May 30

West Coast Winner of a Wiener – Wienerschnitzel

Wienschnitzel Walk Up Window

Wienerschnitzel Walk Up Window at Night

Kraut Dog from Wienerschnitzel

Wienerschnitzel Kraut Dog (Yellow Mustard and Sauerkraut)

Chicago Dog from Wienerschitzel

Chicago Dog (Yellow Mustard, Relish, Tomato, Onions, Pickle, Celery Salt and Sport Peppers) from Wienerschnitzel

It must be the consistently good weather in Southern California that allows for the business model of a fast food restaurant to have no indoor seating and just a few concrete tables outside with ordering of the food either through a drive through or walk up window.

Wienerschnitzel is not so impressive that the masses of fast food lovers and haters have to drop everything that they are doing to go and order a hot dog from Wienerschnitzel. I believe what makes the fast food restaurant unique to this East Coast transplant living in Houston, TX is that the restaurant is very much West Coast. I relate this uniqueness similar to someone from the West or East Coast experiencing Whataburger in Texas. Despite being a predominately California, Arizona and a sprinkling of locations throughout the west including Texas, there is something interesting about this A-Frame building where the only two ways to order is either to walk up or drive through.

There is more on the menu then hotdogs, but this is what I come to Wienerschnitzel to experience. I typically order a Kraut Dog and a Chicago Dog.

The Kraut Dog is just that, a hotdog, a line of Yellow Mustard and topped with Sauerkraut. The Chicago Dog is a decent rendition of the style of hotdog served in Chicago (Mustard, Relish, Tomato, Onions, Pickle, Celery Salt and Sport Peppers). To include the adjectives; impressive, gourmet, high end or quality when describing these hotdogs would be a real stretch of the imagination. Let us be honest, it is just a hotdog, one of the lowliest forms of convenience food. However, to use the adjectives; tasty, feed that craving or served its purpose, is exactly what these hotdogs from Wienerschnitzel achieves.

Recently I have been in the pursuit of fast food restaurant alternatives to the hamburger. The hotdogs at Wienerschnitzel meet that requirement. They are sold at a reasonable price, made to order, tasty and fill that craving for something different then a hamburger.

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