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New Taste Test audition will bring out the 'wurst'

If you’ve been looking for some dynamite hot dogs in your travels around York, the next restaurant auditioning for a spot in the Taste Test York series is right up your alley.

King Brat, a fast casual dining restaurant featuring hot dogs and sausages, will take their stab at winning a spot in the competition.

“We just came off this Indian Fusion audition and (King Brat) is completely different,” Allison Witherow, creative director for Taste Test York, said. “This is a good example of what we could do as a fast casual concept in this stage.”

King Brat co-owner Daniel Bryant said this is the group’s first foray into the food industry.

“This is a cool way to see if we’re a good fit for the food industry and if we’re a good fit for York,” Bryant said.

The hot dog and sausage concept was thought up a year ago, when Bryant and his co-owners Curtis McClain, Nick Giuffrida and Clint Dickerson served some free sample hot dogs outside of The Parliament Arts Organization on a First Friday in 2015.

“People were asking us, ‘where can we find these?’” Bryant said.

Among the hot dogs the group will serve are the Kona Dog — a hot dog topped with grilled pineapple, sriracha cream sauce and crumbled bacon — and the Carolina Slaw Dog, featuring Baron Von Schwein pulled pork, barbecue sauce, cole slaw and crunchy fried onion.

Bryant said that the potato buns used for the hot dogs are freshly baked. They will also serve tater tots with specialty toppings and their own iced teas and lemonades.

Bryant believes people should choose King Brat for the Taste Test series because of their new twist on a classic meal.

“Everyone has had a hot dog sometime in their life,” Bryant said. “It’s a cool twist that will bring something new to York.”

Anthony J. Machcinski is the Food and Drink reporter for FlipSidePA and the York Daily Record. Follow him on Facebook and Twitter, or send him an email at

If you go…

Where: YorKitchen, 37 W. Clarke St., York

When: September 9, 11 and 16 for lunch and dinner. September 10 for dinner. Lunch is from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. and dinner is from 5 to 8 p.m.

More information: Check out the Taste Test Facebook page, or their website at

Tickets: $12 and can be found on the trial’s Eventbrite page or at their website. Tickets are encouraged, but walk ups are also accepted.