Tom Lohr was on a quest: to find the best combination of baseball and hot dogs that North America’s major league ballparks have to offer. His 103-day odyssey to find the perfect processed meat led him to rate all 30 major league dogs and their ballparks, as well as 35 minor league offerings.
With help from the National Hot Dog and Sausage Council, Tom created a system that judges each stadium’s hot dog on six factors: bun freshness, taste, toppings, price, portability, and an “it” factor, meaning a famous dog or specialty dogs. Just as important are the categories for ballparks: location, general admission ticket price, location, cleanliness, fans, and ambiance.
Living out the gastronomic adventure portrayed in Gone to the Dogs required sacrifices to stay on budget: sleeping most nights in the back of his small SUV (and crashing on the couches of strangers on others) and exploiting how much wi-fi and hot water one cup of coffee buys. During the 19,000-mile road trip to find the best hot dog experience, Tom encountered creative chefs, diehard fans, young entrepreneurs, old friends and meat manufacturers. They all have one thing in common: a passion for all facets of baseball and its partner in crime, the humble hot dog.
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