Doghouzz lets you top your hot dogs as you choose and the mac and cheese shown on the right is just dog-gone delicious.
Doghouzz has opened at Crosstown. The new restaurant serves – you get one guess – hot dogs and soon will have a robust selection behind the bar to wet your whistle while you whet your appetite.
The new place is at 1349 Autumn, facing the garage at Crosstown Concourse. The space is industrial and large, with a bar down the west wall that serves beer now and should be pouring whiskey and more inside of a week or two, and a scattering of tables through the center and along the other walls.
You get the menu – laminated and with a Sharpie for checking off your choices – then build your own. You pick your dog for $5 – Hebrew National All-Beef Frank (the big fat ones), andouille, or a vegan braised carrot. Next it’s the bun, plain or poppy seed, and the condiments, which are mustard, ketchup (sigh), mayonnaise (I know), barbecue (oh, just call it bark-b-q, because you know you want to), sriracha mayo, 1000 Island, Doghouzz sauce and relish.
Next you pick your toppings from onions, peppers, tomatoes, pickles, cheese, chili, sauerkraut, bacon, avocado and so on, which are 50 cents to $1. Sides are $1 for chips or pork rinds and $2 for chili, pinto beans, cucumber salad, potato salad, cole slaw or mac and cheese.
Let’s heel at the mac and cheese. This is some mighty tasty stuff and I love the technique. The mac and cheese is thick – the gooey but not wet kind, which is what I like. Before it’s served, a portion is given a sear on the flat top before it’s put in a serving cup and stirred, so you get bits of caramelized, chewy cheese throughout. It was fabulous; I was mutts about it.
We went with an order of andouille nachos, because it was the special of the day and well, hot dog nachos aren’t something you see every day. It was as expected, or at least as described, as most of us haven’t set expectations for such things. A basket of tortilla chips was covered with melted cheese sauce, pinto beans, chopped onion and tomato, slices of andouille and jalapeno peppers.
We also tried dogs (Hebrew National – we’ll save the carrot for another day) with sauerkraut, onion and mustard and one with chili and cheese. The former was roughly New York-style and good, but look, I went in search of a Chicago-style hot dog, pictured on the Doghouzz Facebook page, and I want one.
I’d like to see specialty dogs on the menu that you can order already topped, but I would’ve built my own Chicago dog. Alas, it was im-paws-ible as they didn’t have the toppings. The people there could not be nicer, so let’s get this worked out.
They have a good start with the poppy seed bun, and I can live with Hebrew National instead of a Vienna beef frank. I don’t care that they have ketchup on the menu, because no one needs to be a hot dog Nazi, but you have to have all the ingredients, including sport peppers, nuclear relish and celery salt, if you’re going to drag it through the garden. Everything else is already on hand: Yellow mustard, tomatoes, onion and dill pickle spears.
Please. We need this. Jimmy’s has been long closed and Wiseguys closed in DeSoto County last month; I don’t know where else to get a real Chicago dog and I’m counting on Doghouzz. Come on, folks. I’m just going to keep hounding you.
Doghouzz, 1349 Autumn, is open 11 a.m.-3 a.m. Monday through Saturday. Call 901-207-7770.