REVIEW: Zack’s Hot Dogs – Burlington
I have been hearing great stuff about Zack’s Hot Dogs in Burlington for about seven years now and was finally in the Burlington area dropping off some marketing materials with my friend, Elliot. I dropped by the downtown staple which celebrated its 75th anniversary in 2003 to grab a late lunch before heading out of town.
I walked into Zack’s right around 3 p.m. on Friday and it wasn’t too busy in there. I snagged a seat at the bar and ordered a combination dog (hot dog + cheese), a Zack’s burger, fries and a drink. All of the food was in front of me within two minutes and I began to get my grub on (pictures below).
At 3 p.m., I normally don’t expect the fries to be on point but my order came out crispy and warm. I had to add a little bit of salt but, besides that, they were fantastic especially when I added some of Zack’s secret hot sauce into the ketchup to give them a little zing.
The cheeseburger wasn’t the most beautiful thing when it came out. The cheese wasn’t melted onto the patty and the toppings were placed haphazardly so I had to reconstruct it before I ate it. However, the patty was perfect and that is truly what makes a burger and not the toppings. It wasn’t the best burger that I have ever had but for $1.70, it buts fast food burgers to shame.
The combination dog was the best part of the meal. Just like the burger, the cheese on the dog wasn’t melted but that may be part of the appeal of Zack’s for people. I got the classic Carolina hot dog (chili, slaw, mustard & onions) and definitely make my Top 5 list of hot dogs that I have had in the past few years.
The speed and price is another thing that makes Zack’s Hot Dogs stand out. I was in and out of the restaurant in about 10 minutes. The menu is about as inexpensive as you can get basically laughing in the face of national chains that mass produce their food yet still charge a ridiculous amount for the quality that they are giving their customers.