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USA Today Gives Yesterdog Poor Rating – Did They Get It Right? [Poll]

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USA Today was in Grand Rapids and stopped at Yesterdog to give a full review.

They talked about Yesterdog’s food, the interior, and the employees in the review.  In the end, USA Today gave Yesterdog a poor rating.  The second lowest possible.

Did USA Today get it right? 

USA Today called Yesterdog, “OK”.  Their rating system has five possibilities.  From worst to best:

  • Blah
  • OK
  • Mmmm
  • Yum!
  • OMG!

USA Today had good things to say about Yesterdog:

The tie-dyed t-shirts, Grateful Dead stickers, wooden booth graffiti, and friendly staff give off a happy-go-lucky vibe.

They also liked the toppings, but not the hot dog:

To me the highlights are the toppings, since I grew up on New York and New England hot dogs and like a bit of snap, a crispiness to the casing that you don’t find with these soft, innocuous franks. But many locals love this style, which is a matter of taste. The toppings are good by any standards, especially the unique kraut, not your regular soggy sauerkraut but rather a fresh chopped, brighter green concoction with a lot of crunch, making up for the soft wiener.

USA Today sums up their visit:

The bottom line is that Yesterdog has interesting hot dog options in a unique setting, and it’s a fun place to eat that is also a great bargain. Do I crave Yesterdog dogs after trying them? No. Would I go back if I were in the area? Absolutely.

Final rating from USA Today = “OK”.

“OK”?!  I don’t think so.

How about somewhere between “Yum!” and “OMG!”?  If you are going to factor in Yesterdog’s ambiance then “OMG!” is a no-brainer.

The hot dogs at Yesterdog are good and it’s a fun place to visit.  If you are looking for a coney, like those on the east side of the state, this is not it.  But count me among those who like both Yesterdog AND Lafayette Coney Island in Detroit.

(By the way, Lafayette is better than American.)

Read USA Today’s full review here.


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