Today's Daily Gazette in Schenectady, N.Y., reviews the restaurant Hot Diggity Dogs, which opened in September.
It has a pack of dogs including the Chicago Dog; Perro Caliente, a hog dog on a tortilla with chili, salsa and rice; and the Pittsburgh Dog, with lettuce, tomatoes, cabbage and provolone. The Babe Ruth has mustard and saurkraut. You can also get a corn dog or that oxmoronish veggie dog.
So far, no big problem.
Our issue is with the house dog, the Diggity Dog, and their version of a Coney Dog.
The Diggity Dog is topped with meat sauce, chopped onions and cheese. The reviewer wrote, "Hot Diggity Dogs’ meat sauce is especially good, a dense ground beef mixture that has been simmered for a long time with the house’s spices, including a whisper of cinnamon I could detect. It was a savory delight." That sounds to Detroiters like the fixings for a Coney Dog. So what are they serving up as a Coney?
We called Hot Diggity Dogs and asked. They said they use a chili sauce with beans in it. No way! That's no Coney. They have the names backward!
The reviewer didn't pick up on that. He seems to be new to Coney dogs, but he's learning. He also wrote, "There is ketchup at the counter and at the tables. So you can add some of your favorite if you like, though I found it interesting and, well, a good thing that none of the hot dogs on the menu come with ketchup."
That's right. The ketchup is for the fries.
Please, Hot Diggity Dog, stop misrepresenting Coneys as beanified.