Sunday, December 4, 2011

Hot Dog + Cold Beer = Happy Girl

According to their beer glass koozie—yes, that's right, a koozie for your beer glass—Dogz is the home of the 20 oz beer. A large, ice-cold, insulated beer is reason enough to make this popular Belmont Shore addition a favorite in my book, but a veggie dog seals the deal. As a pescaterian, I prepped myself for the worst-case scenario—a couple of beers and some sides—but hoped I would find a veggie dog. Jackpot! For a buck, you can upgrade your weenie to a veggie, 1/4 pound, kosher, turkey, or bacon-wrapped dog. Two bucks gets you the infamous Dodger Dog. I'm not sure which brand veg dog they use but, as veg dogs go, it's not bad. Toppings are key on a veggie dog, so I chose the one that the menu suggested was "dragged through the garden."  My friend Sarah will readily tell you, in a slight Midwestern accent, that no self-respecting Chicagoan would put ketchup on their hot dog. It borders on sacrilege. So I did Sarah proud and ordered The Windy City/Chicago Dog. No ketchup in sight. Instead it's topped with yellow mustard, bright green relish, fresh chopped onions, tomato wedges, a kosher pickle spear, sport peppers, and a dash of celery salt and served on a poppy seed bun. Delicious! For my dinner companion and food cohort, Jenn, it was mini corn dogs—the classic, miniaturized. We split an order of sweet potato tots, a little sweet for my taste but a welcome alternative to french fries. Their menu also includes specialty sausages, dog alternatives, and Mexican plates. But back to that glorious 20 oz beer glass...I filled mine with an IPA, from which I had three to choose: Stone, Racer 5, and Drifter.  Now, that's a beer selection! Don't panic if your beer doesn't come with a koozie, just request one. If you prefer a cocktail with your weenie, there is a full bar. If you prefer to eat a dog with your pet dog, bring your canine along. Dogz is a dog-friendly establishment. If you don't have a pooch of your own, ogle some of the local cuties pictured on the wall. Like many places on 2nd Street, Dogz fills up with the CSULB crowd as it gets later. Not your scene? Plan to skedaddle around 9pm. For great service, try to make it on a day when Taylor is serving. See you there!

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