Monday, April 20, 2009

The Greatest Hot Dog on EARTH!!!

Hot dogs: staple of every 4-8 year old’s diet and general, all-around food of the Gods. What’s in them? Who cares? All I know is that they are tasty, bad for me and always bring a smile to my face.

As with the burger-to-end-all-burgers on the Disney Cruise Ships (if you don’t know what I mean, we’ll get to it later), Disney has also nailed down the best tasting hot dog ever to be drowned in a torrent of colorful and artificial condiments.

At the end of Main Street in the Magic Kingdom, across from the ice cream parlor sits Casey’s Corner, perhaps the greatest quick-service dining establishment in all of the “world”. Casey’s is a simple place and the menu is small but it has all that it needs, hot dogs and French fries. Full stop. Nothing else needed. Casey’s has a multitude of registers (and they need them) as you walk through the door and is flanked by two dining areas. The indoor area is adjacent to the order area and also has an entrance from the Main Street Athletic Club next door. It features older cartoon shorts, all of which are sports-themed and are always playing on the central big screen. The outdoor dining area is beautiful on a nice day and features a piano that is sometimes graced by one of a few amazing players, one of which I remember seeing on my very first trip back in 1986.

As with any great hot dog stand, Casey’s supplies some amazing fries as the perfect side. C’mon people; a piping hot frank with fries and an ice cold soda. What could be better? The location also makes it the perfect place to grab a snack and get a good parade spot.

What makes Casey’s All-American Beef hot dogs so fantastic? Frankly, the secret ingredient (if there even is one) could have fallen to Earth in a glowing heap and I wouldn’t care and you won't either once you try them. If you never have then run, don’t walk, to that corner the next time you’re in the Magic Kingdom.

Oh, one more thing. If you’re sitting outside, in the name of all that is holy, DON’T FEED THE BIRDS!!! Trust me, those birds are angry.

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