Best Thing We Ate

Best Thing We Ate: Sweet Smokey at Hofmann Hots

By Farah Fleurima  |  December 13, 2013
Credit: Brian Hilson

When you’re picking up your order at West Dallas’ Hofmann Hots, there’s a sign behind the counter alerting that you’re about to eat “America’s Greatest Hot Dog.” One bite into the Sweet Smokey, we had to agree. Hofmann is a New York operation that’s been making franks called Hots since the 1800s; childhood fan and Dallas restaurant impresario Phil Romano (of Macaroni Grill fame), bought the business and brought the concept here, complete with ’50s-style diner and cheeky signage (“Grab your wiener here!”). The Sweet Smokey tops a thick, juicy dog in a maple glaze, a housemade smoked Gouda pimiento spread and decks it with chopped bacon. Add the house-baked split-top brioche bun, and you’re in for a sweet-savory meal that simply begs for a side of tater tots and a custard shake. We doubt Hofmann’s was serving this dog in the 1800s, but our taste buds are happy we have it today. We can certainly taste why it’s the Dallas location’s second-biggest seller - after the classic chili cheese dog - because bacon, cheese and a hot dog are never not an awesome idea.

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