There's a different kind of "hot dog" in the Spring Hill area of Charleston. It's not one topped with chili, slaw, mustard and onions. Instead, it's a bakery version of a hot dog - found at Spring Hill Pastry Shop.
It swaps the bun for an eclair that is split and filled with fluffy cream and has chocolate icing atop. It borrows the name "hot dog" because of its appearance, but it doesn't actually contain any of the same elements.
It's an iconic part of Charleston, I was told many times, as it remained on my bucket list when my deadline to move was quickly approaching. I made it my goal to get the much coveted hot dog before I left.
When I walked into the pastry shop, I was overwhelmed with amazing smells and beautiful displays. All of this at around 8 a.m. I can't imagine how early they wake up to prepare this spread. But they basically have every kind of pastry and sweet delight you could imagine. My friend told the woman behind the counter I had never had the famed hot dog and want to try it before I leave.
She gave me one. On the house.
In addition to being a sweet treat with a soft bun, creamy center and decadent drizzle of chocolate - the service is phenomenal. Great hometown place. Get the hot dog. Revel in its delight. Contribute to a great group of people.