I drove 100 miles for these hot dogs. 200 if you count round trip miles. It can be said that I am a hot dog fanatic. My husband keeps making Patty Duke show references at me that I don't get about "hot dogs make her lose control". They very nearly do. I could eat one almost any day, any time. I'm not terribly picky either. So during a search I found out about this place. When we went up tonight I was happy to see it was SO close to my favorite gallery. Hawk Gallery does a lot of great exhibitions and specializes in Dale Chihuly pieces. Stop in sometime. Now onto the dogs!
In this photo above you are seeing the Whoa Nellie! ($3.50 which is a Vienna Beef dog with beef brisket and BBQ sauce on the right. Pat says it was pretty tasty with a good combo of flavors. In the middle you are seeing the fries with cheese and bacon ($3.50).Pat says they are the best part of the meal. He could tell they were hand-cut and double fried so they were crisp on the outside and soft on the inside. This was not melted cheese but a cheese sauce but the real bacon made it all work. On the right you are seeing the Doginator ($5.00) bacon-wrapped dog topped with beef brisket, BBQ sauce, cheddar, and onion rings. Pat says it was good, not the best, it could have used more cheese. Pat thinks that onion straws might have been better than onion rings.
In the photo above you are seeing a half eaten Texas Tommy which is a bacon-wrapped dog stuffed with cheese($3.50), fried leeks ($2.50) in the middle and a Chicago hot dog (if you don't know it's: Fresh tomatoes, diced onions, Vienna® Sport Peppers, pickle relish, dill pickle, yellow mustard, and a dash of celery salt)($3.00) on the right. Chicago dog was good, a little soggy for me due to the tomato. But just what you'd expect from a Chicago style hot dog. The Texas Tommy was great! Simple and not overpowering. For a dog covered in bacon and then stuffed with cheese, that is.
Above here is are the Funnel Fries ($4.00). Funnel cake fries with powdered sugar! So tasty and not greasy.
The place seemed to be a haven for hipsters, which admittedly I am not. Still I didn't feel out of place. The service was spotty however everyone was nice and it seemed to be lackluster due to it being so packed. We had a minor issue with our orders but it was quickly corrected. Next time I go I will try one of the many local beers that they offer and I am interested to see what my vegan friends have to think as many of the menu items can be prepared vegan-friendly. Although it's a 200 mile round trip I guess that means I have to find more stuff to do in Columbus. My 7 year refusal to go with my husband to the Columbus Guitar Show is officially over.