By Lori Fredrich Senior Food Writer, Dining Editor, Podcast Host Published Jul 25, 2021 at 12:31 PM

Hot dogs may not have originated in the U.S., but for countless Americans, they represent the epitome of comfort, whether eaten from a humble street cart, at a backyard barbeque or – even more memorably – at the ballpark.

This week on the podcast, we’re chatting with Hank Stiehl, co-owner of Riley’s Good Dogs, a nascent mobile food concept that’s banking on America’s love for the hot dog with a menu of both plant- and meat-based hot dogs and sausages that takes the classic comfort food to new levels.

From dreaming up innovative sausage-based combinations to creating a business model that’s as good to the earth as it is to customers’ stomachs, we’re getting to the bottom of Riley’s dog- and people-friendly concept to find out what makes their “good dogs” some of the best of the bunch.


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Lori Fredrich Senior Food Writer, Dining Editor, Podcast Host

Lori is an avid cook whose accrual of condiments and spices is rivaled only by her cookbook collection. Her passion for the culinary industry was birthed while balancing A&W root beer mugs as a teenage carhop, fed by insatiable curiosity and fueled by the people whose stories entwine with each and every dish. She’s had the privilege of chronicling these tales via numerous media, including OnMilwaukee and in her book “Milwaukee Food.” Her work has garnered journalism awards from entities including the Milwaukee Press Club. 

When she’s not eating, photographing food, writing or recording the FoodCrush podcast, you’ll find Lori seeking out adventures with her husband Paul, traveling, cooking, reading, learning, snuggling with her cats and looking for ways to make a difference.