Coney Island hot dogs and beer at Zero Gravity
There are tougher choices in life, to be sure. But, when I became a regular at Zero Gravity Craft Brewery
last winter, the burning question of the day was often: lamb sausage or bratwurst? Coney Island dog or Italian sausage?
Those Frank Pace-made bar snacks are available at the Pine Street brewery, where you can eat and drink for less than $12.
As with most crucial decisions, a number of factors figured into my choice: Was I alone or with a pal? In the mood for Dijon or yellow mustard, kimchi or kraut? Did I feel like smushing a sausage down into its roll so I could take a bite without peppers and onions spilling onto the bar? Or did I desire a less messy eating event?
In short, I became a pro at making the call.
The other evening, after a failed search for the now-you-see-it-now-you-don't Lake Champlain swing, I decided to cool off with a beer rather than a flying dip into the lake. A friend and I snagged a picnic table on the patio of Zero Gravity and opted for the Coney Island hot dogs — two for $7.
The grilled McKenzie dogs are topped with beefy chili, chopped raw onion, and a squiggly squirt of yellow mustard. I drank a 10-ounce pour ($4) called London Calling, an English-style session ale to go with my all-American meal. Two Coney Island hot dogs and a beer totaled $11.
Six months ago, when I was passing time at the bar with Tmave (a dark lager) and bratwurst, taproom regulars were sometimes on the receiving end of a culinary treat courtesy of Pace. He was trying out stuff for the Great Northern
, the adjacent restaurant he would open in May, and would pass around things like little oyster po' boys and pork belly something-or-others.
Those days are gone. If you want to eat Pace food that isn't
a sausage, go next door. Still, a couple of hot dogs and a beer are themselves a treat.
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