While storeowners Portia and Stacy Ezell sold the books signed by West, Bryant provided some of his trademarked treats, including burgoo, chili, chicken salad and his new, notorious “Knock You Naked Brownies.”
“People from the north stop in on their way to and from Florida every winter. I see some of them twice a year, in the fall and spring,” said Bryant of his migratory customers.
It was the customers that got West’s attention as he compiled his book. “It seems like Hot Diggity Dog has a regular clientele. It gives it an ambiance and an atmosphere that is like ‘the regulars are here.’ The food is great too,” the author said.
West said that it was the name of the popular lunch spot that drew his attention, but he was hooked when he tried the Chicago-style hot dog. “Quite a few people, not just me, recommend Hot Diggity Dog. It is one of the most unique restaurants in the book.”
The idea for his book came from Duncan Hines. West explained that the name is mostly associated with quick cake mixes now, though Hines was known as a restaurant critic and travel guide compiler. Hines was born in Bowling Green in 1880 and died in 1959. West said that he had planned 100 Must Places to eat, but added one more, the Beaumont Inn in Harrodsburg, a favorite of Hines’.
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