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Who makes better hot dogs? Coney Island or Hot Dog Annie’s? GFQ. We tossed that question up on the Facebook machine and got 5 million responses. Tensions were high. Clearly we had to settle this with a good ol’ fashioned dog-off.
First we went to Hot Dog Annie’s. The biggest downside to Annie’s is the fact that it’s in Leicester. Some towns have a useful purpose. Millbury is on the highway and it leads to other useful places, like Providence. But Leicester? That’s the gateway to Spencer. Going into Leicester involves driving behind some moron on Route 9 and then finding an even bigger moron to drive behind on the way home.
Anyway, when you finally get there you’re basically in the middle of nowhere.
The seating is all outside too:
Inside is basically a shack, and every time I go inside there in the summer I feel bad for the poor girls working behind the counter. Because on top of the fact that there’s obviously no AC, it’s small and there’s a piping hot grill in front of them:
Anyway, I get my dogs the only respectable way you can – with mustard and relish. Only a savage puts ketchup on a hot dog. A lot of people getting the chili dog here, but we’re trying to compare them to Coney Island dogs so we have to get the same crap on our dogs at both places.
A major difference between the two places are the buns. Annie’s grills the buns:
And one of the things that sucks about both places is……where’s the beef??
It’s like the Regatta of hot dogs. Is it really that hard to find a slightly bigger hot dog? Is that gonna tear into their profit margins or something? Come on Annie, you’re better than that.
After smashing down those twins it was time to go down to Southbridge St for a couple Coney Island dogs. First of all, how would you get from Annie’s to Coney Island? That’s what I mean by Leicester being a terrible town to travel to. You go out there and then you literally have to retrace your steps to go anywhere else except Whitco. Pain in the ass of a drive right there.
Eventually we ended up down on Southbridge St:
One of the cool things about Coney Island of course is the classic, authentic Worcester feel inside.
Coney Island is famous for it’s wooden benches with shit carved into it.
Shannon and Jeff 4-eva. I’m sure that worked out. After all, on Southbridge Street carving your names into a wooden bench is what they call a “commitment ceremony.”
Another difference between the two is the fact that they serve booze. Also, it’s a great place to read the paper, if you’re a middle-aged grizzled dude who still reads the paper.
Coney Island is basically a hot dog factor.
A major difference between the dogs at Coney Island and Annie’s, is that they put the mustard on the side of the bun, so you don’t even notice it’s there at first.
Yea, sorry Coney Island, I like my dogs SMOTHERED in cheap yellow mustard.And like I said before, they don’t toast the buns at Coney Island
For whatever reason I went into this place under the impression that there dogs had more beef to them. I dunno, you tell me which has more girth? Coney Island
or Hot Dog Annie’s
Looks like a tie to me.
I dunno, I like both these places, but you really need to order like six or seven of them to feel like you’re a real American. I feel like if one of these places invested in bigger dogs they could completely drive the other one out of business. And how much would that really cost? What do they pay, 12 cents per unit? Seems like a worthy investment.
So which one is better? Let’s look at the pros and cons of each:
Hot Dog Annie’s. Pros: You get to eat outside, the buns are toasted and buttered, they have superior mustard to dog ratio, and you’re in an isolated, quiet area. Cons: You gotta drive to Leicester, if the weather’s not great you have to eat in your car like a loser, and you could be attacked by a bear.
Coney Island. Pros: You get to eat in a controlled environment, you can get drunk, and you can declare your love for the stripper you just met at Hurricane Betty’s by carving your names into the seats. Cons: There’s no outdoor seating, the buns aren’t toasted, the mustard is hidden, and the Kelley Square day shift vagrant might hassle you on the way out.
At the end of the day I gotta go with Hot Dog Annie’s. It’s all about the buns and the mustard. Am I right or am I right?
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