Anesthesiologist Marc Soojian wants to knock Northport out – with a good hot dog.
Soojian just launched The Original Kasper’s Hot Dogs, a revival of the Oakland, California hot dog stand his great grandfather Kasper Koojoolian founded back in 1929. (That place, passed down to Soojian's grandfather and, then, his uncle, is currently closed for renovations).
The menu at the Northport counter service spot is small and simple. Steamed hot dogs, chicken sausage and chicken hot dogs may be had with any combo of toppings: yellow and brown mustard, relish, ketchup, tomato and onion, cut to order, chili, sauerkraut and cheese. Organic mustard, relish and ketchup are also available.
I liked my steamed all-beef hot dog on a bun, ordered with nothing more than a stripe of yellow mustard. The flavorless chicken dog, though, was – well, a real dog; relish and pickles couldn't even help it. Good chicken sausage, though.
If there's a problem here, it's the lack of side dishes (other than chips). Soojian said that once the place gets going, he may introduce baked beans.
Conveniently, dessert — Wolfie’s Frozen Custard — is right next door.
Until Memorial Day, hours are Monday to Thursday, 11:30 a.m. to 7 p.m., Friday, 11:30 a.m. to 8 p.m., Saturday, 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Sunday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
The Original Kasper’s Hot Dogs is at 40 Woodbine Ave., Northport, 631-651-9377
Above: left to right: Beef hot dog, chicken hot dog, chicken sausage at Original Kasper's