300 7th St
(at Folsom St)
San Francisco, CA 94103
This week, I had the pleasure of being selected for Jury Duty in SoMa. Â Luckily, there are tons of great lunch spots in this area. Â Being only 2 blocks away from SO, I already had the delicious Wings once this week (previous post here), however, I decided to try something new. Â Walking over to some friends in the Civic Center area, I pass by quite a few interesting eateries and cafes that I wish I could stop by and try out. Â One place was a little hot dog stand called Da Beef. Â It’s located on the corner of 7th Street and Folsom at a Oil Change place called Oil Can Henry’s. Â What drew me to this place was that they didn’t only have hot dogs with the normal toppings, they had Chicago-style hot dogs, Italian Beef, and a little something called Frito Pie (more on that later).
I had the Chicago-style Hot Dog and my 2 friends had the Italian Beef and the Beef-N-Cheese.
Chicago-style Hot Dog – For those of you not in the know (like me), Chicago-style hot dogs are hot dogs in a poppyseed bun with mustard, onions, pickles, relish, peppers, onions, and celery salt. Â I personally found that there were way too many toppings on it, although it definitely tasted great. Â I probably should have grabbed something else like a Chili-Cheese dog or their famous Italian Beef.
Italian Beef – I watched the magic hands in the cart craft the Italian Beef. Â First, the roll is soaked in Da Jus, then after the roll is taken out of the Da Jus, more Da Jus get’s ladled on top. Â The next layers was multiple slices Italian Beef then topped with peppers. Â Oh, it looked sinfully good.
Beef-N-Cheese – The Beef-N-Cheese was the winner of the bunch. Â It’s basically the same as the Italian Beef, except ooey-gooey nacho cheese is slathered right on top of the Italian beef slices.
Frito Pie – I don’t mean to be such a tease, but let me explain the Frito Pie. Â Luckily, there was still one bag of Fritos at the stand. Â The bag is cut open to reveal the basic ingredient within a sturdy vessel for some toppings. Â Chili is poured right on top of the Frito chips, then smothered in the ooey-gooey nacho cheese sauce and topped with onions and peppers. Â This is an awesome concept. Â You can always buy Chili-Cheese Fritos at 7-11, but when can you have Fritos with real Chili and Cheese right on top?
Thank you Da Beef. Â This was an awesome experience.
All-in-all, the Chicago Dog and Frito Pie cost be $6. Â I was full and satisfied and a bit worried about my health. It was still really fun to try this out.