Ex-New Yorker Art Elkind opened the small stand on Florence Avenue in 1944. A charming character well-known for expressing his opinions, Art garnered praise for his dogs from both the late David Shaw and Ruth Reichl. After Art's passing in 1990, the Elkind family ran the business for a time before selling to a new owner. The chili dog is the same, served on a steamed bun, a casing-free, all-meat dog made specially for Art's by nearby Meadow Farms. Some will complain about the lack of snap, but this was by design, to allow all the flavors and ingredients to meld.