February 2010.. I had a Home Depot errand to run during lunch early this week which in these parts used to mean a quick bite at EZ Take Out Burger but I was more than ready to give Vallarta Express (that had taken its place) another try. I then spotted this Sabrett cart at the Mobil station off of Genessee and Clairemont on the way over...
Funny I never noticed it ever being there. I got the New York style (regular but you have a choice of spicy) which comes with the lovely red onion sauce and mustard. It's been an ancient long while (over 15 years) since I had a Sabrett in Manhattan and once at that. The lady who ran this SD cart was really friendly and someone you can easily strike up a convo with.
The buns were fluffy steamed (almost too hot to hold for a few secs). Unfortunately the natural casing dog felt a wee bit waterlogged and the all important snap that I was looking forward to was faint. Otherwise it was nice and salty in a good way and I found the smooth texture of the meat also a pleasure.
I also enjoyed that sweet tangy cooked onions in tomato red sauce and was glad I had chosen the spicier deli mustard. Still the $2.50 price had me feeling a little steepish. Many fish tacos would bring me change for two. A buck-fifty would get me a jumbo dog And a drink at Costco.. If at the IKEA snack bar I can fetch five of their 50-cent (but mediocre) smaller dogs, not that I would ever want to do that but, haha.
Perhaps a close to a New York dirty water dog experience is still worth it. Or judging by this talk thread maybe any inconsistencies are authentic after all?? In any case I have a feeling I'll be back to try the chili.. I hope my next dog would have a better snap. :)
Sabrett Hot Dog Cart, Mobil Station corner of Genessee and Clairemont, San Diego