This one’s for you Fresno. I took one for the team again and ventured out to Old Town Clovis, home of the newly opened California Hotdogs. I really hadn’t heard much about them besides the Bee’s recent write up. I really had
low high hopes that they were bringing something creative to the local hot dog scene, which is pretty much non-existent.
I wish I could report something positive here but I just can’t. Despite the long list of creative hot dog combinations, and the fact that they’re serving all beef dogs, they simply don’t “make” anything here. I’ll give them a pass on not making their own hot dogs, but if you can’t make a simple potato salad or a signature chili, then just what the heck are you selling? Convenience I guess. But at $4.95 for a chili dog, I’ll just “assemble” it myself at home.
I’m not saying that the food is poor quality but come on now. You don’t need a whole restaurant for this cuisine. Just buy a hotdog cart and save yourself about $2500+ a month in rent. This reminds me of the old hot dog place in Fig Garden, Haute Dave’s. They were supposed to be gourmet. Guess how many side dishes they made? Zero. Guess where they are now? Closed.
I’m hoping that California Hotdogs will get a clue and put some more effort into this thing. Just imagine cranking out some awesome chili, house cut fries, and some grandma style macaroni salad. Not only would that justify the cost, it would probably make it a viable dining option for lunch or dinner. For now though I’ll be left to eat Nathan’s Hot Dogs at home topped with Hormel No-Bean chili.
Oh yeah- The actual food we ate was just okay. Despite the glorious looking bacon-macaroni and cheese dog, my wife said the mac tasted like it was made way earlier in the day. The tots were barely cooked. Remember the old cafeteria tots? Baked not fried. Same here.