The story of the $20 Hot Dog. And sauerkraut.

A friend and I visited a new-ish hipster sausage place in downtown LA a few months back. 2 dogs and 2 beers later, we were $40 in the hole and the price tag definitely left a bad taste in our mouths (not to mention the snobby guy at the counter who took our money in the first place).
As he asked me what toppings I wanted in his slurred, I-don’t-give-a-shit because-I-probably-play-in-a-band-and-shop-at-Goodwill-even-though-I can-sorta-afford-not—-ok, ok I’m not bitter!—-but as he slurred “peppersonionssauerkrautalrightwithyou?” and looked at me blankly, annoyed that I wouldn’t just say yes, I was pressured into saying, well, “Yes.”
Automatically I regretted my decision, because I knew I didn’t like sauerkraut. Never have, never really gave it a chance, but I mean come on, it’s pickled cabbage. How many people give it a chance? Anyhow, no turning back at this point. Off to find a table in the crowded dining area and await our meal.
The food finally came; fries were tolerable, the beers were alright; now it was time for the main course. The sausage. The SAUERKRAUT. The stare down. The, “Wanna try some on yours?” to my mate who opted out of the dreaded topping even with cashier guy’s evil stares. And then, out of the blue, it happened….
“Heyyy…I actually like this stuff, this sauerkraut…”
“Hey, me too actually…weird…I never thought I’d like it!”
And so began our new-found liking of sauerkraut.
Although it felt like highway robbery to pay $40 for (in it’s most basic form) hot dogs and beer, we had discovered this thing, this pickled cabbage that was sour-ish and tangy and delightful served with overpriced meat in tube form.
Today I purchased my very first big glass jar of Kruegermann Sauerkraut. Now it’s on to the next step, which is creating the $20 hot dog at home. You’ll see posts about this in the future.
I guess we have snobby cashier guy to thank in part for this discovery. Something good did come out of his pretentious attitude, which is a lesson I’ve learned over and over again in LA. Oh LA.


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