Dallas Hot Weiners

Albany, Kingston, Lake Katrine, Saugerties

With four locations around the region (the latest, in Lake Katrine, opened in August 2014), Dallas Hot Wieners has been in operation since 1927. Today, the family-run business still revolves around a single recipe for a “secret sauce,” which transforms boiled hot dogs into tasty meals. Go for the Dallas Hot Wiener with everything — that is, secret sauce topped with a ribbon of mustard and a sprinkling of onion for just $1.75, tax included (cash only). Make it a cheese dog for 50 cents more. If you get a hankering for the secret sauce after hours, you can always bring home a pint for $5. Note: This thin meat sauce is nicely spiced and takes a moment to kick in. And not only does it top off hot dogs, it also makes a good foil for burgers and fries, also on the menu.

If not everyone in your group is a dog person, gyros, souvlaki, and other Greek specialties are available at all except the original North Front Street location in Kingston, which has a decidedly retro air, complete with a charming yellow vintage tin ceiling. Here on a recent weekday afternoon, the counter and booths (which seat about 30) were filled with businessmen in suits, local contractors on break, mothers with young children. Closed Sunday (Kingston). 845-338-6094; www.dallashotwieners.com

dallas hot weiners Fred Tampasis

Hot diggity dog! The popular dogs at Dallas Hot Weiners are served with a secret sauce. At right: co-owner Fred Tampasis. Photographs by Jennifer May

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