PANAMA CITY – Relish, mustard, onions, sauerkraut, coleslaw, chili and cheese – let me count the ways I beat you, oh, hot dog.
This weekend’s All-American Hot Dog Festival celebrates a staple of July 4th dining with restaurants putting their specialties on top. From 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, vendors will be set up in the back parking lot of House of Henry, 461 Harrison Ave., selling specialty dogs from their stations.
Bite into familiar and new favorites with creations from Festival presenter House of Henry, who just celebrated his first birthday last Saturday, as well as History Class Brewing Co., Pop’s Dawgs, The Place Downtown, Steak ‘n Shake Panama City, Jerry’s Burger Co., and Côté Chien de la Lune.
House of Henry owner Bobby Beard and Chef Tanner Lockrem, known for serving up American favorites amid traditional Irish fare, are sure to serve up another portable classic worth celebrating.
Henri’s House:Move on MasterChef Junior! Panama City’s House of Henry inspires young culinary artists
Looking back:History Class Brewing Co. creates community buzz
Reconstitution:The Place Downtown picks up the pieces
Competition:Jerry’s Burger Co.: Are you up for the challenge?
History Class will bring back the brewery’s deer sausage dawgs, while The Place Downtown will roll out an all-beef dog topped with kimchi, teriyaki aioli, Dijon wasabi, and toasted black sesame seeds.
Dog Side of the Moon will have their entire food truck menu, although the most popular is the chili dog. Toppings available include sauerkraut, onions, chili hot dog sauce, coleslaw, jalapeños, ketchup, and mayonnaise. Do you like a little spice or to keep it chewy? A little sour or sweet? Dog Side of the Moon offers you choices of Spicy Mustard and Yellow Mustard, Dill Relish, and Sweet Relish. The hot dog combo includes a hot dog, fries, and drink for $ 5, while a la carte hot dogs are $ 3 and fries and drinks are $ 1 each.
Steak ‘n Shake Panama City offers the franchise’s 100% 100% beef franc steak with all toppings. Choose from the popular chili cheese dog, staple condiments, such as ketchup, mustard, mayonnaise, diced onion, and the famous “mustard relish,” plus jalapeños to spice things up.
Although Pop’s Dawgs was destroyed by Hurricane Michael in October 2018, owner Steve Rainelli deployed Pop’s Dawg’s mobile truck to Jenks Avenue in December 2020. Pop’s still serves Nathan’s beef hot dogs.
At Saturday’s festival, Pop’s Dawgs will offer eight specialty hot dogs: New York Street Dog (sauerkraut, spicy brown mustard), Naked Dawg (plain), Slaw Dawg (coleslaw, brown mustard), Ball Park Dog (mustard, ketchup, relish, onions), Chili Cheese Dog (chili, cheese, mustard, onions), Chili Dog (chili, mustard, onions), Pop’s Chicago Dawg (mustard, relish, onions, tomato, pickle, celery salt and sport peppers) and Chili Slaw Dawg (chili, coleslaw, mustard).
Get Pop’s Plain Dog and create your own specialty from the available toppings: mustard, onions, chili, ketchup, brown mustard, relish, cheese, coleslaw, banana peppers, kraut, mayonnaise and jalapeños.
Chili Pop’s is an “old family recipe” that includes green peppers, onions and ketchup. Grab a few Frito’s and make your own Frito Pie Dawg, which was on the menu at the former 15th Street location (home of the 6ft “Willie the Weenie” hot dog statue) when it opened. The creation began by “accident,” Rainelli explained in 2014, when a customer chose to get the Frito pie “on the hot dog”.
Pop’s Dawgs meal offers include a hot dog, fries and a drink for $ 5; or prepare yourself two hot dogs, fries and a drink for $ 7. A la carte hot dogs cost $ 3, while fries, soft drinks, and bottled water cost $ 1 each.
WANT TO GO?
What: All-American Hot Dog Festival with vendors selling specialty dogs at their stations; CJ the DJ
When: from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday
Where: House of Henry rear parking lot, 461 Harrison Ave., Panama City
Details and update: Facebook.com/hohpub