Yankee Dogs Comes to Clematis
Cabinet maker turned restaurateur John Drummer says he envisions Yankee Dogs (540 Clematis St., West Palm Beach; 561-629-5698) as an "all-night urban hangout," open 24/7/365, where you can get everything from an omelet to a burrito, hamburger, fresh fish, and, oh yes, a hot dog, which you can get in a variety of guises.
Not just any wiener, though.
Everything on the lengthy menu (actually, a stack of menus) comes out of an open kitchen that could make your average shoebox seem spacious. Up-front is a long dining counter facing the street, with another 30 seats in a back room that, as of a visit a couple of days ago, had yet to open.
Yankee Dogs itself, Drummer admits, is still something of a work in progress, with many of the menu items, plus Wi-Fi, plasma TVs, and a beer license still to come online. For now, it's open 24 hours Wednesday through Saturday, from 6 to 1 a.m. Monday and Tuesday.
The name is a play on a patriotic theme, with an American flag painted on the ceiling and tributes to fallen soldiers and documents like the Constitution and Gettysburg address also in the works.
Prices are what you would call cheap, with nothing over $10 and the priciest dog coming in at $4.95. I swung by for a dog and some fries the other day and with a bottle of water was out the door for $8.50. The New York dog, btw, is a good one, with not quite the pop of some but a rich, meaty, slightly smoky flavor that works especially well with all the Chicago-style fixin's. I mean, how all-American is that?