The thermometer in my car read 22 degrees when I pulled into the Hurst Stores’ parking lot during the lunch hour Monday. Even though I had heard great things about the corn dog truck that recently set up shop there, I imagined I would be the only one dedicated enough to stop by on such a cold day.
I was wrong.
Half a dozen or so people were gathered around the World’s Best Corndogs truck, blowing steamy breath onto their fists to stay warm while the smell of freshly dipped corn dogs wafted through the icy air. A feeling of camaraderie seemed to take hold of the crowd — as if sharing in this particular food indulgence while waiting in the cold made us friends for a few moments.
Making a decision on what to order has never been simpler because the food truck has already made that decision for you. The vendor offers one thing: quarter-pound all-beef hot dogs battered and fried while you wait. Watching my food fry sure beat grabbing a gas station corn dog that has been sitting in a rotisserie for who knows how long.
With a dog sizzling hot and fresh from the fryer in hand, the man running the truck offered ketchup, mustard or honey as toppings and then wrapped it all up in foil for anyone not wishing to stand in the cold while they ate.
After a short drive, I settled indoors and bit into the crisp yet soft cornbread exterior and was immediately pleased with the sweet flavor of the dog’s wrap. Then my taste buds were greeted by the meat: juicy, savory and still sweating a little from its recent time in the deep fryer. The combination of sweet and salty was perfect.
So far, the World’s Best Corndogs truck is planning to stay in its Bluff Street parking lot location, but there is some discussion about picking up another location in the future.
As word spreads about this delicious, fresh and fast alternative to the traditional lunch stop, I imagine the crowd outside this food truck will continue to grow, regardless of the outdoor temperature.
If you go
• Restaurant: World’s Best Corndogs.
• Location: 160 N. Bluff St., St. George.
• Hours: 11 a.m. to 6:30 p.m., Monday through Saturday.
• Price: $5 for a corn dog and drink.
• Contact: Visitwww.facebook.com/WorldsBestCornDogsSt.GeorgeUta