My First Time Trying Wienerschnitzel

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ALL HAIL OUR GOLDEN IDOL...kind of...

A couple of months ago, I confessed in these very digital pages that I had never tried Wienerschnitzel, even though I've long been a fan of their advertising campaign featuring that always running anthropomorphic hot dog.That immediately triggered an email from Wienerschnitzel's PR department, offering to leave off some coupons for freebies. We don't roll like that, but I promised them I'd soon try their chain.

That finally happened today.

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I ate at the one nearest Weekly world headquarters, near the corner of Bristol and Red Hill in Costa Mesa, and was immediately surprised by the variety of offerings: not just hot dogs but hamburgers, not just hot dogs but Chicago dogs, kraut dogs, even bacon-wrapped hot dogs. Maybe some of the fancier offerings were more-delicious than their bumpkin ancestors, but I wanted to taste the originals: the corn dog, and the chili cheese dog.

They were ready within seconds of my order--not a good sign. The corn dog looked stiff and dry; the chili cheese dog at least had the appearance of edibility. But then came the surprise: Wienerschnitzel's corn dog was better than passable; it was good. Not dry but firm and crispy; sweet and not too greasy, encasing a fine-enough wiener. My cup of mustard was all I needed to decorate the corn dog--oh, I wanted jalapeños, but what a rip-off to have to pay an extra 30 cents for it!

The chili cheese dog, on the other hand, was disgusting. The chili--descended from the same sauce Glenn Bell used for his chili dogs back in San Bernardino, when he was taking notes on the Mexican restaurant next-door to Bell's Burgers (more on this, of course, next April in my book on the history of Mexican cuisine in this country)--was bitter, not sweet at all, simply disgusting. Even worse was the cheese--now, don't paint me as some fromage snob. Good cheese is good cheese, whether it's quesillo or processed, but their limp slice of cheese melted into plastic-esque piddle. The only good thing I can say about that choice is that the bun remained firm. But you can always get a better chili dog at a Little League game.

But that corn dog, man: I'd eat it again. I probably won't become a regular patron of Wienerschnitzel, and just might try the regular hot dogs to give it another try. But anyone who likes those chili cheese dogs is a weirdo; anyone who likes the corn dogs, true Nephilims of noshing.

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JoeDaark
JoeDaark

Spot on, Gustavo!The corn dogs when fried correctly are cheap goodness. It seems that only stoners and really weird enjoy Wienerschnitzel. That's maybe why so many on this comment thread enjoy the chili. 

mitch young
mitch young

I just want you guys to know I hate pink taco's!

Hank Mardoukus
Hank Mardoukus

You mean Pinks Taco's..LOL!

mitch young
mitch young

No bitch! I meant pink taco's. Also known as tang, the slant eye, tuna e.t.c. Were you born yesterday?? I'm a wiener guy till I die.

mitch young
mitch young

All this talk makes me want to have a wiener in my schnitzel.

gustavoarellano
gustavoarellano

Call yourself mitch yung, but not the chillón's "real" name!!!

Mitch-Young
Mitch-Young

i just told all the mitch youngs i know that they cant post on this site. Tell your bf mitch young all is ok

Gustavo's roomate
Gustavo's roomate

its all fun and games for you guys. This maricone had that gold weenie up his poops hoot when i got home. he was making chile dogs alright. Close your door Gustavo seriously!!

Dwayne
Dwayne

The chili cheese dogs are disgustingly AWESOME!  They are awesome in their disgustingness.  (I made up that word).  Like I say about JIB tacos, they may not be good tacos, but they're still good.

Signed, A Weirdo

Eric Jasso
Eric Jasso

Weinerschnitzel's ad firm is DGWB in SA, in the old city building at 217 Main. Lovely building. I gotta admit I also like their chili dogs. Maybe you got a bad batch?

MeToo
MeToo

Next time (if there is one) skip the cheese and just do the chili dog with onions. I know the chili  is not the best or even good but for reasons unexplained it can be addicting. I'm in my fifty's and have been going there off and on since I was a kid. the one constant through the years has been the chili. same as it ever was. 

gustavoarellano
gustavoarellano

I can TOTALLY see onions enlivening that chili...and yeah, the cheese was terrible. Chili? Just not good, but nowhere near the depths of the cheese...

Jandra
Jandra

My teenage son loves the corn dogs; he can eat  3 or 4 of them at a time.I'll eat a chili dog once in awhile. I miss Pup 'n' Taco.

Griffin Tamura
Griffin Tamura

I have friends that have moved out of state and have me go buy Wienerschnitzel chili and ship it to them! If they ever come into town they took a whole cooler full of Wienerschnitzel chili back with them!

lauraregis
lauraregis

I found a site where you can get coupons for restaurant called "Printapon" they are on all over the news, search online

Ron Taggart
Ron Taggart

Dude...First time and you didn't try the classic original Mustard Dog?  Epic Fail!

DanGarion
DanGarion

Blasphemy, their chili cheese dogs are awesome, they are up there with best fast food item anywhere. I don't go there that often enough!

1OCTrojan
1OCTrojan

I lick the chili that sticks to the wrapper. I just might have to go do their 5 chili dogs for $5 deal.

gabriel san roman
gabriel san roman

I go there all the time for the chili cheese hot dogs and chili cheese fries!

Dave Lieberman
Dave Lieberman

I'm intrigued. I've never been to der Wienerschnitzel. It took a long time to get over the fact that they don't actually serve, you know, Wienerschnitzel.

Griffin Tamura
Griffin Tamura

Their chili-cheese dogs are simply one of the best food items ever.  I wish they sold their chili by the gallon.....

Chad Collier
Chad Collier

You might try the Polish Sandwich; it's surprisingly good for being so low-rent.

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