It seems that San Francisco is now gripped with full-scale hot dog mania. For your edification, we present the following (incomplete) timeline:
- Tres Agaves starts serving bacon-wrapped hot dogs at their new stands in AT&T Park
- Let's Be Frank opens a bricks-and-mortar restaurant on Steiner Street
- Ryan Farr of 4505 Meats begins production on his 4505 dog (which make their way onto the menus at Wexler's, and debut at Farr's stand at the Thursday Ferry Building Farmers Market)
And now, the latest entry into the hot dog race readies for a Wednesday opening. Show Dogs, an emporium of encased meat, is owned by Foreign Cinema chef/owners John Clark and Gayle Pirie. Its Market Street location, just down the block from the Warfield, will soon be jammed with downtown worker bees making their selection from the 11 daily offerings, which include Let's Be Frank and 4505 Meats' classic franks, a Louisiana hot link with relish and Dijon, a Boudin Noir with sauce soubise and, yes, a corn dog. The mind reels with possibilities, and we have it on good authority that more selections (many sourced from Napa-based Fatted Calf) are coming down the pike. Also: onion rings, french fries and beer on tap.