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Hot Dogs in Dallas: Eddie’s Deli

eddies1Okay folks, I am filing this dining experience under “Weirdest of All Times.” InsideCorner’s Evan Grant and I set out the other day to check out Eddie’s Deli located on the southeast corner of Northwest Highway and Abrams. As you can see, it’s not much to look at from the outside, or the inside for that matter. As we walked toward the place, we detected the strong smell of mothballs. When Evan opened the door, we were flooded with fumes. As we stood looking over the menu, our eyes started to water and my throat tightened up.

Braving the naphthalene and paradichlorobenzene odor, we noticed that the guy who works the counter was mumbling to himself as he waited for us to make our selection from their short list: Chicago Hot Dog, Texas Hot Dog, Eddie Dog, Eddie Chili Dog, Maxwell Street Polish, and Polish Sausage. I covered my nose and ordered: A Maxwell Street Polish for me, a regular dog for Evan, who, at this point, was at a table outside with his head between his knees gasping for air. I waited for the dogs, which, in my checkbook, were kinda pricey $5.50 and $4.50 respectively. There was only one other customer in the tiny store and no sign of any moths, which I guess is a good thing. But by the time our order was ready, the overwhelming stench had burned my nasal passages.

Regular Chicago dog.
Classic hot dog.

It was an unfortunate experience because, even with the putrid smell, the dogs were terrific. The Polish sausage was griddled and covered with hot sautéed onions and spicy sport peppers. Evan’s regular dog was all beef Vienna and couched in the same warm poppy seed bun with neon green relish (no peppers or celery salt).

As we made our way home, I called the store and asked them about the smell and the guy said, “Oh it must be the stuff I use to clean the floors with. I guess I’d better go open the door.” So if you go to Eddie’s and see the door open, go inside. Otherwise, call ahead and place your order and dash in. For, despite the stinky setting, the dogs are fantastic.  5844 Abrams Rd. @ Northwest Highway. 214-692-5844.

Maxwell Street Polish
Maxwell Street Polish

UPDATE FROM EVAN: Nancy may be using a tad bit of writer’s license here. I believe it was her who was outside, head crouched between legs. But you get the point, we were so overwhelmed by the fumes that our brains were as fried as the onions. The mothball smell was so powerful you could smell it from 10 feet away when a customer exiting the place opened the door. After 10 minutes, my eyes felt like I had either left them open while swimming the length of an Olympic pool or I had been in a very smoky room for several hours. Either way, not a really good side dish to go with the hot dogs. My dog was good, the bun exceptional, but my appetite really was ruined for the rest of the day.

And I ask this: Nancy makes this whole deal about wanting a hot dog and then she orders a Polish. What’s up with that?

  • DarnellErwinFletcher

    Someone really needs to talk to Eddie about “everything but the food”… Hell, it looks like a pre-schooler wrote the menu.

    For the first month he was open he had no AC (it was 100 outside) and he would be drenched in sweat making your dog.

  • DarnellErwinFletcher

    Oh, but the dogs are darn good….

  • MP

    I see he went from no signage to five signs that don’t go so far as to tell you the actual name of the place.

  • Scagnetti

    Why would you order a Chicago style hot dog with “no peppers or celery salt”?

  • luscher

    ok. so, hold breath, get kick*ss vienna beef products. got it.
    but, no sport peppers could be a deal breaker

  • Kirk

    The relish on the Chicago dog is almost the right color, but I agree with Scagnetti and Luscher … gotta have peppers and celery salt, maybe even a dill spear and a couple of tomato slices, too. And what’s up with no onions over by the dog?

  • luscher

    seven toppings = chi-dog;
    yellow mustard
    diced onions
    green relish
    tomato slices
    kosher wedge
    sport peppers
    celery salt

  • Evan Grant

    @Kirk, Scagnetti, luscher: Caption fixed. I did not order a Regular Chicago Hot Dog, I ordered a Classic Hot Dog. Sorry about confusion.

  • Kirk

    Outside of “Wrigley’s Field,” they sometimes ask if you want cucumber slices, too. But that’s overdoing it. : )

    Craving some of Hot Doug’s duck fat fries …

  • Abe Froman

    Anybody try da Eye-talian beef?

  • Billusa99

    The Chicago Hot Dog comes with all that stuff. I had one 3 days ago.

    Read the post again — it says a regular dog was ordered, not a Chicago.

    There was no smell, but hot dogs and onions, when I was there.

  • Evan Grant

    @Billusa: The caption had it has a Chicago dog. Our bad.

  • kYle

    What are their hours? Can get a dog with xtra mothballs tonight, or do I need to wait till the weekend?

  • Twinwillow

    Sorry to disappoint but, this ex-New Yorker eats his dogs with just mustard and kraut or, mustard and onion sauce if available. No mixed salad on my dog, please.
    Hey you Chicagoan’s – what, no ketchup? Hah! And all this brought to you by the same people who eat deep dish pizza. Or at least that’s what THEY call, pizza.

  • JI

    So I just went to this place…

    a) still smells
    b) strange, minimal storefront
    c) interesting, sweaty dude working there
    d) decent polish dog
    e) probably not worth the effort or trip (unless you’re close)

  • Debbie

    I went today. They were just opening and moving tables and chairs outside. They propped the door open and a ton of crickets moved inside. ewwww. No smell, but the place is disorganized and not much to look at. The sweaty dude had a helper who looked like a charity case (so sad). I got the chili dog and it was awesome!! I ended up getting it to go because the atmosphere was so weird.

  • Preston

    Check my link – I ordered a Chicago dog today and got this lovely blessing. It was great.

    The only furniture is some cheap patio stuff, so unless you’re just REALLY itching to have lunch on the sidewalk, get it to go. Oh, and no smell of mothballs in the place at all.

  • Heidi

    I have a hot dog stand and I have had several suggestions from friends and customers that have helped!!!
    I wish this location the best.
    Tip: I started to hand out a mini menu to surrounding offices, and they came over for lunch. I bought these from a website online, they also designed it for me, the website is I hope this helps.
    I am also very aware of how clean my stand looks. Past it on…karma