A man, Tom Lohr, is touring every ball park in in Major League Baseball in search for the best hot dog, and while he still has seven ball parks left to go, Oriole Park at Camden Yards has left quite an impression with Lohr as it garnered a perfect score and is the leader in the club house for best hot dog in baseball.
He is obviously well know for what he is doing because he mentions in his review of Camden Yards that the Orioles organization granted him an interview with Executive Chef Josh Distenfield. One important thing to us here at Orioles101 is that Lohr points out that Distenfield keeps all of his suppliers local and operations "green."
Although the grades Lohr is handing out are based on the stadium's "regular" hot dogs, he does mention that he also had to try the now famous crab mac and cheese dog as well.
So how did the regular hot dog at Camden Yards stack up for Lohr? How about a perfect score!
Lohr gave a perfect 5 rating for each of his six categories (bun, taste, toppings, price, portability, and It factor). Here are Lohr's comments on each of the six categories for Camden Yards' regular hot dog:
Bun-Baltimore rivals Pittsburgh for the softest, freshest bun so far.
Taste-the Esskay frank I had in Bowie only rated a 4.5, but the one in Baltimore was tastier. Josh explained it is likely the taste and texture from being prepared on a flat-iron grill versus a roller. Whatever it was it worked and earned the Esskay wiener top score.
Toppings-TWO, count ‘em, TWO types of mustard available. along with the rest. They had me at two types of mustard.
Price-for the size of the dog and toppings available $4.50 is a reasonable price.
Portability-Baltimore uses both a cardboard boat AND a cardboard tray. The duo works well together to keep any stray toppings within easy reach of the fork.
It Factor-there is an early bird dog that is basically a breakfast hot dog, a few others and of course the crab mac and cheese. A great selection of over the top dogs earns top score.
As you can see, he was pretty darn pleased with the hot dog, and rightfully so, because it is delicious. He has also been rating the ball parks as a whole and Camden Yards received a perfect score in each of those six categories as well (Location, access, cleanliness, ambiance, GA Ticket price, fans). Oriole Park at Camden Yards received the first perfect score of 60 on his journey and to quote Lohr from his article,
I still have 7 parks to check out, but this is going to be a tough park to beat. Great job Baltimore.
We concur with Lohr, great job Baltimore!
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