Cplus (1 review)
Back in the year 2000 I became aware of a glorious place that existed a mere hour and half north of my in the magical land of Toronto. If one were to venture to the corner of Queen and Spadina on any given day (including holidays) one would find the source of much joy in this world. No I’m not talking about the bank, or the McDonalds. I am referring to the small hot dog cart that has sat there for many years. You might say, well that’s not anything special. I would reply that this cart has incredible veggie dogs. You may say well okay that’s a little special, but so do a lot of other carts in the greater Toronto area. My response would be but do any of those other carts boast to have over 50 condiments? I think not. A group of brave Buffalonians named this cart and it’s cook “50 Toppings Guy.” You would be surprised at how many condiments you can actually fit on a hot dog. I’ve broken 20 on several occasions. The most important of all of the toppings is the often sought after corn relish. It is a true delicacy that the world needs to be educated about. So yes for years my friends and I would eat multiple dogs from this great establishment every time we were in Toronto (which is way more often then you would expect. There were times in the middle of the night when we would be getting hungry so we would just make the drive for hot dogs and nothing else (oh yes the stand is open 24/7). Those were the days when gas was under $1.50/gallon. With every order I placed at that awesomely dirty stand I also got a can of Cplus orange soda. Nothing compliments hot dogs better than a nice orange soda, and it doesn’t get much better than Cplus. The secret to this soda is that it actually has orange juice in it, which makes it actually taste like oranges and not some weird mixture that kids are taught orange tastes like. Over the years I must have downed well over a pallet of these cans. You see it’s not available in the US so I would get my treats in while I could.
Sadly the dark ages moved in. A large company bought out almost all of the hot dog carts in the city. “50 Toppings Guy’ held strong and what followed was the Great Hot Dog War of 2007. (that may actually not be the correct year). A cart right around the corner and the lord and savior of condiments went toe to toe. The competition had the money so they lowered their prices to try and drive “FTG” out of business. He fired back with even cheaper prices. There was a point where you could get a dog for a loonie. It was a good day for consumers, but a dark time for our hero. Eventually condiments started to disappear. He simply couldn’t afford to keep them in stock with his lowered prices. After a valiant fight 50 Toppings Guy gave in and sold his cart. A cart still stands at that location, but it’s not the same. They did keep the corn relish though, so every time I’m in the land of Toronto I still eat a hot dog in memory of the ghost of a true Canadian hero.
Today I set up my grill for the year and cooked myself a round of veggie dogs. I’ve been saving this can since November, waiting for the perfect day to crack it open. Today as we mourn the loss of the greatest hot dog slinger to ever exist I urge you to raise a can of Cplus in his memory. You’ll never find an orange soda as this, or hot dogs as good as his.
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- Jason Draper on 3/17/2012
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