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