Ah, Wienerschnitzel. I hadn’t been here in years and two things converged to bring me here last weekend: 1) I got some gift cards from a PR person and 2) They were having a 61 cents anniversary special. Let’s do this.
The familiar steeple A frame is still present in all of the Wienerschnitzel’s in San Diego. I totally associate this look with hot dogs.
The menu. They don’t just have hot dogs anymore! There’s also a variety of chili burgers and sandwiches.
And chicken dippers, corn dogs, and pastrami.
Plus drinks and Tastee Freez desserts. They also have a variety of flavors for their dipped cones, including Cotton Candy, Chocolate, Caramel and Chocolate Caramel.
Cotton Candy sounds like it would just be really, really sweet, doesn’t it?
There are also Daily Specials on the sweet treats!
We were here specifically to take advantage of the 61 cents hot dogs for the 61st Anniversary. You could get the mustard dog, the chili dog, or the kraut dog for 61 cents.
[mustard dog / normally $1.59]
Here my mustard dog. I like how in the promo photo the mustard is all sqiggled onto the hot dog perfectly, but in reality, I think maybe they just threw mustard at it from far away. How else would you explain that there’s mostly mustard just on the end and a few splashed in the middle?!
It’s a standard hot dog, there’s not a whole lot to say about it. It’s priced right, it’s cheap, it’s… well… it’s a hot dog. Too bad they can’t steam the bun for you or do something to make it a little bit better.
[chili dog / normally $1.79]
What in the world happened here to this poor chili dog? I guess it’s too much to ask to only get chili within the bun. I know it’s messy, but a little effort? No? Okay. be that way.
I didn’t like the flavor of the chili . It was very sweet and not very tasty. Looking like a gloopy mess didn’t encourage me, either.
[bbq bacon angus beef hot dog / $3.39]
They have three new angus beef hot dogs if you’re looking for something a little more “gourmet” at Wienerschnitzel. We tried the BBQ Bacon but they also have Blue Cheese & Bacon and a Chicago dog.
The angus beef hot dog (which, sorry, you can’t see…) is thicker than it’s other hot dog counterparts and I thought it tasted better and plumper than the regular dogs. This particular dog was kind of hard to eat though since they just lay a strip of bacon on top. You kind of have to tug and pull to get a bite of that bacon. The onion strings were a fun touch – they are more like those canned french onion strings than freshly made ones. The BBQ sauce helped pull it all together. I did like the hot dog better in this one, but I also felt like there was so much “stuff” on top. I kind of just preferred the plain old mustard one but I really wanted onions on top (which I guess you can get if you order the Deluxe Dog).
[chili cheese french fry burrito / $1.29]
Jake wanted this. I thought it looked disgusting with it’s warped, wrinkly flour tortilla and how the french fries are not all inside this “burrito”. He liked it though. I didn’t even want to try it. Yeah, I’m totally a snob sometimes.
[curly fries / medium size – $2.39]
I liked the curly fries a lot. They were freshly prepared and exactly what I thought they would be.
[strawberry summer sipper / $1.99]
We also got a Strawberry Summer Sipper, one of their new beverages for the summer. It has a nice strawberry taste and one lonely piece of lemon. It was way too sweet though. The sugary flavor overpowered the strawberry flavor.
[old fashioned sundae / normally $2.69 – only $1.59 on Sundays]
I didn’t even look at what sundae flavors they had otherwise I probably would have gotten a Chocolate Caramel Crunch Sundae (one of the new flavors). But I just made Jake get back in line and get me a chocolate sundae because it sounded really good and it was hot outside! It comes with vanilla soft serve, chocolate syrup and a cherry. No nuts, sorry. But there’s plenty of chocolate syrup! It looks like they put the syrup in first and then fill it up which is a good idea – I think you get more chocolate this way. It was also good because then Jake could eat a bunch and avoid the chocolate he doesn’t like. Then I got to have chocolate syrup with pretty much every bite after that.
What did I think overall? Well… it’s okay. I mean… it’s cheap, fast hot dogs. That’s what they do. The Angus dogs do taste a little bit better but in the end I’d probably just head over to Costco and get a hot dog and a soda for $1.50 and then put all the onions I want onto my hot dog. I’d probably come here again for a dipped cone, a cheap hot dog and more curly fries though since they do have caramel dipped cones now (a new dipping flavor!) and that sounds like a good thing.
Disclaimer: I was provided with gift cards from a media rep for Wienerschnitzel so our meal was complimentary. I was not further compensated for this review and all opinions stated here are my own.
4393 Convoy St.
San Diego, CA 92111