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Mudville: June 17, 2024 3:03 am PDT

Dixie’s Dog House

“At the beach, life is different. Time doesn’t move hour to hour but mood to moment. We live by the currents, plan by the tides and follow the sun.” – Sandy Gingras

All meat stick jokes aside, I picked this quote for two reasons.

First and foremost, because finding a hot dog can be as relatable to this Sandy Gingras offering as she views life at the beach.

We always live week to week, at the mercy of America’s hot dog vendors. Believe it or not, most of this gig is done before we ever walk in the door of a great joint or take our first bite. You see, #thefoodguy spends hours upon hours every week searching for places, reading reviews and trying to build a relationship with the owners before I ever decide on a place. Sometimes the task is large and sometimes (rarely) it’s small.

The second, because America’s Most Beloved Sportswriter, Kevin Kernan and I seem to share a deep-rooted love for the ocean.

Oh look…Are we back to being serious this week?

We are. Although I must admit, shamelessly, I probably had more fun making last week’s episode than a grown man pushing 40 should have. I know we are a baseball website and I am supposed to be writing baseball stadium food stories, but… Covid came along and I think we adapted pretty well given the hand we’ve all been dealt.

For those who have joined #thefoodguy team in 2020, I look forward to meeting you in stadiums across America in 2021 and eating some of the best offerings this great country has to offer.

There will be challenges.

We will see who can eat the most, the fastest and the biggest stadium offerings these beautiful cathedrals have to offer. It’s my dream and I’ve been sizing up the competition the last several months. I tend to hang out in the “humor and hotdogs” section of the website, but trust me, I am a baseball fan at heart and this week we flipped the script on you and covered all three areas.

Strike Hard. Strike Fast. No Mercy?

Le sigh. History, Humor and Hot Dogs. Well baseball, humor and hot dogs to be honest. Or maybe just baseball and hotdogs…. would you stop? I’m busy working here and this is so much easier to write without the constant interruptions.

We go from the bay to the ballpark and ballpark to the beach.

So, if you want to know where to find a great hot dog joint you can literally walk to from the beach next season while attending Rays games and/or spring training- watch!

I also give my picks for the “Elite Eight” of Rob Manfred’s Magical MLB Playoff Tour – so see who I picked this round and enjoy this week’s episode of “Behind the Dish.”

Stay tuned. Stay hungry.


The Dogs at Dixie's Doghouse.

Dixie’s Dog House

250 107th Ave.

Treasure Island, FL 33706



Rating: Honorable Mention (Average, Edible – No shame in the game – or bun)

Major League Teams: Tampa Bay Rays

Shout Out: To west coast Florida beaches… considered some of the most beautiful in the entire world and the NY Yankees for being the team I always knew they were in the opening round of the playoffs.


How we rate our meat sticks

  1. Oscar Wiener (The Best, award winning)
  2. Best Supporting Meat (The Joe Pesci of hot dogs- never a star, but you need him)
  3. Nominated Dog (Hey- just getting your name called is a big deal)
  4. Honorable Mention (Average, Edible- No shame in the game- or bun)
  5. Drunk David Hasselhoff (You may be on the floor and incoherent after this one)

Father, husband, runner, and food guy. Baseball traveler, stadium food connoisseur, and podcast fill-in. Just here for the hot dogs.

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