Monday, August 1, 2011

Sassy Hot Dogs

Confession time, hot dogs are my guilty pleasure. I know, I know they have a reputation of being unhealthy and just all around yucky; but every now and then, I just want to relive the carefree days of youth and just eat something because I want to. This weekend had one of those days. Once I found out that July was National Hot Dog Month, it just seemed like I would not be acknowledging my guilty pleasure if I didn't have a hot dog. I mean the month was almost over, I had to do my part, right?

So, off I went to far south Fort Worth to visit Sassy Hot Dogs.

These aren't your corner fast food restaurant dogs, at all. You want Chicago dogs? They have them. You want New York dogs? You want Mexican dogs? They have them. You want plain wiener in a bun? They have them.

This is the Chili Cheese Dog.  

So much to say about this dog.... first, the bun.  An unbelievably fresh, soft bun. Amazingly soft yet it held the dog together without getting soggy.  Then the wiener: 100% all beef, none of those scary by-products, it actually tasted like real meat. But the star of this dog was the chili. Homemade, real beef chili. Honestly, I would love to have another bowl of just the chili.   A knife and fork are included, you aren't picking this dog up with your hands. At least not without a bib.

Just for comparison sake, here is the plain dog. You can tell how fresh the bun is. That's no kiddie size (or tasting) dog.

Along with a dozen or so variations on the hot dog, Sassy also has several variations of hamburgers, tacos, egg rolls, fresh cut fries and fried pickles.

Sassy even offers a dessert item.

Fried Marshmallows! 

Don't those look good?  

A giant marshmallow wrapped in a light dough and then deep fried.   Then, the perfectly fried little balls are rolled in cinnamon and sugar. You cannot even dream of how good these babies are.  Actually, I am dreaming about them right now, specifically dreaming of a crisp fall day with a cup of hot chocolate and some fried marshmallows, it sounds like the perfect afternoon, please don't wake me.

I'm so glad I visited Sassy to celebrate National Hot Dog month. The best chili dog I have ever had,with an awesome dessert. Thanks Sassy, I will be back soon!

Be sure to check out Sassy Facebook page and check out some new specials, their location and hours.

Green House Truck

Occasionally, I really do want to eat healthy. Last week had one of those days, but it was also too hot to cook at home, so I had to find a food truck that served healthy food.   As luck would have it, the same week   Green House Truck was back on the road after a brief break. "Green House", it just sounds healthy, right?  So off I went to find what is self-described as "a healthy, local, chef driven truck".

Since everything is made fresh daily Greenhouse has a limited menu. Not to worry, everything you need to satisfy your taste buds are available and since the menu is seasonal, I am never going to run out of options to try.

The soup of the day on this particular day was Watermelon Ginger Gazpacho. I had never had gazpacho, but I knew it was suppose to be served cold and I knew the weather was hot, so it just seemed like the right thing to order.

Holy chilled soup, Batman! Was it ever!

How beautiful is that?  

A cool, flavorful mixture of watermelon and various veggies and spices. The soup had been pureed long enough to not have chunks but not too long so that it still had small bits to add a very nice texture. I am not kidding when I say I could have eaten a second (and possibly third) cup of this gazpacho. 

Instead of vats of gazpacho, I also had the Green House salad.

A mixture of greens, cucumbers and red and yellow cherry tomatoes along with added chicken breast. What a salad! The veggies were fresh and cool but the real flavor came from the chicken which were perfectly cooked with an amazing, mild lemon herb flavor.  The balsamic vinaigrette was a very tasty addition to a very tasty salad.   

As I was eating the chicken I was thinking about how good it would be on a sandwich. Luckily, Green House anticipated my thoughts and they offer a ciabatta sandwich, with your choice of chicken, miso flank steak or portobello mushroom. It is going to be so hard to decide which to try for my next healthy meal, but I assure you that I will eventually try them all.

In addition to their website, Green House can be found on Facebook.   I hope you visit them soon and have a healthy, very tasty meal.... order the Watermelon Ginger Gazpacho and thank me for the suggestion!
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