The Place: Steve's Hot Dogs on the Hill (2131 Marconi Avenue; 314-762-9899)
The Hours: Happy Hour is offered every Friday from 3 to 5 p.m.
The Deal: Every hot dog and sausage on the menu is half off. As is standard with any purchase during regular hours, upgrade any order to a combo with a bag of chips and bottled drink for $1.50.
The Scene: Local musician Steve Ewing of the Urge and Steve Ewing Band opened the brick-and-mortar version of his hot-dog cart in 2012, occupying a small storefront on the Hill. Inside, visitors will find a humble dining room with tables for two or four surrounded by plenty of paraphernalia to distract wandering eyes. The walls feature flair from Ewing's bands, as well as Star Wars trinkets and toys. All in all, it's a casual setting, an appropriate low-key spot for grabbing a quick bite.
The Food: Named best hot dog in St. Louis in RFT's Best of St. Louis 2012, Ewing has perfected his flavor combinations over the years, now offering more than a dozen different options. Nathan's Famous brand frankfurters and various other kinds of sausages get infused with flavor in a hickory smoker and open-fire grilled, topped with a variety of options between buns. Choose from options including chili-cheese and the "Gorilla Mac & Cheese Dog" with mac & cheese, bacon and French's fried onions. "Without a doubt, it's the fan favorite," says Ewing, in regards to the latter.
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