Schmidt’s International Gourmet Hotdogs is a little hotdog restaurant that replaced the milk tea shop that I always saw whenever I would go and visit the dentist. As soon as the place started its construction, I just knew that I had to give their hotdogs a go. Schmidt’s started out in 2012 and they only used to make deliveries – As far as I know, the branch here at the Podium is their first resto. The owners of Schmidt’s decided to sell hotdogs instead of sandwiches or burgers, because if you think about it, how many restaurants/stalls can you find in the PH that specialize in gourmet hotdog sandwiches?
The giant sign by the counter claims that Schmidt’s sells the “best hotdogs of the world”. Hmmm, we’ll see about that…
Here’s a picture of their menu: Just some hotdogs plus two side dishes. Their hotdog sandwiches were inspired by different types of cuisine from across the globe.
I ordered the Wagamama, with Japanese curry, shredded nori, coleslaw, and Japanese mayo. Admittedly, it was a little tough to eat because of all the coleslaw. But it was still delicious! I was a quite surprised that they used a type of wurst sausage for their hotdogs, instead of just… Well, a plain hotdog. It tasted very different from Sabrett’s hotdogs. Meanwhile, the bun was very soft but tore off easily.
Mom had the Coney Island Chili Dog, with homemade chili, jalapeno, cheese, onions and sour cream.
A plate of delicious Nachos. Like the Coney Island hotdog, this one also had homemade chili, cheese, jalapeno, onions, and sour cream. It looks and tastes like a plate of regular nachos, but these were simply addicting.
It wasn’t the most filling of meals, but it was still delicious (and cheap too). I would highly recommend this place if you want to have a little snack before going on a shopping spree.
Food: 5/5 (taste), 4/5 (presentation)
Schmidt’s International Gourmet Hotdogs is located at 5/F The Podium, ADB Ave., Ortigas Center, Mandaluyong, Metro Manila.