BEST HOT DOG STAND - 2005
305-759-3433 Hot dogs are eaten in 95 percent of American homes, consumption per person averaging out to 80 franks per year. Some like the boiled, porky type, and nobody makes the soft, pink pup better than Arbetter's Hot Dogs. Those who prefer Hebrew National 100 percent beef frankfurters, not boiled but assiduously browned on a flat-top griddle, and who desire a range of dressings beyond sauerkraut, pickled relish, and chili-cheese, tend to favor Dogma Grill. This two-and-a-half-year-old southern Californian-style stand wraps around the corner of Biscayne Boulevard and 71st Street as comfortably as dog in bun -- the buns here, incidentally, are fluffy-fresh and pot-shot with poppy seeds. You can choose from among seventeen types of wieners, including a pair of New York-style (mustard/sauerkraut or sautéed onions), Chicago-style (peppers, pickles, sauerkraut, and, well, a whole bunch of stuff), and a spicy "burrito dog," which is actually two dogs, each sliced in half lengthwise and tucked in a tortilla with chili, bacon, onions, and melted cheddar -- a hefty snack for $4.75. Other dogs average three dollars apiece, while the "classic," with any-or-all choice of mustard, ketchup, relish, and chopped onion, goes for $2.45. Fat Polish beef sausages and malignant little veggie dogs are also on hand. Dogma has recently spread its frank philosophy to the corner of Washington Avenue and Fifteenth Street in South Beach. This doubling of accessibility is timely, because if you haven't already consumed at least 40 frankfurters this year, it's going to take a lot of Dogma visits to reach your statistical per-capita intake.