By MADOLINE MARKHAM
Gus’s Hot Dogs in Crestline has served its hot dogs—complete with the same recipes for homemade hot dog sauce, slaw, chili and seasoned beef—for the past 42 years. For many, eating there is nostalgic, but for most the comfort food just plain tastes good.
Kids learn from their dads or grandmothers to order a hot dog “regular” (mustard, sauerkraut, onion and sauce) or a “special” (same ingredients with seasoned ground beef on top). “You can tell if someone is not from Birmingham by how they order their hot dog,” said Ernie Gerontakis, who owns the restaurant and has expanded its menu in recent years.
A third generation of customers stops by Gus’s for breakfast on the way to school or after school for an Icee and fries.
Gerontakis took over the business two years ago. “My first job was doing this, and this is what I always wanted to do,” he said. Continue reading