Do you ever see something on a menu and think “wow that sounds weird, I’m going to try that.”? Or are you more of a “that sounds weird, no thank you.” type of person? Well in this case I was both. I avoided this specific vegan option for about a year because it sounded so unappealing, but for the people I do eventually make myself try things I wouldn’t pick for my own meals.
So that brings us to Hollywood Studios where I finally decided to try the vegan option over at Fairfax Fare, the Chicago Style “Hot Dog” Salad. Now I need to preface this, I absolutely understand a Chicago Style Hot Dog, I support the decision for peppers, relish, mustard, and more on a dog. However, do I want that on a bed of lettuce?
I opted to mobile order this via the My Disney Experience app, which was easy to do since it requires no modifications. It was ready within a few quick minutes.
The Chicago Style “Hot Dog” Salad is described as this on the menu; Romaine Blend, Plant-based Bratwurst, Sliced Sport Peppers, Tomatoes, Onions, House-made Dill Pickle, Sweet Relish, Mustard, and Poppy and Celery Seed Brioche Croutons tossed in Neon Green Relish Vinaigrette. My salad had all of these components aside from the onions.
The Beyond Sausage (not a hot dog) seemed like it had been cooked and sitting for a long time prior to getting the salad. It had the cold mushy texture, and a minimal “snap” to the casing on it. The texture of that made me not want to eat the sausage.
As a whole I didn’t hate the salad, but I also didn’t finish eating it. The neon colors of it were throwing me off and just straight yellow mustard was weird. The dressing itself was good, however it wasn’t pre-tossed in it making most of the salad dry. The croutons were delicious, they had a nice crunch without being too hard. I mostly just ate the sport peppers, which had a good amount of heat to them. But overall the salad made me feel like I went to Subway and was like “just throw all your vegetables in a bowl for me”.
I wish a few things about this dish, I wish it was actually a vegan dog (Field Roast preferred if we’re getting specific), I wish we had the option of this in a bun here, and I wish the vegetables felt more fresh and less like a toppings bar. I love having options with hearty salads to break up the burgers and other faux meats (yes I understand there is a faux meat on this dish), but this one didn’t do it for me.
Review from August 2022.