As part of our "healthy lifestyle", JS and I went to DougieDog to check out some hot dogs. ;)
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Well, DougieDog has been on our radar ever since we heard about it from Mel of Gourmet Fury.
When we found out that these were higher-quality dogs than what are usually available on the street, we were raring to go.
Of course, with procrastination, of which we are masters, we haven't gone until now.
There it is. I like how that hot dog is putting ketchup on itself while licking its lips.
I had perused the menu prior to going to the location -- in fact, I had perused it quite a few times over a couple of months -- and I knew I wanted to try the Chicago Dog. Although I'm not averse to ketchup in hot dog applications, I wanted to try eating one without ketchup.
The Chicago Dog has mustard, onion, tomato, neon green relish, pickle, Chicago sport peppers, celery salt, and a poppy seed bun.
The hot dog was good: it was not overly salty and it did not taste "processed" either. I liked the snap!
Perhaps my Chicago dog could have used a little bit more moisture, as the fresh tomatoes added a welcome juiciness to the hot dog experience. I liked the poppy seed bun as well, as it was very fresh. I was a tad afraid of the "neon green" relish, but it tasted like relish, so all is good.
JS and I also shared a bottle of rootbeer, this Stewart's brand. We liked it as it reminded us of the sarsaparilla flavor from the rootbeers from our childhood, Sarsi.
Coney Island Dog
From my first perusal of DougieDog's menu online, I knew that I wanted the Coney Island Dog. I mean, it's a chili dog! What's not to love.
And yes, it satisfied my chili dog desires.
I agree with JS, I would have to say that these hot dogs taste very fresh, not usually the adjective used to describe hot dogs. I also like the "snap."
vs. Japa Dog
Japa Dogs, left to right: Okonomi, Terimayo, Oroshi
Just for comparison, we had tried Japa Dog a couple of weeks before, and I felt that the Japa Dog dogs were not that great.
The bratwurst and the hot dogs used for the terimayo series were salty and tasted over-processed. The only real contender among their dogs is the Kurobota pork sausage.
I did like oroshi toppings, although I felt that the radish has been "rinsed" of all their radish-y, pungent flavour. I liked the cabbage topping, but there was too little of it and only in the middle of the hot dog.
I guess a Japa Dog experience is one of those "just gotta try it once and be done with it" experiences as I don't feel the need to return.
(We weren't even going to blog about them, but as JS has brought it up...)
Back to DougieDog...
The owner, Doug, was very friendly and came over to talk to us. He asked if we were bloggers, after catching TS taking the dogs outside for a quick camera shot. I answered "Yes, but we do not usually review restaurants."
I actually just brought along a camera so I could show people what we eat as part of a healthy lifestyle. ;)
I had a very good hot dog, one that I did not regret eating afterwards. This is definitely a place we'll go to for our hot dog cravings in the future.
1011 Granville Street, Vancouver BC Canada
Vancouver, BC Canada
Our take on a "japa dog"
Reviews of DougieDog:
Sherman's Food Adventures
I'm Only Here for the Food
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