The Carbondale Connection to Seattle's Signature Hot Dog



Hanna Raskin, the restaurant critic for our sister paper Seattle Weekly, has just published an oral history of Seattle's signature street food, the "Seattle Dog," a hot dog topped with onions and cream cheese.

As it happens, the hot dog's history has a local-ish connection.

HADLEY LONGE now manages Tony's on the Lake, an Italian supper club in Coeur d'Alene, Idaho. A bagel peddler in Longe's hometown of Athens, Ohio, inspired him to start selling bagels in 1977 when he moved to Carbondale, Ill., to enroll in Southern Illinois University.

I opened up my first bagel shop in Carbondale. It was a small college town, kind of like Bellingham. So after about seven years, I was like the big fish in the small pond, and I was wanting to see if I could do it in the big pond. In the late '80s, Seattle was the place to be, art and music and everything, so I moved to Seattle and I was the bagel man.

Longe arrived in Seattle in 1988. He got a job at the Bagel Express in Pioneer Square, and asked the owner's permission to operate a hot-dog cart at night. His cart was in full swing by 1989, when the Kingdome hosted the Final Four.

Longe: I got started just doing vegetarian bagels on the street, with raisins, cucumbers, onions, sprouts, sunflower seeds. After about a year of doing these veggie bagels, everybody wanted hot dogs. That was just something I didn't want to do, so I thought I would incorporate my bagel and cream cheese into a hot dog. And I was just fortunate enough that the Bagel Deli created very unique bialy sticks. They're all hand-rolled and they're all custom, and I kind of just created the bagel dog with cream cheese.

Read Hanna Raskin's "The Seattle Dog: An Oral History"


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