Dawg House – A Hot Dog Education [closed]
Dawg House is located at 7504 N. May Ave in Oklahoma City (map).
PLEASE NOTE: Dawg House is no longer in business.
Ever really craved a hot dog? You know, a real hot dog, like you would get at the carnival, or ballpark, or that hot dog you remember from your childhood? I do. In fact, I get so desperate sometimes that I hop from gas station to gas station hoping to find one on rollers that hasn’t been cooking for two weeks, or at least, isn’t green. Thankfully, for the sake of my lower intestine, there is a new dawg in town!
Hot dog’s have a rich history that spans many culture’s. Germany, which has introduced us to some of the worlds finest meat products and sauces, introduced to the world the frankfurter, or is that “introduced the frankfurter to the World?” Whatever the proper wording, the hot dog was born back in the 15th century and has pleased the masses ever since. It wasn’t until an innovative German entrepreneur paired these “franks” up with buns to make quick sandwiches to peddle on the streets of New York in the mid to late 1800′s that the actual hot dog was born. Ever since, hot dogs, and the proper ways to consume them, have been richly debated. How should you eat your dog? Ketchup, mustard, sauerkraut, boiled, grilled, steamed, blended up in a meaty shake? People eat hot dogs every which way and believe their way is the only way. Luckily, the Dawg House has come to Oklahoma City to teach us about hot dogs, and how to eat them.
When you first walk in to the Dawg House they will ask if you have ever eaten there before. They then proceed to describe the different types of hot dogs and how they should be eaten. As a salesman, I appreciate a place taking control of the ordering process immediately and teaching you what you need to know to have an amazing experience. They have the Nathan’s Famous dogs (and will be quick to let you know the difference between these Nathan’s and the ones you find in the anemic Oklahoma City grocery stores), real German-style bratwursts flown in from Wisconsin, hot links, and other varieties of sausage. Get them decorated with kraut, mustard, ketchup, have them on buns or toasted hoagies, and pair them with a bag of chips and a can of Dr. Pepper. Its hard to find a better place for a quick lunch. Speaking of bratwursts, have I mentioned before that Oklahoma City’s pathetic excuses for grocery stores only sell the coarse ground “sausagy” style brats, not the smooth textured European style that you can find at the Dawg House or Oma’s Pantry.
Another thing I appreciate about the Dawg House is that the owner is more than happy to educate you on each selection that you choose so that your choice is truly a masterpiece you will enjoy. For instance, say you can’t decide between the Dusseldorf mustard and the spicier horseradish mustard, he will bring out a couple spoons and allow you to sample each just as you would if you were sampling fine wine. There is just something American about having a serious, perhaps even too serious, conversation about different types of hot dogs and mustard. I mean, heck, if you are going to be burping up hot dog burps all afternoon you might as well have a great time eating it. I ate there with 4 other guys and found that we were able to have a 30 minute conversation about hot dogs and condiments. What a great lunch!
I applaud a place that can take an ingredient like a hot dog, and really make it an art. Hot dogs may have come from Germany, but they have become as American as…uh…pizza. I can’t imagine going to a football game without having a hot dog. I can’t imagine July 4th without Kobayashi downing 50 dogs. And now, with the Dawg House in town, I can’t imagine ever going to a gas station for a hot dog fix again.