The Carbondale Connection to Seattle's Signature Hot Dog
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.