The Dog Blog is back and today we feature the king of all hot dogs: The Marshall Dog.
I wouldn’t have come across this hot dog if it wasn’t for the urging of my former co-worker Rick Weegman. He swore by the awesomeness of this hot dog and how it was significantly better than the Public Schools Stadium dog that I raved about and consumed every Friday night during football season. Being the hot dog connoisseur that I am, it was necessary to give it a shot. I was not disappointed.
The lines leading up to the concession stand should have given it away. That or the regular announcements coming from the press box alerting those watching the game that the hot dogs were almost done. I worked my way to the front and ordered one. Immediately it became clear that this was going to be a hot dog like no other.
It was plump. It was fresh off the grill. It was steaming. And it ended up being delicious. The juices flowing from this dog were unmatched in any other hot dog I’ve tried in my time covering sports and concerts in the Northland. The sheer size was also a plus. While some hot dogs struggle to make themselves noticeable beyond the enclosure of their hot dog bun cavern, it was almost the opposite here. The hot dog was bursting the bun’s seams, but it was not too small. The condiments at Marshall were sufficient, but not to the level of a Cloquet Area Recreation Center or the concession stand at Mars Lakeview Arena, but for a man who prefers ketchup and little else, it was all I could ask for.
I meant to take a photo of the dog that day, but I was so hungry and it was so delicious that I downed it quickly. Assignments later in the evening made it impossible for me to make it back to the concession stand and devour another one. I didn’t realize that would be the only game at Marshall we’d cover all year so that meant I’d have to wait 12 months before I consumed another one. It was a sad moment when I realized it, but the wait would be worth it.
Fast forward to 2008 and we were back at the Marshall School football field for the same matchup–Duluth Marshall and Moose Lake/Willow River. Weegman was there too and even went so far as to mention the hot dogs in his photo request. They were that significant. I got there early, but the grill was not fired up meaning I would have to wait until halftime. I did and though I was extremely hungry and anxious to satsify my Marshall Dog Mania, I waited until my time came and remembered to capture the event with my camera.
As you can see, they are delicious and they are plentiful. In fact, they were so good, I could not wait until I photographed the hot dog to take a bite out of it so that’s why the hot dog appears with a piece missing.
The price for the “Hilltopper Dog” as it’s officially called is $3. This is a deal compared to the size of the dogs at Public Schools Stadium ($2) and the way in which they are prepared (microwave). While the PSS dog is delicious, the Marshall dog just makes you feel so much better after eating it. Maybe because it’s made closer to the way early man made their meals–over an open fire.
The Marshall Dog sets the standard in my book for size, taste and price. All are excellent. As such it receives a 9.0 out of 10. I’m not about to declare it the perfect hot dog, but in the Northland, it’s about as good as it gets.