Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Senate's Trailer Park Hot Dog

D and I love this place, and we 're not alone (see the glowing reviews here, here, and here).
We've been here several times, and yes- it is gourmet hot dogs and they are delicious! It is in the trendy Over-The-Rhine area, and the first time we went there, it was a Friday night at 9:30pm and there was a wait for 45 minutes! Luckily, we were able to find 2 open seats at the bar, and we promptly sat down and started looking at the menu.

I settled on their "Trailer Park", while D ordered the "Croque Madame". We both love the Trailer Park dog. It is essentially a hot dog wrapped in bacon and cheese, topped with creamy cole slaw and crushed Grippo's BBQ potato chips. Grippo's is a local Cincinnati company, and they have my favorite BBQ potato chips of all time.

When making this, definitely butter and toast your buns. Makes a huge difference! Also, we used Nathan's all-beef hot dogs (our fave), but we both agreed that we wanted a thicker hot dog, so we're going to look for that the next time we make a grocery run.


  • 3 cups coleslaw (see recipe below)
  • 6 slices crisp bacon
  • 6 hot dog buns, buttered and toasted
  • 6 all-beef hot dogs, grilled
  • 6 slices American cheese
  • 1 cup crushed Grippo's BAR-B-Q potato chips


  1. Make the cole slaw. Refrigerate and allow the flavors to marry for 1 hour.
  2. While the cole slaw is sitting in the fridge, cook your bacon (for a mess-free option, bake it!).
  3. Assemble in this order: Bun-> Hot dog--> Cheese--> Bacon--> Cole slaw--> Grippo's
Yields: 6 hot dogs



  • 5 cups cole slaw mix
  • 1-1/2 cups mayonnaise
  • 2 Tbsp water
  • 3 Tbsp sugar
  • salt to taste


  1. Combine shredded cabbages and carrots in a bowl. 
  2. Add mayonnaise, water and sugar. Season with salt. Refrigerate for 1 hour to allow the sugar to dissolve and flavors to marry.

Source: Adapted from via The Senate


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