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51. The FCAT at P.S. 561

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Everyone loves a hot dog, but not all hot dogs are loveable.  Some are mealy, or boiled, or taste of chemicals, or play-dough.  Sorry pork fans, but a real hot dog should be all-beef, grilled (no dirty water dawgs ever), be a deep, rich red with a little char on the ends.  The dog should have a "snap" when you bite into it, and it should arrive at your mouth just a little too hot to handle -- like the dogs at P.S. 561, the little yellow school bus that could (serve great hot dogs, that is).

All the dogs are school-themed, like the hall monitor (a Ruben dog), the math whiz (a Bahn-Mi dog), and the all-city (a classic pushcart dog). But we love the FCAT, a grilled dog served with bacon, barbeque sauce, and plenty of jalapenos ($5.50).  Remember the saying -- it takes hours of study to ace the FCAT, but only a few minutes to devour it!

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Laine Doss is the food and spirits editor for Miami New Times, covering the restaurant and bar scene in South Florida. She has been featured on Cooking Channel’s Eat Street and Food Network’s Great Food Truck Race. Doss won an Alternative Weekly award for her feature on what it’s like to wait tables. In a previous life, she appeared off-Broadway and shook many a cocktail as a bartender at venues in South Florida and New York City. When she’s not writing, you can find Doss running some marathon then celebrating at the nearest watering hole.
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