The original bright-hued location of Jack’s Cosmic Dogs on Highway 17 in Mt. Pleasant has won over a constellation of fans, including Food Network star Alton Brown, who declared the Cosmic Dog one of best things he’s ever eaten. With glass bottles of soda on ice and an old-style soft-serve ice cream machine, it’s a pitch-perfect throwback to a lost era of roadside hot dog stands. There’s even a creaky screen door on the front. A newer location on Folly Road, which has a larger dining room and a drive-thru, too, gives James Islanders their own stellar dogs. Alton’s favorite, the Cosmic Dog, has blue cheese slaw and sweet potato mustard, while the Astro Dog is topped with onion relish and spicy yellow mustard. The dogs themselves are top-notch, and they’re served on seeded deli rolls instead of plain white buns. Combine a chili-cheese Orbit City Dog with a side of handcut fries and a longneck Sundrop, and you’ll have a genuine roadside classic. —Robert Moss Dish (Summer 2013)
Nine varieties of hot dogs, including the Cosmic and the Galactic Dog. Voted Best Hot Dog by CP readers.
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