A local hot dog stand in the tradition of Casper’s hot dogs in the Bay area, Sinbad’s serves all beef hot dogs in casings that provide a satisfying “pop.” Sinbad’s sources their hot dogs from the same makers of the original Casper’s so transplants from Northern California clamor for the frankfurters with the signature “snap.”
“You can’t find many places where they serve the natural casing hotdogs that have that crunch to the dog!’’ one Yelp reviewer wrote.
Longtime locals like their Sinbad’s, too, whether topped with chili and cheese or perhaps some kraut.
Home of the “steamin’ weanie,” each hot dog and bun is steamed for a tasty, old-fashioned flavor. According to owner Kristine Maioli, customers love the classic Sinbad dog, topped with ketchup, mustard, tomato, relish, and onion. The specialty dogs are equally as popular, especially the Chicago dog, chili cheese dog, and kraut dog.
Sinbad’s occupies a small storefront in the Silver State Plaza that seats under 20 people. Classic hot dog art adorns the walls and a TV allows you to keep up with your favorite sport viewing.
Sinbad’s features a different specialty hot dog each month. In an homage to football season, and a menu staple from September through February, they serve a Buffalo dog consisting of a beef dog, Frank’s spicy buffalo wing sauce, ranch dressing, celery salt, diced celery, all topped off with blue cheese crumbles.
During early March they serve the St. Patty’s day special with corned beef under the hot dog and mustard, onion, and pickles. Starting in April, it’s the “slaw dog,” featuring the classic beef dog, mustard, and homemade coleslaw. Whichever “dog” you choose, the steamed bun does a good job of sopping up the flavorful condiments.
Pair any hot dog with a wide assortment of potato chips and you have a delicious lunch to take over to the Sparks Marina, a block away, to enjoy a water-side seat and maybe a short stroll if you’re feeling guilty about those delicious calories you consumed and want to walk off your meal. Homemade macaroni or pasta salads are popular additions to the picnic-style lunch fare. And, of course, corn chips are an essential topping for the chili cheese dogs. If you prefer polish sausage, Sinbad’s serves up mild and hot link sausages.
After 38 years in business, Sinbad’s has a very loyal following that spans generations.
“This is the only place in town I can go to have a memory of my dad and me having his favorite lunch as a kid,’’ said one Yelp reviewer, who recommended the double-mustard Kraut dog.
“We have a huge regular clientele who have been coming here since we opened,’’ Maioli said. “We are full with a line to the door from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. and it remains steady until 4 p.m.’’
The early morning crowd was filing in one recent morning, perhaps earlier than might be expected. Turns out there are a lot of people looking for a good hot dog early in the day.
“You’d be surprised. Lots of construction workers and other early risers come in at 10 a.m. for hot dogs,’’ said Maioli, who also accommodates bulk lunch orders of 30-100 hot dogs for nearby businesses.
Hot dogs, depending on additions, are $4-7.50. Combination specials (including chips and a drink) will run you $8.75. To encourage repeat customers, all orders receive a $1 off coupon for the next visit, good for up to 4 original beef dogs per order (.50 cents off specialty dogs). Sinbad’s is open 10 a.m.to 7 p.m. Monday-Saturday and 11 a.m.to 4 p.m. on Sunday.
Sinbad’s Hot Dogs. 418 N. McCarran Blvd., Sparks, NV. In the Silver State Plaza., 775-331-4762.