Horr’s Hot Dogs Gains Fans At Concerts, Festivals With Unique Combos
Among the numerous food and drink vendors to be found at the Fine Arts Fiesta, only one brings the Octo-Weenie Cheezie Bowl that’s sure to be a hit with kids, plus other artisan wieners that are scrumptious and Instagram-worthy.
Horr’s Hot Dogs returns for a fifth year to the Fine Arts Fiesta in Wilkes-Barre, and owner Buddy Prusinski, a native of the Downvalley area, said he’s proud to share his culinary creations.
“Fine Arts Fiesta is a great festival, from the arts to everything else,” Prusinski said. “It’s a hometown thing for us and the people from the area that come out.”
The Fine Arts Fiesta will take over Public Square in the city’s downtown from Thursday, May 16, through Sunday, May 19.
Though Prusinski doesn’t have a permanent brick-and-mortar establishment, his business was born out of his fortuitous location. Growing up in Moosic, his street often was a de-facto parking zone for concertgoers at Montage Mountain. One day in 2006, Prusinski decided to make the most of the situation by setting up a little hot dog stand. Eventually, he upgraded to a cart and moved into the concert venue as an official vendor.
“It just snowballed from there,” Prusinski said. “The concert stuff at Montage was where we really started to come into full-swing.”
What began as a simple hot dog venture expanded to a menu that included french fries, hamburgers, and sausage and peppers. But Prusinski realized that he had too many different foods he was trying to do well, and by 2012, he scaled back his offerings to stick with traditional hot dogs, with some specialty varieties added on.
The younger generation loves his mac-and-cheese hot dog, making it one of his best-sellers. Others with more expansive palates brave the crazier combinations found at Horr’s.
“We’ve had some real funky ones, like the Bacon-wrapped Peanut Butter,” Prusinski said. “People follow us to every festival we’re at to get that one.”
The busy season for Horr’s stretches from attendance at the St. Patrick’s Parade in Scranton in March all the way through the PA Bacon Fest in Easton in November.
Prusinski does a good business with bacon, which he serves either covered in chocolate, peanut butter or caramel. It also acts as the star of some of his more adventurous hot dogs, such as his Hula Dog, which tops a bacon-wrapped hot dog with fresh pineapple and fried red onions, and his Breakfast Dog, which pairs a bacon-wrapped hot dog with scrambled eggs, hashbrowns and cheddar cheese.
“We make everything fresh at each (event),” Prusinski noted. “We also have hand-dipped corn dogs, not frozen, that we do right there.”
Horr’s also is home to Old-Fashioned Corn Fritters, derived from Prusinski’s wife’s grandmother’s recipe.
“It’s really unique to what we have here,” he said. “You don’t find them everywhere.”
Prusinski said he loves bringing his mobile food trailer to outdoor, family-friendly events like the Fine Arts Fiesta because they represent everything he enjoys about his job.
“I love the pace, and obviously to be part of fairs and festivals throughout the state with all the people, it’s a great environment to work in every day,” Prusinski said. “People are always happy when they’re at a fair.”
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Horr’s Hot Dogs
Owner: Buddy Prusinski
Cuisine: Fun fair food
Hours: Vary by attendance at festivals and events from March to November
Online: Follow the Facebook page or visit horrshotdogs.com to see the schedule or send a request for booking.
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Sherri’s Crab Cakes
Sweet and Savory
Tony Thomas Fries & Corn