Tuesday, October 5, 2021

Yum Yum Better Ice Cream

Despite the name, any discussion of hot dogs in North Carolina, and more specifically, Greensboro, Yum Yum's name is sure to come up. 

I'd heard about the establishment for many years. Last Saturday, bored with the pandammit, my husband and I decided to try a couple of NC Scenic Byways around Durham. We took the Football Road from Chapel Hill to Greensboro; and for a meandering ride home, the Colonial Heritage Byway.

We got to Greensboro a bit past lunchtime and hungry. Not wanting to rely on a quick drive-through chain, we decided to give Yum Yum a try. We plugged the address in the GPS and were there in minutes.

Curbside pickup and online ordering would have been better, or an exterior ordering window... But at least outdoor seating was plentiful, and the weather was perfect for dining al fresco. It wasn't too crowded, and folks were generally social-distancing.

Yum Yum interior
Even inside, the staff were all masked, as were all but one of the customers. People seemed to consciously avoid violating one another's space.

We ordered a couple of dogs each and a can of diet Dr. Pepper and Diet Mt. Dew. Yum Yum serves Pepsi products in cans--and Cheerwine in bottles.

Service was quick and efficient.

My husband, not being from around here, still prefers his hot dogs with mustard and relish. Of course, mine were real Carolina Hot Dogs. If you want relish, they give you condiment packets for you to add your own.

Carolina dog

Anticipation made me begin to drool a bit as I unrolled my first dog to see the familiar mix of mustard, slaw, chili, and onions. The slaw was tangy and sweet, and the onions a bit sharp. The chili was there, but it seemed overshadowed somewhat by the slaw and onions. Respectable if not remarkable.

We also decided to try the "better" ice cream. I had coffee and peach, and my husband had chocolate. To be honest, neither of us were impressed. The flavors were muted--mostly just cold and sweet, not that cold and sweet is bad... but better than what?

While not my favorite hot dog, it was fairly satisfying and might just hit the spot when you're craving a Carolina dog. 

My verdict: 3 weenies