I’m not sure how loudly I have proclaimed my love for hot dogs in the past, and I’m going to keep on proclaiming because I had one of the most delicious hot dogs of my life in Denver. I was lucky enough to go to Biker Jim’s Gourmet Hot Dog stand on 16th and Champa. Anthony Bourdain is supposedly a big fan and now, so are J and I.
It’s a food cart, and they sell hot dogs for $5, but the catch is that these are no ordinary hot dogs. They serve elk, boar, and buffalo hotdogs along with all beef hot dogs. It seemed like a popular place because there was a line of hungry looking but patient people.
J ordered the Elk jalapeno and cheddar dog. I went crazy and ordered two different dogs, the veal hot dog and the Louisiana Red Hot (all beef dog). You can get the option of cream cheese and caramelized onions (cooked with Pepsi) on the dogs. I was not sure about this but I went ahead and did it anyway and am so damn glad I made that decision.
My other favorite part of this food cart was the variety of toppings they offered: fresh chopped onions, banana peppers, jalapeno peppers, sauerkraut, Sriracha, etc. It was wonderful!
Let me tell you, when I bit into that Louisiana Red Hot, I was amazed by the deliciousness going on in my mouth. It was spicy, not too salty, popped with flavor. The cream cheese and onions really added to the entire experience. My mouth is watering thinking about it right now. The veal hot dog was really good but not as transcendent as the Red Hot. J loved his elk, I found it a little dry. I probably could have eaten at least one more Red Hot, but I held back and I was thinking it’s probably not the healthiest thing to down three hot dogs in ten minutes. Sometimes, I wish I wasn’t so reasonable but I am so happy that we got to taste that little slice of hot dog heaven.