Eat & Run: Hungry at Higgins Beach? Have a hot dog delivered

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The Shade Shack is open for dinner or delivery to Higgins Beach. Photo by Bob Keyes

SCARBOROUGH – There are things a committed Managing Partner must do to ensure that a business is successful, or at least receives the proper attention.

For Phil Kronenthal aka Mr. Hot Dog, that means dressing up in a silly foam hot dog costume on a 90 degree day and delivering Feltman’s Coney Island hot dogs, cold drinks and cream treats. ice cream bike for beach goers at Higgins Beach or anyone in the beachfront neighborhood. Kronenthal and partners own the Higgins Beach Inn and have opened the Shade Shack as a lunch option for the hundreds of people passing by. in front of the hotel to get to the beach every summer day.

They’re betting some of these people will see the convenience of ordering on their phone and having food delivered to the beach rather than making or buying sandwiches, which often get soggy in the cooler the moment they’re unpacked. on the beach.

The Shade Shack is a parallel operation to the inn’s gourmet establishment, Shade. The Shade Shack is only open for lunch on sunny days, 11:30 am to 2:30 pm, before the space turns into a Shade for dinner. With a menu that includes Feltman’s dogs and their famous guts that crack with every bite – as well as burgers, BLTs, grilled cheese and more – the Shade Shack offers quick and convenient food to eat in or order for. pickup or delivery by bike, courtesy of Kronenthal or any of the assistants he can hire to make the short ride from the classic New England inn to the beach one block away .

The Shade Shack offers Feltman’s of Coney Island hot dogs, with a casing that shatters with every bite. Photo by Bob Keyes

“Last year was the year of the rat. This summer is hot dog summer, ”he said as he pedaled to the beach in his hot dog outfit.

Even without the good-natured beach delivery, the Shade Shack is all about summer. The menu is printed on a surfboard, there are picnic tables – with large umbrellas that provide shade – for alfresco dining, and there is a large screened porch for outdoor dining. inside. The porch is a relatively recent addition to the Higgins Beach Inn, added after the purchase of the hotel by the Migis hotel group in 2017. The picnic tables were added last year, so Shade could operate in full. security during the pandemic. This season, the inn has expanded the outdoor dining area by adding several tables.

The Feltman’s connection stems from Kronenthal’s appreciation for the Coney Island hot dog. Feltman’s roots go back to 1867, and he claims to have operated the first hot dog stand in the New York beach destination. Kronenthal read a story about a year ago about efforts to relaunch the brand, called the head of the company, and struck a deal to sell the hot dogs in Maine.

It was a good decision.

True to tradition, I ordered the Coney Island, served with beef chili, diced onions and melted cheddar cheese ($ 8). The grilled dog comes with a bag of Miss Vickie sea salt chips and a pickle spear. I ordered a water and people who dine there also have the option of drinking beer and wine. Served on a paper-lined plastic tray, both ends of the dog extended beyond the toast, and it was filled with spicy ground beef that spilled over the edges – so much so that I could have used a fork to enjoy all the pieces. The snap of the first bite was a reminder of both the sounds and tastes of summer.

Other options for hot dogs include Classic Dog, Chilli Chicago Dog, Sauerkraut Reuben, Vidalia Coleslaw & Onion Carolina, Cuban, Cowboy, and more. I loved the look of the burger and the classic BLT was temporary. There is also a lobster roll; the day I stopped, the market price was $ 32. Frozen treats include Klondike bars, Italian ice cream, and homemade ice cream sandwiches.

The service was quick and friendly, and the experience was as fun, fun, fun as a never-ending summer.

Brady Demers is getting ready to make a delivery. Photo by Bob Keyes


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