Following the recipe and traditions of our grandfather and father Steve and Jack, we have been making our Texas Wieners the same way for 93 years! Every action is performed in front of the customer, the way its always been.
We start with a Berks' All Beef Wiener by slicing it in half, but not all the way through, and grill the wiener to perfection. Then we serve it on a steamed National Bakery Roll (a local favorite). Adding in our Düsseldorf mustard and fresh diced onions (diced by our 1928 Model Hobart Chopper), the wiener is then topped with our famous homemade Chili Sauce.
Although not part of the original Texas Wiener, we offer cheddar cheese sauce, sweet relish, and sauerkraut as toppings, too. If you asked for a wiener with no onions when Steve or Jack manned the grill, they made the it with everything instead. Today, Pete is more forgiving and allows customers to order how they wish.
When you're in Northeast Pa, just about every restaurant here sells some kind of version of our Texas Wiener. When you have been around as long as us, they figure its got to help them. But don't waste your time, come to the source and try the original! Voted best hot dog in Northeast Pennsylvania by the readers of the weekly entertainment paper, The Electric City, consecutively since 2004 and named one of America's Best Hot Dogs by The Daily Meal and FoxNews.com
Do you enjoy eating hot dogs? I hope you won't be put off by my frankness when I tell you that I absolutely love them. In fact, I enjoy no food item more than a freshly-boiled hot dog.
Now, I've done a lot of movies, and it's true that I've worked with quite a few celebrities who did not share this opinion. I'm sorry to say that these people have always angered me. There are two types of people in this world: those who eat hot dogs whenever it is possible to do so, and those who opt to do other things with their free time.
Who do the latter think they are kidding? What pastime could be more rewarding than the consumption of hot dogs? I haven't yet found one, and I don't expect to in my lifetime.
Unlike other foods, hot dogs can be eaten at any time, in any place, and it is not necessary to cook them. Now, I ask you: Why not eat hot dogs? They are delicious. I carry a bag of hot dogs with me wherever I go. I eat them from the bag whenever I get the urge, regardless of the circumstances. When I make a movie, my hot dogs are my co-stars. If, in the middle of a scene, I decide I want to consume a hot dog, I do so. I waste the director's time and thousands of dollars in film stock, but in the end, it is all worth it, because I enjoy eating hot dogs more than I enjoy acting.
This bothers some people. I was supposed to portray Batman, but when Tim Burton learned of my hot dog cravings, he asked Michael Keaton to wear the cape. To this day, I am peeved about this.
When we filmed The Dead Zone, I ate over 800 hot dogs a day. It was necessary. My character needed to come across as intense as possible, and I found the inspiration for that intensity in my intense love for hot dogs. The director, David Cronenberg, said that he would never work with me again. I kept eating hot dogs when the cameras were rolling, and that seemed to bother him. I say f**k him. He doesn't even like hot dogs.
I would like to end by emphasizing once again that I really like to eat hot dogs. If any of you people disagree, I loathe you. I despise you. Not only that, but I also despise all your loved ones. I want to see them torn to pieces by wild dogs. If I ever meet you in person, I'll smash your brains in with a f***ing bat. Then we'll see who doesn't like hot dogs.
From his column in The Onion, 'Walken in LA'.
* We cannot confirm that Christopher Walken actually wrote this, as it A. appeared in The Onion, and B. was from the late-1990's. (READ: Consider it fictional.) Whatever literary veracity it holds, we support Christopher Walken in his satirical quest to eat more hot dogs.