Food Confession, Jumbo Chili Dogs

Posted by Salem Man
For about a week, I've been driving by the sign out in front of Carl's Jr., advertising two jumbo chili dogs for three bucks. I know it's wrong to crave those things on many different levels but that didn't stop me from coming up with a scheme to get them with the littlest amount of guilt possible. Here's how it went. My first thought was that I could write a food confession about it. That gets rid of some of my guilt and it's pretty funny to have a craving for cheap jumbo chilli dogs. Would be fun to write about. Next, I knew that my children like Carl's Jr, so I started to tell them that we would take them there for dinner soon. They were quickly on board, they love french fries and hamburgers like most kids, not to mention the prize inside the kid's meal deal. Convincing my wife to go is another matter. She eats fairly healthy and enjoys cooking meals at home. Changing this mind was going to take a bit of work. When I came home the other night and saw that my son did well on his progress report the light bulb went off in my head. I promptly announced that after his teacher conference we would go get their favorite fast food and dessert at Carl's Jr. Once I said it aloud, I knew there could be no objection from my spouse. And so it was.

The Farmer John hot dogs were better quality then I expected and they weren't real messy like Wienerschnizel chili dogs. I've said this before, the chili at Carl's Jr. is a lot like what they serve at the famous L.A. restaurant Tommy's which I grew up eating. It's sort of a meatier chili in a thick spicy sauce that you can dip a fry into and scoop up a bite. With the fries, they were pretty filling but I left some room for the Mint Oreo Hand Scooped Ice Cream Shake that my son allowed me to share with him.

So, I'm not perfect, I'm suseptible to clever marketing, and I've let down my guard against eating at fast food chains for one night. I promise not to go back for awhile and I'll try not to manipulate my family into making bad choices for dining. For the four of us, the whole meal only cost about $25 and I did get some material to write a post about. Please forgive me food bloggers I'll go back to writing about local eateries very soon. Comment below on what you think my punishment should be.

12 comments:

KandN said...

Didn't you suffer enough last night?? ;>)

One of our (simple)guilty pleasure recipes is called "American Chilaquiles" (less than authentic, I'm sure). It's a mixture of chili, hamburger, tomato sauce, onions and chili powder, served over tortilla chips and covered in cheese and olives. Maybe we should be adding hotdogs to the mess??

Anonymous said...

agh! Carls Jr. I haven't been able to enjoy that place ever since my grandfather took me there for every visit. His name was Karl. So, he thought it was hilarious to take us to "his" restaurant. And their ads make me furious! I do wish that Salem had another great burger place. I've tried burger basket, but...I wasn't too thrilled.

But doesn't a double bacon cheeseburger with a pickle spear and a fresh order of steak fries sound AMAZING??

Help me out Salem!

Anonymous said...

As far as good hamburgers, I heard just last night that Ringos in Keizer had really good ones. Let us know as I'm in the search for a great burger too!

Side note: Just so you know, Ringo's is a bar.

Anonymous said...

i'd definitely say the ram for that order, but red robin isnt a bad choice either... and unlimited steak fries with your dinner of course.

jeff said...

My brother-in-law, who fashions himself a connoisseur of such things, once said that (and this was several years ago) the best burger in Salem was at The Brick (which, like Ringos and The Ram, is a bar).

Never been there myself.

tracylee said...

The craving I give in to every now and then is a Soft Combo Burrito from Taco Time. Now that there's one on S. Commercial, it's way to easy to get to!

Anonymous said...

Best burgers in Salem area: Court St. Dairy Lunch, Ringo's, Casey's (also where you can get real hot dogs Salemman!) Try these places and you'll never eat chain burgers again.

KandN said...

I don't know what they're like now, but last summer Bigfoot was serving some outstanding burgers.

Anonymous said...

Josey's family resturant has some of the best burgers I've had in Salem. Great fries but best of all you can have tots with it instead of fries. The burgers are the same price of a carls jr burger and twice as good. They also have old fashioned milkshakes enough for two people. Best of all great service.

Anonymous said...

The Wooden Nickel in Sublimity and/or Silverton have great burgers @ great prices and are well worth the drive! You can order a la carte or in a basket with fries. Skip the fries and order an appetizer of their awesome potatoe skins... you won't be disappointed!

desperatelyseekingsalem.com said...

Love the confessional. Mine is that I'm a non-closeted Chipotle fan.

Anonymous said...

oh man!! i keep forgetting chipotle is open!

i wanted to give them a lot of time to settle down after the opening before i went, so now is absolutely the time i need to go! shoot! love that place.