Monday, July 11, 2011
Mr. Hanton's Review
A great tradition in Cincinnati is the weekly party that occurs on Sawyer Point every Wednesday. At the party you have some food options to go along with the live music and adult beverages. Mr. Hanton's is one of those options and can be found when it is Party in the Park (the Gold Star Chilimobile can be found at Party on the River. Pretty much the same party, but they alternate weeks...yes, its kind of confusing).
We did a post in June about the Mr. Hanton's food truck, so we won't go into too much detail here. Basically they sell a variety of hot dogs and sandwiches and can be found at various Cincinnati events. I previously had a Philly Cheesesteak from Mr. Hanton's and it was pretty solid. So if chili isn't your thing they will most likely have something on their menu you will like.
However, having such a flavorful dog does have some drawbacks. It took a couple of bites to pick up on the flavor of the chili. Eventually I did notice that it was a sweet chili but it does get lost in the flavor of the dog. On its own it was a decent tasting chili, but I would love to taste a stronger chili, like Camp Washington's, on this coney. The cheese was only ok, had more of a store bought bag quality than a freshly grated cheese we have enjoyed at other parlors.
Overall I really enjoyed the coney that Mr. Hanton's served. It definitely isn't your traditional Cincinnati cheese coney, but that's part of its appeal. If you don't like Cincinnati style chili, I highly recommend finding a hot dog on their menu you would like, as their dogs are so good. I give Mr. Hanton's a 4 out of 5.
Mr. Hanton's, quite simply, offers a great hot dog. No matter what you put on it, it's bound to be delicious. The beef frank turned out to be so large that after Clint's two-coney order came out and we saw the size, I offered to take one off his hands. So this time around I didn't have mustard and onion on my coney.
My thoughts on this cheese coney are consistent with Clint's. The beef frank was the most flavorful dog that we've encountered. The chili, though decent, needed a more powerful kick. It was somewhat difficult to taste. The cheese was mediocre but not bad. The bun was soft and did a great job holding up everything on this humongous coney.
Its not often in our coney quest that the hot dog is the star of the show. If you are a diehard, traditional cheese coney fan, you may not like this product because it is so different. And if you've never really gotten into Cincinnati style chili, this may be an alternative you could get behind. Or you could be like me and enjoy the Mr. Hanton's cheese coney as much as a classic coney. I'm giving them 3.75 out of 5 stars.