Well, folks, you may have heard that there’s a Nathan’s opening near Point Park University. In fact, on Monday the company is pulling out all the stops during a grand opening celebration and selling hot dogs for only 5 cents from 12:00 pm to 2:00 pm. The low price tag honors the chain’s heritage, as the original Nathan’s hot dog stand on Coney Island sold its dogs for 5 cents when it opened in 1916.
Let me tell you, I have mixed feelings about this event. Having grown up in the New York area, Nathan’s Famous seriously influenced my career choice. Without it there may not be a Franktuary today. But here’s the thing, I’ve been to a handful of Nathan’s outlets in my lifetime and only one really measures up to its own standard. That, of course, is the original store on Coney Island. It’s fabulous. If you appreciate a good frankfurter and ever have the chance to go there, do it. Every other Nathan’s I’ve visited simply isn’t as good. I can’t prove it, but I’m convinced they use a different frank at their flagship store than anywhere else.
Don’t take my word for it, though. Go to Nathan’s of Pittsburgh on Monday, score a great deal, and see for yourself. To be totally candid, when it comes to taste and texture the classic frank we serve at Franktuary is likely closer to what Nathan’s serves from Coney Island than what Nathan’s is serving in Pittsburgh. Last I checked Nathan’s does not offer a veggie dog and it certainly offers nothing in remotely the same league as our Locavore (the healthiest, most earth-friendly, frank you will ever find). So, by all means, visit Nathan’s this Monday. We’re confident you’ll be back our way.