Today is August third, three short days after the completion of my National Hot Dog Month celebration where I ate a hot dog a day at a different venue. I ran into Zippity Do Dog owner Mike Gerrol while we were both grabbing an iced coffee at Cumby's last night. He remarked on my visits to George's Coney Island in Worcester and Nick's Original Coney Island Weiners in Fall River and told me I had to try his Coney Island dog. So, today I stopped by around noon.
Metrowest doesn't have a true Coney Island hot dog joint. The closet you get is Archie's on a Roll in Marlborough, but he serves Michigan Sauce on his dogs. I won't go into the differences between the two sauce styles, but suffice to say there isn't a Coney Island hot dog stand between Boston and Worcester.
Coney Island sauce is essentially a meat only kind of chili. The main ingredients are ground beef and chili powder, but each hot dog joint has their own spin on their sauce. Some are spicier up front, some are sweet, and some are very savory. Every good Coney Island hot dog joint guards their sauce recipe like a state secret. Whatever way any given Coney Island sauce is seasoned, if the sauce is fresh made, it's sure to be a good experience.
The most important ingredient of a Coney Island hot dog, after a piping hot (Kayem in Zippity's case) hot dog, is the sauce. Mike's Coney sauce did not disappoint. It was not overly spicy and it had a hearty flavor that said "hey, this here's a mighty fine meat sauce." Mike said he'd stack his Coney sauce up against any others out there. It was good, but I really don't like getting into the whole "who has the best sauce" argument. Like I said, each place is different. On this day, Zippity Do Dog had the best Coney Island hot dog in the parking lot!