The overstuffed chili dog at Dickson’s. If you look carefully, you can see the glint of mayo through the morass of chili.
How much is that doggie in the window? Five dollars.
In common with other purveyors in Chelsea Market, Dickson’s has been vying to lure the tourist hordes who descend upon the complex — a former Nabisco factory — in search not of foodie raw materials, but of prepared foods that can be immediately consumed. Earlier, Dickson’s has displayed pre-made sandwiches in the window, and flogged steam-table selections at lunchtime, but now maybe they’ve hit on the perfect formula: hot dogs elevated from trashy to wholesome.
The all-beef franks are locally sourced, natural-skinned, and faintly smoky. The dog fully loaded is topped with meat-only chili (you expect beans from a butcher?), pickled peppers in three colors (green, yellow, and red), and a squirt of mayo. It’s an aristocrat among chili dogs, and probably worth its $5 price tag. It certainly would be hard to eat more than one.
Here’s what the window looked like when it was first set up at 10 a.m. this morning. Can tourists resist?
Dickson’s Farmstand Meats
75 Ninth Avenue