I’ve heard barkings (sorry for the lame pun) about The Dog for quite a few months now. It opened in March but I wasn’t in any rush try them – it’s just hot dogs. Sorry, gourmet hot dogs. Well, I was meeting up with my friend A for some lunch and gave her a couple options to choose from. After checking them all out, she picked The Dog as she’s never been and was craving hot dogs. Talk about perfect timing to try them out.
Sister restaurant to Sloppy Hoggs, they’re pretty much next door neighbours (you’ll spot The Dog slightly east of Sloppy Hoggs). It has a couple tables set up outside, which is perfect for some patio sitting. We went on a beautiful, sunny Wednesday for lunch and of course, took advantage and sat outside. I really dig the setup as the tables are in shady areas and have umbrellas for the ones that are out in the sun.
The menu is straightforward – signature city dogs, sausages, appetizers, salad and fries/poutine. All their dogs are beef or mixed beef/pork but don’t fret, you can still eat here if your vegetarian as they have tofuturkey and falafels available. What caught my eye on the menu was the specials but sadly they’re only available after 4pm.
Daily specials include:
Tuesday (5pm to close) – buy 1 dog, get 2nd dog 50% off
Wednesday (4pm to close) – City dog, float and fries = $10.00
Thursday (5pm to close) – any City dog includes free fries
Friday and Saturday (all day) – City dog, fries and a pint = $12.00
Sunday (all day) – 10% off poutine
Fried dill pickles ($6.00), slider dogs ($8.00) and falafel ($10.00)
Deep fried dill pickle spears with a side of creamy cucumber sauce. They were lightly fried on the outside and had a nice crunchy bite to them. I ordered the Slider dogs as it seemed like the best way to sample a few of their signature dogs. From left to right, the dog’s were the New York, Coney Island and Seattle. The New York had onions and yellow mustard on top. Coney Island consisted of beef chili, cheddar cheese, diced onion and yellow mustard. Seattle had cream cheese and caramelized onions. I found all three to be pretty simplistic and ordinary. Not much to get excited about.
My friend A ordered the falafel dog which came with lettuce, avocado, kimchi, sesame sauce and fresh mint leaves. Interesting choice of toppings with the kimchi and mint leaves. A bit of an Asian twist to the falafel. I didn’t have a taste but she really liked it.
Verdict? A couple other bloggers were comparing It’Dog to The Dog. Which is better? Truthfully, both are pretty average in my books. I don’t get the hype on gourmet dogs but that might be just me. I’d like to come back to try one of their specials (Wednesday looks the best) but I won’t be rushing back anytime soon. Apparently, there is a takeout special ($20.00 for four hot dogs and coleslaw). Too bad you can’t get that when you stay to eat…
9567 – 118 Avenue