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Dog Days of Summer

Wen it comes to hot dogs, the beautiful Carla is the World's Greatest Critic. But hey, she's like me.

Appreciates a bargain.

And here at the 8th Street trolley stop in National City, I may have the biggest bargain yet.

How's about an 87-cent hot dog?

I'd just missed a trolley, so naturally started foraging for food while I waited the 15 minutes till the next.

Spotted this unpretentious little place ten yards from the tracks and right under a ginormous electric power transmission line tower, the Trolley Side Deli & Minimart (530 West 21st Street, National City).

What catches my eye is a sign outside. Something about "Hot dogs, $1."

It has a couple of mosaic-covered concrete tables outside. Pretty tiny inside.

Chaldean couple serving a string of customers, all in a hurry.

"Dollar each, or two for $1.75," says the gal, when my turn comes. Wow. That's 87, 88 cents each. I go for two.

"You want me to heat them?" she says.

"Just one," I say. Thinking of Carla. Kind of big-hearted feller I am.

She points to the cooler cupboard.

Customer contemplates dinner

I pull out two dogs, tightly wrapped in plastic, she unwraps one, nukes it, and hands it to me in a little cardboard boat, and gives me packets of ketchup, mustard and mayonnaise.

I also spotted hard-boiled eggs in the cooler.

"Two for a dollar," she says.

Deal.

Outside, I squirt everything on, crack off the shells of one egg, sprinkle the salt and pepper she gave me, and munch me a pretty passable little two-course meal for, uh, $1.37. Who's complaining?

You can watch for your bus or trolley right from the table

Can just imagine the conversation when I get home.

"What's for dinner?"

"I was thinking, hot dog and cold egg?"

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Wen it comes to hot dogs, the beautiful Carla is the World's Greatest Critic. But hey, she's like me.

Appreciates a bargain.

And here at the 8th Street trolley stop in National City, I may have the biggest bargain yet.

How's about an 87-cent hot dog?

I'd just missed a trolley, so naturally started foraging for food while I waited the 15 minutes till the next.

Spotted this unpretentious little place ten yards from the tracks and right under a ginormous electric power transmission line tower, the Trolley Side Deli & Minimart (530 West 21st Street, National City).

What catches my eye is a sign outside. Something about "Hot dogs, $1."

It has a couple of mosaic-covered concrete tables outside. Pretty tiny inside.

Chaldean couple serving a string of customers, all in a hurry.

"Dollar each, or two for $1.75," says the gal, when my turn comes. Wow. That's 87, 88 cents each. I go for two.

"You want me to heat them?" she says.

"Just one," I say. Thinking of Carla. Kind of big-hearted feller I am.

She points to the cooler cupboard.

Customer contemplates dinner

I pull out two dogs, tightly wrapped in plastic, she unwraps one, nukes it, and hands it to me in a little cardboard boat, and gives me packets of ketchup, mustard and mayonnaise.

I also spotted hard-boiled eggs in the cooler.

"Two for a dollar," she says.

Deal.

Outside, I squirt everything on, crack off the shells of one egg, sprinkle the salt and pepper she gave me, and munch me a pretty passable little two-course meal for, uh, $1.37. Who's complaining?

You can watch for your bus or trolley right from the table

Can just imagine the conversation when I get home.

"What's for dinner?"

"I was thinking, hot dog and cold egg?"

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