Last night I went out to a trendy restaurant in downtown Cincinnati. I’m on a business trip for work, which means the company pays for all my meals.

I’m usually a boring eater. I know what I like: steak, chicken, potatoes, and bread. Maybe some fruit on the side, but I like to keep it simple. If I’m going to pay to eat out, I better be darn sure I’m gonna like it.

However, when my company is paying, I feel like I can step outside my comfort zone and try something new. Being an out-of-towner, I let my colleagues in Cinci pick where we eat and I just go along for the ride.

This evening, we decided to go to a trendy little part of downtown Cincinnati and try an upscale hot dog place.

You heard me. An upscale hot dog restaurant.

This place is so popular, we literally had to wait 55 minutes just to get a seat. And in case you were wondering how much food costs at a high class hot dog restaurant, I’ll just say this: if you have to ask how much it costs, you can’t afford it.

hot dog market rate

I really just wanted to share that picture. I think it’s absolutely hilarious. Who makes a fancy schmancy hot dog restaurant where the hot dog of the day is sold at a market rate like some rare seafood? And how is it so popular that it takes an hour to get a seat?

My theory is because the restaurant is “trendy”.

Trendy, as far as I’m concerned, is just another way to say expensive. Whether its a trendy restaurant, trendy clothes, or a trendy haircut, these things will almost always cost you more than their non-trendy counterparts. Some people love to be involved in the trendy scene and know all the right places to find the cool crowd.

Not me. Give me some fried chicken or a St. Louis style pizza. Please and thank you.