Wednesday, August 29, 2012

The Carbondale Connection to Seattle's Signature Hot Dog

Posted By on Wed, Aug 29, 2012 at 12:30 PM


Hanna Raskin, the restaurant critic for our sister paper Seattle Weekly, has just published an oral history of Seattle's signature street food, the "Seattle Dog," a hot dog topped with onions and cream cheese.

As it happens, the hot dog's history has a local-ish connection.

HADLEY LONGE now manages Tony's on the Lake, an Italian supper club in Coeur d'Alene, Idaho. A bagel peddler in Longe's hometown of Athens, Ohio, inspired him to start selling bagels in 1977 when he moved to Carbondale, Ill., to enroll in Southern Illinois University.

I opened up my first bagel shop in Carbondale. It was a small college town, kind of like Bellingham. So after about seven years, I was like the big fish in the small pond, and I was wanting to see if I could do it in the big pond. In the late '80s, Seattle was the place to be, art and music and everything, so I moved to Seattle and I was the bagel man.

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