Alright, here’s a little truth for you. I really didn’t want to like the hot dogs at Hot Dawg Stop. I looked at their menu and didn’t see anything that I thought I’d like. I’m not a big fan of hot dogs outside of the ones I can make at home. My friends and I sometimes get together and have dogs. Pico, homemade chili, bacon, etc. So, my expectations of a hot dog are pretty high. At Hot Dawg Stop, I was pleasantly surprised that they made a damn good dog. They earned my respect. I ordered the All American, the small one, and some fries along with it. The chili was good enough and the dog itself had a decent flavor. They put just enough mustard to give it the flavor, but not overpower everything. I’m not usually a mustard fan. The biggest complaint about the food was that the fries tasted freezer-burnt. They had that strange flavor that didn’t quite do it for me. The seasoning they added to them if you request the fries “cajun style” helps a bit, but didn’t mask the freezer-burn flavor.
I will say that my dog was relatively inexpensive, but I looked at their menu and did some math. The gentleman at the counter said his favorite was alligator dog. That comes to $8 and to add a combo is an extra $3. $11 seems like a lot to ask for a hot dog meal. I just wanted to mention this as an observation. I didn’t actually try the dog, so there’s a chance it might be worth the cost, but it just look expensive to me.
This might have been the cleanest restaurant I’ve ever eaten in. Seriously, nothing on the tables, nothing on the floors, and everything was dusted. I was really really impressed with how clean this place was. It was amazing. I can see why it was like this. The employees walked around the dining room multiple times wiping down the tables and other surfaces. It was really refreshing to see employees care about how clean it was. To top it off, the dining room was really well designed and had a great look to it. They certainly know how to tug at my heart strings, because they had a giant UL wall with all sorts of sports equipment, pictures, and other items with that beautiful vermillion red.
You could technically sit there and watch them make your meal, but it’s better to pay the cashier and go find a seat. They will bring it to you in a matter of minutes and will even come check on you. There really isn’t much to say about a place like this when it comes to the speed and pacing of a meal. As long as it doesn’t take too long to get out, it’s usually going to be a non-issue.
There isn’t table service in case you were wondering, but the employees did come visit my table to check on me at one point, which was nice. I’m pretty sure it’s because I went in the later afternoon and the place was dead, but it’s still a good sign that they care. The only real complaint I would have is that the gentleman making the dogs and taking the orders at the front of the line wasn’t the most friendly person. I wouldn’t consider him rude or anything, but he didn’t smile and wasn’t the nicest person. Please note, it didn’t really hurt my experience, but I feel like it could possibly bother someone else’s.
It’s not perfect, but it’s far better than I expected. I like Hot Dawg Stop and will definitely go there again. Now, the real question is who’s going to have the better dog once Dat Dog opens up? I’ll definitely be writing a post about that. Next time I visit, I’ll get the alligator dog so that I can try what is considered to be a favorite.