All the Fried Food
Dippin' Dog ($2.50)
The breading on the Dippin' Dog is dense and crumbly, with actual cornbread taste. This is the highlight, with the skinless dog itself getting a little lost among the corn. I hear there's a ⅓ pounder version on the menu; next time, I'm going for that.
Country Fried Bacon ($6.00)
The aforementioned Country Fried Bacon is respectably subdued. The bacon itself is thin, with a purer flavor than the pepperoni-like version at Paddy Long's. I rather prefer the bacon's chewy texture here, though those firmly in the crisp camp may be put off. Two dipping sauces, a mayo based Argentine and a Harold's-like hot, work best when their powers combine, adding a creamy, vinegary finish to the experience.
Chili Bombs ($7.50)
Part of a short, highly publicized secret menu, the Chili Bombs are like the Supreme Tamales you find at hot dog stands around the city, but you know, made with good cornbread and assertive chili. Said chili is Cincinnati-ish, but with no discernible sweetness. Dip these in the included Merkt's cheddar sauce, and pray that God has mercy on your soul.
Fried Jalapeños ($3.50)
Part two of the secret menu, the Fried Jalapeños are of the ballpark nacho variety, and they are brilliant. I'd put these on anything: nachos, a burger, or chili cheese fries. Speaking of which...
Merkt's Cheddar Chili Fries ($5.50)
The Merkt's Cheddar Chili Fries are as over the top and gut-bomby as they look, and I ate these greedily the way rubberneckers can't take their eyes off the scene of an accident. Though the slightly separated cheese sauce and chili overwhelm the fries, I can't say that I'm complaining, unfortunately.