Every day on my way to work I drive by an ice cream/hot dog stand called “Dudley’s” which used to be a Dairy Queen back in the day. I like the fact that a place that was once a chain ice cream/hot doggery stand has now been converted to a locally owned place and thought I’d stop there and check out their hot dogs and see how they do in this week’s battle of Peoria’s Hot Dog Wars. So Ringo, old chap, please sound the battle drums and we’ll let this weeks Weenie War begin!
It's a nice day out here as we head out to Dudley's. Outside of the fact that I drive by this place every day, I have another reason for including it in Peoria's Hot Dog Wars, which will be revealed a little down the line. Keep on reading!
Okay, here we are, let's go park and let this week's battle begin!
Plenty of parking spots here in the back, let's mosey on over to the front of the place.
Only one man stands between us and this week's order, let's approach the window.
Hot dog, the menu says it all!
The window is free, so let's go place our order.
Here's Sally who takes our order and strikes a pose for the MBIP camera.
Dudley's is doggie friendly and offer a special Doggie Sundae if you want to bring your pooch along for an ice cream treat.
There's tables to sit at over here at the side of the stand, but I have another idea...
Remember I said I had a special reason for visiting this place? Well it's because that just about a block away...
Shit, the door is locked, let's go around and see what's going on here...
Motherfucker, they're closed on a Sunday afternoon. I have to give Whitey shit about this the next time I'm in here. Okay, time to improvise...
Yes, Virginia, if memory serves me correctly, there's another bar right down the block, let's go see if they're open on a Sunday afternoon.
This used to be called, The Sports Page back in the day, now it's called Jimmy C's. I used to stop in here when the Tip Top was slow, it was kind of my secondary bar on this block. I drive by here every day on my way to work and have wondered what it's like in here these days.
Well, according to the sign, they're open and they have an oxygen tank in the building. Who could ask for anything more? Let's go check it out!
Okay, right off the bat I love the fact that it's about 2:07 in the afternoon, yet it's dark as midnight in here.
Chrissie the friendly bartender serves up a beer and said it was cool for me to stage the hot dog wars in here. Things always have a way of working out here in MBIP land!
Adam and Becka were seated at the end of the bar and it turns out Adam graduated from Notre Dame High School. I told him about my post about returning there and he dialed it up on his iPad and he enjoyed that post.
Okay, time to take a seat at the bar and let this edition of Peoria Hot Dog Wars begin!
This weeks weenie warriors are inside this bag with a bottle of Bud standing attention next to them, this afternoon is shaping up nicely.
I like the foil packaging on the dogs and I just noticed that this week's hot dog wars have a special guest as Justin Bieber looks on in the distance. I'm a Belieber!
Here's the chili cheese dog. I got it with onions, but sadly they didn't grill them and I don't see much cheese on the dog. Let's take a bite and see how it fares.
The chili is tasty, but a little too runny and thin for my taste and is it me, or do these onions look like Chicklets? They're freaking me out!
Here's this week's mustard dog unwrapped. This is like a mirror image of last week's mustard dog, generic yellow mustard spread thinly on the hot dog. Get some decent mustard out there people! This is like going into World War Three with a half-cocked bb gun for god's sakes!
It's okay, but between the runny chili and the generic mustard, I think we all know who the victor of this week's Hot Dog Wars are, but keep reading to find out for sure.
The good news is that Jimmy C's still looks and feels the same as it did when I used to come here about 25 years ago when it was the Sports Page. I'll have to stop in here this Thursday for my two beers post.
Hot Dog War Status
The Hoffbrau House remains the Hot Dog King of the Peoria Hot Dog Wars. Dudley’s dogs were okay, but the chili was a little too runny for my taste and I’m really getting sick of everyone slathering their dogs with generic mustard. Enough already people!
Hot Dog Rating
One and a Half Oscar Mayer Wienermobiles. Next visit I think I’ll try some of their ice cream treats. I've heard they're really good.