There has been some discussion on the Twitters lately about what one should order when trying out a place they haven't eaten at before. Should you order what are the consensus strengths of the restaurant's menu, or is it ok to be the guy who orders stir fry off of the pub's menu because hey if they put it on there it should be good right? Truthfully I'm not sure there is a good answer to that question, and I tend to think the answer varies based on what kind of place your dining at and other factors (See my first post about pulled pork at the Ale Emporium). I bring this up because Zacky's is a small yet popular little place in Carmel that specializes in hot dogs, but they also have some bbq options such as pulled pork and ribs. As you probably know I love me some bbq, but I decided in this instance to go with one of Zacky's specialty hot dogs and leave the bbq for another day.
Zacky's has several specialty hot dogs, and if you prefer to eat like you're a 5 year old you can even get one plain. The hot dogs are Vienna Beef and have different preparations along with different toppings. In order to satisfy my lingering desire for bbq and smoke I decided to go with the ZQ Dog. This was a deep-fried hot dog, bacon, cheddar cheese, and bbq sauce. I made mine a combo with fries and a drink for an extra 2.99. If you're so inclined you can swap out fries for various other sides including sweet potato fries. I might have done just that except there is something you should know about Zacky's. If you go on a Saturday afternoon the atmosphere in the place is a bit manic. It's fairly small, and there were a lot of people wanting to get their grub on including quite a few kids. Such a secenario doesn't give one the time to peruse the menu that otherwise might be available. Also, the number of tables is somewhat limited so beware of that if you aren't getting takeout.
Despite the busy surroundings our food was ready in a prompt manner. I was wondering if one hot dog was going to be enough to placate my hunger, but luckily it was a good sized dog and the portion of crinkle cut fries was more than adequate. This was my first time ever having a fried hot dog, and while I didn't find it as rave-worthy (cool points for made up words!) as other people I did like the texture. The flavor was just what I was looking for. The smoky bacon paired well with the cheddar and the sweetness of the bbq sauce. Also, the flavor of the hot dog wasn't lost under the toppings. While the fries weren't of the fresh-cut variety I always dig crinkle cuts served in a basket. That's 'murican right there.
Taste 8/10 Exceeded expectations for my first visit in spite of the fact that hot dogs usually aren't a go to lunch for me. I can't wait to go back and try some of their bbq offerings.
Value 6.5/10 Zacky's is putting out some dang good hot dogs, but they are a bit pricy. A hot dog combo ran between 6 and 7 bucks. An above average value for sure just not by a lot.
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