I finally got my chance to give one a try! Knowing I had a Mama Melrose reservation in just a couple of hours, I headed over to Fairfax Fare just in time to hit smack dab in the middle of Spring Break lunch crowds! Woo! Anyway; here’s the sordid tale…
With a primo location in the shadow of Tower of Terror, the open air market vibe of Fairfax Fare makes it a terrific place to grab a bite while you’re waiting for your FastPass time or the next street show along Hollywood Boulevard.
However, if you’re visiting during a busy season be ready for the crazy that is the crowdiness of Dinney Whirl. Seriously; I waited for at least 20-30 minutes in these lines. Off the charts.
Once you grab your snacks here, head over to the condiment bars to the left of the building, then snack yourself a table somewhere in the sea of seats in Sunset Ranch Market.
So, just to re-cap, there have been a LOT of these “gourmet” hot dogs popping up in the parks over the past year or so. Casey’s Corner and Lunching Pad in the Magic Kingdom for example. And now we have these lovely additions.
Once I made it through the crazy, I quickly spotted the treats I was after on the huge menu board. But there was no choice here…I knew which dog I was getting!
But for non-hot dog, non-mac and cheese, non-truffle oil, and non-bacon fans, Fairfax Fare continues to feature smoked and barbecued specialties, like the chicken and spareribs, the barbecue sandwich, and smoked turkey legs. (Interestingly, Toluca Legs Turkey Company was shut down on my visit and the legs were only available here.)
Slightly lighter fare comes in the form of the Fairfax Salad, which sounds a little like a taco salad to me. And of course, a small selection of kid-friendly options.
But…I was here for the hot dog! Since my love for mac and cheese is well known, I’m sure you aren’t surprised.
And mac and cheese that has that amazingly awesome, impossibly neon yellow color of plastic cheese? Sign me up!
And the whole thing is topped with bacon bits. Just when you didn’t think it could get any better.
Now, I’ll admit that I was ready to NOT like this hot dog. It just seemed too over-the-top even for me.
But, we all know how I felt about the Picnic Burger at Sci-Fi Dine-In, so it makes sense that I would love this, too, eh?
The creamy mac and cheese with the salty, snappy hot dog? It just worked. And even though the mac and cheese wasn’t a sharp flavor, the creaminess and texture really added to the dish overall.
Now, for those who are concerned about the bun, this one was fine — perfectly pliable, soft, and fresh, without being the least bit dry or crumbly.
One flavor I didn’t taste strongly, though, was the truffle oil. I’d heard conflicting reports about this and wondered if it would be a distraction, but I didn’t really taste it at all, sadly.
And once I realized that I understood the flavor of the dog minus condiments…I broke out the ketchup. Yes; yes I did. And, I’ll be honest…it tasted even better.
I had heard some negative comments about the Macaroni & Cheese and Truffle Oil hot dog, so I wasn’t exactly sure what to expect. But overall, it was surprisingly good!
Again — the truffle oil wasn’t a huge flavor in my experience, so don’t worry about this aspect if you aren’t a big fan of mushroom or earthy flavors. The bacon was a terrific addition, enhancing the overall flavor, rather than dominating it.
I have to say…I definitely recommend giving these more interesting hot dogs a try!
Have you had the gourmet hot dogs at Fairfax Fare? Which one do you want to try the most?