I’ll admit I was a little nervous about visiting Steve’s Hot Dogs on the Hill. Music by Steve Ewing and the Urge whisk me back to my youth. I have seen the Urge perform countless times on many different stages and have fond memories (for those I can still remember). My nervousness stemmed from having my bubble burst about a St. Louis icon. Steve Ewing has always been a kind person that takes his time out to talk to anyone. I always appreciated seeing how much he enjoyed performing no matter the crowd size. Enough about this bromance I have for Steve Ewing; let’s talk about some hot dogs.
Steve’s Hot Dogs on the Hill is a small shop with limited seating. Steve’s features Nathan’s hot dogs, and clearly the focus is on hot dogs with a variety of different topping combinations. But what exactly makes a good hot dog? For me, it’s all about having that “snap” when you bite into the dog.
During my first visit I tried two different dogs, the Gorilla Mac & Cheese Dog and Steve’s Famous Chili-Cheese Dog.
The mac n cheese was creamy, and for me the combination of cheese and hotdogs is a match made in heaven. I love to make queso and I almost always have hot dogs the next day so I can put that leftover queso to good use. This was the top dog of the visit for sure. Did I forget to mention they used bacon as a topping? Who doesn’t love bacon???
Next up was Steve’s Famous Chili-Cheese dog. The song remains the same for the hot dog and the bun. Although this was not my favorite of the evening, it was still a great dog. You can haveraw or sautéed onions. I went sautéed, as raw tends to overpower the taste. I was very happy thatthe bun could stand up to the chili without turning into a mushy mess.
Steve’s Hot Dogs on the Hill has been very successful. So much so, that they have now opened asecond location in Tower Grove. After my first visit, I can understand why. Anyone have a recommendation on what dog tops the Gorilla Mac & Cheese?
Dive 2 Five Scale: 3. Clearly, this is a kid friendly place. That staff is always hustling but will take the time to help you with your selections. There is street parking and limited drink selections, but the hot dog selections more than make up for it.