IBJOpinion

DINING: Walk into wiener wonderland at King David

Back to TopCommentsE-mailPrintBookmark and Share
Dining - A&E

It was a bad decision that turned out well.

My self-imposed hot dog hiatus ended this month with a trip to downtown favorite King David Dogs (135 N. Pennsylvania St., 632-3647), which offers an inventive array of toppings to accent its all-beef franks. How can the culinarily curious say no to choices like fried egg, pineapple relish, and macaroni and cheese?

ae-kingdavid02-15col.jpg Just about any topping you can imagine can be added to a King David dog. (IBJ photo/Aaron P. Bernstein)

The eatery’s quarter-pound wieners are made using a recipe that dates back to the 1940s, when owner Brent Joseph’s grandfather and great uncle started Hene Meat Co. after immigrating to Indianapolis from their native Germany. (If red meat’s not your thing, a darn good chicken sausage also is available.)

With maximum decadence my goal, I opted for a new creation: the Bad Decision Dog ($5.99), a hefty beef hot dog on the standard steamed poppy seed bun, smothered in chili, bacon, onions, mac and cheese, ranch dressing, and cheddar cheese. Oh. My. Goodness.

It was more than a mouthful, to be sure, but somehow everything held together well enough that I didn’t need the fork I picked up as a precaution. Every mouthful was a palate-pleasing combination of complementary tastes and textures.

My less-daring friend opted for a Pretzel Dog ($4.99), the standard wiener served on a pretzel bun with a choice of toppings. Although her preferences were more traditional—brown mustard and sauerkraut—her dog disappeared almost as fast as mine did.

I lured her into the abyss with our shared side, however. The Monster ($5.99) has been on my to-try list for years. Listed on the “Not Dogs” portion of the menu (separate from the more-modest side dishes), it features King David’s fresh-cut fries and addictive tater tots topped with nacho cheese, chili, bacon, onions and jalapenos. Ranch dressing comes on the side for dipping. And dip we did, adding tanginess to the cornucopia of flavors.

Sadly, we ran out of room before we could give in to the temptation of a half-pound Carol’s cookie shipped in from Chicago. I know from experience that the dense treats ($2.49) can push “comfortably full” into “miserable” territory in just a few bites.

Bad decision? Probably. But it also turned out well.•

__________

Fourth in a month-long series of game piece restaurant reviews.

ADVERTISEMENT

Post a comment to this story

COMMENTS POLICY
We reserve the right to remove any post that we feel is obscene, profane, vulgar, racist, sexually explicit, abusive, or hateful.
 
You are legally responsible for what you post and your anonymity is not guaranteed.
 
Posts that insult, defame, threaten, harass or abuse other readers or people mentioned in IBJ editorial content are also subject to removal. Please respect the privacy of individuals and refrain from posting personal information.
 
No solicitations, spamming or advertisements are allowed. Readers may post links to other informational websites that are relevant to the topic at hand, but please do not link to objectionable material.
 
We may remove messages that are unrelated to the topic, encourage illegal activity, use all capital letters or are unreadable.
 

Messages that are flagged by readers as objectionable will be reviewed and may or may not be removed. Please do not flag a post simply because you disagree with it.

Sponsored by
ADVERTISEMENT

facebook - twitter on Facebook & Twitter

Follow on TwitterFollow IBJ on Facebook:
Follow on TwitterFollow IBJ's Tweets on these topics:
 
Subscribe to IBJ
  1. By the way, the right to work law is intended to prevent forced union membership, not as a way to keep workers in bondage as you make it sound, Italiano. If union leadership would spend all of their funding on the workers, who they are supposed to be representing, instead of trying to buy political favor and living lavish lifestyles as a result of the forced membership, this law would never had been necessary.

  2. Unions once served a noble purpose before greed and apathy took over. Now most unions are just as bad or even worse than the ills they sought to correct. I don't believe I have seen a positive comment posted by you. If you don't like the way things are done here, why do you live here? It would seem a more liberal environment like New York or California would suit you better?

  3. just to clear it up... Straight No Chaser is an a capella group that formed at IU. They've toured nationally typically doing a capella arangements of everything from Old Songbook Standards to current hits on the radio.

  4. This surprises you? Mayor Marine pulled the same crap whenhe levered the assets of the water co up by half a billion $$$ then he created his GRAFTER PROGRAM called REBUILDINDY. That program did not do anything for the Ratepayors Water Infrastructure Assets except encumber them and FORCE invitable higher water and sewer rates on Ratepayors to cover debt coverage on the dough he stole FROM THE PUBLIC TRUST. The guy is morally bankrupt to the average taxpayer and Ratepayor.

  5. There is no developer on the planet that isn't aware of what their subcontractors are doing (or not doing). They hire construction superintendents. They have architects and engineers on site to observe construction progress. If your subcontractor wasn't doing their job, you fire them and find someone who will. If people wonder why more condos aren't being built, developers like Kosene & Kosene are the reason. I am glad the residents were on the winning end after a long battle.

ADVERTISEMENT