There's nothing that says summertime picnic like perfectly cooked hot dogs or sausages eaten beside a pool of water. Though Wild Doggz owner Richard Stellmacher feels that hot dogs are a year-round food, most would agree hot dogs just taste different when you're at a Fourth of July picnic or camping in the woods.
Lucky for those feeling the effects of a floundering economy, hot dogs are inexpensive compared to other grilling meats like seafood and steaks. Even so, not all hot dogs are created equal. While there are the inexpensive brands — the ones that you have to eat without letting yourself wonder how it was made — there are other styles, many made in Lodi and Stockton, that pack high-quality products and better flavor.