Driving through Portland on Route 66, you’ve probably seen the checkered taxi cab and the giant, hot dog shaped trailer along the way. Stop there and you’ll find owner Andrea Spaulding and Top Dog.
The place has no real address or phone number or even a website, but that doesn’t stop it from serving up some great hot dogs at some pretty reasonable prices. You can get your dog topped any way you want but it’s probably best to go for one of the specialty items on the menu.
A big seller is the cajun dog, which has pepper jack cheese, sweet green relish and spicy chili topping a perfectly steamed dog. Served on a soft, steamed bun the combination of sweet and heat will make your taste buds tingle.
Another highlight is the New York dog, topped with a sweet, red onion sauce that is a reminder of the way Gray’s Papaya and Papaya King do things in New York City. There’s no papaya here, but the hot dog certainly measures up.
Of course, there are the standard toppings such as ketchup and mustard and sauerkraut, but the combo dogs are the reason Top Dog is so good. Plus, there’s the nostalgia factor. Where else can you go to get a hot dog out of a place that is pulled by a vintage taxi?
Top Dog is located on Route 66/17 (Main St.) on the right hand side just before Marlborough St. in a dirt lot. Andrea is there between March and November from 10AM-3PM. There are no tables at which to sit but there are a few park benches that border the lot, or just eat right off your dashboard!