You’re probably asking, what is Sheetz? If you are asking this question, then you are probably not from Western Pennsylvania. Sheetz is a popular gas station/convenience store chain located in Western/Central Pennsylvania, with a few locations in West Virginia and Maryland. What makes Sheetz interesting is a number of years ago they started this novel concept of making fast food in their convenience stores. They call their sandwiches MTOs which is short for Made To Order. When they first started producing MTOs, you would walk into a Sheetz, fill out a form of what you wanted, and hand it to the person behind the counter who would assemble your MTO per the instructions that you gave him or her. The Sheetz MTO concept has since exploded, and now they have fancy touch screen computers in which you can place your order on, and it is made fresh in the back, and delivered at the front counter to you. Now, the concept of eating food made at a gas station is a turn off to some people, but Sheetz is very popular in Pennsylvania. Sheetz makes everything from Sandwiches to Pizza, Burgers to Fajitas, and of course, Hot Dogs. I thought I would give a Sheetz dog a try.
I ordered 1 hot dog, with chili, nacho cheese, onions, and bacon. I am told that this style of hot dog is affectionately called the “death dog” by frequent Sheetz patrons. Since all Sheetz locations are in operation 24/7, 365 days a year, one can only assume that a “death dog” is potentially the drunk food of choice after the 2 AM hour on weekends. Anyway, I ordered my hot dog using the fancy Sheetz touch screen ordering mechanism, and took my slip up to the counter to pay for my hot dog. Now the cool part was this hot dog was cheap, really cheap. A standard Sheetz hot dog is $0.69 by itelf. That includes ketchup, mustard, onions, relish… pretty much any standard condiment. Now I ordered mine with chili ($0.29), cheese ($0.29), and bacon ($0.39), which added $0.97 to my $0.69 hot dog, giving me a total of $1.66 for my dog. Pretty good price nowadays!
Unfortunately, I think I got what I paid for. The Sheetz death dog lived up to it’s name. I wouldn’t say eating it was slow death, but not far from it. It failed the snap test miserably; the dog was just plain soggy. The chili was bland, and there was hardly any nacho cheese on the thing at all. Now, the only mitigating factor to the Sheetz hot dog was the price. I can imagine at 2:30 AM after a night at the bar, this thing probably tastes like the finest ambrosia from the Greek Gods, but at 2:30 in the afternoon, it tasted pretty lousy. One last thing I want to point out; I am only reviewing the hot dog at Sheetz, not any of the other selections on their menu at this time. I will probably be blogging about another one of their MTO products in the future but today I only had time to try a hot dog. After sampling the Sheetz hot dog, I give them a 2 hot dog rating on the rating scale, but I would like to try some of their other products in the future.