Letters to the Editor

From the week of May 4, 2006

Hot Debate Over Hot Dogs

Fighting like cats and dogs: I have been an avid, if not unreasonably loyal, fan of Westword for years, but Jason Sheehan's April 20 Bite Me column has gotten me angrier than a long-tailed cat in a rocking-chair factory. Shortly after you hired Jason, you printed my response defending him against numerous and rather vicious attacks on his writing skills, his ability to recognize good food and, most important, his gift of criticizing the restaurant scene here in Denver with a fair and equitable pen.

I now must tell that this "critic" is an idiot. He has crossed the line, attacking one of the country's most notable foods: the hot dog. In particular, he criticized Steve's Snappin' Dogs, one of my favorite places in the city to get a true and honest, American icon-class hot dog. No, Jason, these are not the soggy, watered-down, chili-covered hot dogs you can find sweating away in a rusted cart on the 16th Street Mall. These are quality dogs, and yes, they are a bit more expensive -- but I am not standing on a sidewalk avoiding the ever-present panhandlers asking for loose change. I'll pay a little more to sit and enjoy my food, regardless of what music they are playing (leave the music criticism to Casey Kasem).

Please, oh, please, don't ever let Sheehan out again without supervision.

Jack Barreca

Pup talk: I love Jason Sheehan's articles. They are the only thing I read in Westword. I could not agree with him more on Steve's Snappin' Dogs. Honestly, the hot dog stand outside Home Depot makes a better dog.

Thanks, Jason, for keeping me entertained!

Katie Sledge

We brake for Blinky: Jason Sheehan, nice hatchet job on Steve's Snappin' Dogs, which happens to be one of the finest new additions on that stretch of Colfax. Did you really use "Blinky-centric"? Ease up, ass puppet. Why wouldn't they push the Blinky legacy? Not only is Blinky Denver's only bona fide celebrity, but he is without a doubt the coolest thing that ever happened to this town. I was on Blinky's Fun Club when I was a kid -- unlike you, loser. I've walked past that abandoned garage since I went to East High, and I can't think of a better use for it. Maybe Steve's got a bad review because it doesn't advertise in Westword. Es verdad, no?

As for the food, I had a breakfast burrito that was magical at a price that was ridiculously cheap. At least we have the good fortune of knowing you probably won't be there when we go in. Best of luck with your community-college writing courses.

Fletcher Patrick Neeley

Green achers: Read about Steve's Snappin' Dogs in Bite Me, and just wanted to share a couple of things. I, too, thought they were pricey for what you got. I also thought I could make a better dog at home. I asked about the fluorescent Day-Glo green relish, and they said that's what they serve in Chicago and New York. Since I've never been to Chicago, I couldn't say, but I've never seen that color of relish in New York or anywhere else. Perhaps it's a "Blinky" thing? I didn't think that relish tasted good, either. I went back a few days later to try one of their fresh-squeezed limeades and had to throw it away.

They have a good concept and a good location, but with inferior product, I don't think they'll last too long.

Joyce Jacques

Street smarts: I do not understand how Westword could name Steve's Snappin' Dogs the Best New Store on Colfax and then have Jason Sheehan's Bite Me be so negative. I grew up in the Chicago area and miss those dogs. Steve's new hot dog stand is a very nice addition to reviving the Colfax area. Hot dogs are the ultimate comfort food...and Steve's are terrific!

Laura Dirks

Editor's note: Hot dog! Of the many, many new businesses on Colfax Avenue, the editorial staff agreed that a great hot dog stand with a noteworthy lineage was the most worthy, and so gave the Best New Store on Colfax award to Steve's Snappin' Dogs. Steve's didn't need to serve the best hot dog in town to win that title (Jason Sheehan stands by his choice of the Old Fashioned Italian Deli, far to the south in Littleton, for Best Hot Dog); it just needed to serve a very good dog in a fun, fine store.

People Who Needle People

There blows the neighborhood: Regarding the April 20 What's So Funny:

Does Adam Cayton-Holland know whether or not the Gathering Place or similar organizations have actually attempted unsuccessfully to set up shop in Hilltop or Cherry Creek? That must be how he came to the conclusion that residents and merchants in those neighborhoods feel that "helping the poor is great and all that, just as long as [those who live and work there] don't have to actually look at them." Or perhaps when he and a group of underprivileged went to canvass the neighborhoods, they were chased away by intolerant, rich white kids with lacrosse sticks? If that were the case, I hope he and his fellow crusaders found refuge in the McDonald's on Colfax and Krameria -- an establishment proudly welcomed and tolerated by Park Hill. I couldn't think of a better place for him to be one with the people, proud of his Park Hill origins and relieved that he's nothing like those Hilltop and Cherry Creek people.

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