You know Dante Rivera, whose Dante’s Inferno Dogs hot dog carts have blessed street corners from Ballard to U. Village, and every farmers’ market in between.
Now he’s gone and gotten himself an address: 5219 Ballard Ave NW, to be exact, just around the corner from where he usually sets up his cart outside King’s Hardware. Snacks! Ballard’s Bodega won’t replace his carts; just augment them with “upscale 7-11” items from Fritos and Junior Mints to specialty goods previously only available at local farmers’ markets. Goods like “Honey, I’m Home” ready-made salad dressings, and Pete’s Peanut Brittle.
A take-out window features his dogs—now available in the sorts of varieties a little permanency allows. Chili dogs, with chili imported from Rivera’s hometown of Detroit. Bacon-wrapped dogs, which are already proving the big draw.
Stopped in yesterday for a Boar’s Head weiner with bacon (and onions and jalapenos and brown mustard) and a chicken-apple veggie dog with ketchup. Big yums all around, with dogs so juicy they snapped when bitten. Apparently the chili, however, is temporarily AWOL…so be patient. First shipment came to the wrong address and spoiled.
And don’t tell ’em I told you, but this week to celebrate its opening, Snacks! is offering free soft-serve ice cream cones to all weiner-eaters.