Courtesy of Instant Karma Hot Dogs
By Jim Licklider
Ask anyone in Joplin where you should eat if you only have one or two nights in town, and you’ll hear Instant Karma pop up over and over again. Some say it by name, but most simply refer to it as “the hot dog place downtown.” To say that Instant Karma serves hot dogs is like saying Ferrari makes cars. While a true statement, it doesn’t show the extent to which the restaurant goes for truly gourmet hot dogs. My entire time at the restaurant, I didn’t realize I had arrived just minutes before close because the staff graciously welcomed me anyway. I was famished and decided to go with the Philly Tube Steak, a Black Angus beef hot dog loaded with sautéed peppers, onions, and cheese; the Bio Diesel, a veggie dog with blue cheese slaw and sriracha sauce; and sweet potato fries, just to be safe. Everything was amazing, and I couldn’t even tell the second hot dog was vegetarian. A word to the wise: a regular order of fries is enormous, so when dining at Instant Karma, bring some friends or a healthy appetite. Either way, you are bound to have a good time and a great meal.