Mutt’s Amazing Hot Dogs: truly unique
Mutt's Amazing Hot Dogs
Chances are you’ve heard of Mutt’s Amazing Hot Dogs. If you haven’t heard of Mutt’s, you’ve likely heard of Mutt’s sister restaurant, Big Truck Tacos. If you haven’t heard of Big Truck Tacos … well, you’ve likely been living underground for awhile. For if restaurant popularity were gauged solely by number of Facebook fans, Big Truck Tacos, with nearly 19,000 presently, would likely be the most popular local restaurant in Oklahoma City.
And with this overwhelming wind of support at their backs, the folks at Big Truck Tacos have launched a new restaurant which, in my opinion, is one of the most unique restaurants in our fair city.
I’ve been to Mutt’s Amazing Hot Dogs about five times now in the past few weeks. This is pretty unusual for me. As a person who makes an ongoing effort to try new places, it’s rare for me invest so many meals at a single place in such a short amount of time. But Mutt’s keeps drawing me back. There’s so much on the menu I want to try. It’s the type of place you can keep visiting over and over and always try something new.
Plus, there’s good value to be found here. Sure, there are some specialty hot dogs with exotic meats and toppings (see below) that cost close to $10 each, but there’s also the “Best in Show,” where you have your choice of a beef, chicken, or falafel dog (that’s right, falafel!) on a very tasty, grilled artisan bun dressed up how you like it for $3 (see a pic). In my opinion, this is one of the best values in town. One hot dog each plus a generous side of fries for $2.50, and you’ve got dinner for two for less than $9.
Of course, if you’re up for spending a little more, the options are, quite literally, limitless. There are over ten “standard dogs” which all start with a beef frank dressed up in an incredible variety of ways. There are “stretch dogs” which use a longer, 10″ beef frank. And then there are nearly 15 “specialty dogs,” which are built on franks made from chicken, andouille sausage, wild boar sausage, spam, rabbit sausage, kobe beef, lamb sausage, bison, falafel, italian sausage, duck sausage … etc. At Mutt’s, dogs are prepared in just about every way imaginable from bacon-wrapped to chicken-fried, and they’re topped with some of the most creative concoctions you’ll find anywhere.
No, this is not your standard hot dog place. There’s nothing like it in Oklahoma City.
Now, since I’d never had a Kobe Beef dog before, and since it was one of the most expensive on the menu, I gave the Ardee Dog a try just to see how a $9 hot dog tastes. The Ardee is topped with truffle aioli, potato salad, blue cheese, and fried onions. It is truly something to behold (see a pic) and definitely a knife and fork type of hot dog.
The Ardee was good with a truly unique flavor combination and I really enjoyed it. But, to be honest, I don’t think I’d spend $9 on it again when there are so many other great options available for less. On the other hand, I highly recommend the Slum Dog for $5.50 (see a pic). The chicken dog used is quite spicy and filling and the curried cabbage with apple-sriracha aioli brings a flavor I truly enjoyed.
On the “standard dog” side of the menu, I’ve enjoyed everything I’ve tried. The S’noran ($6 – see a pic) offers a bacon-wrapped beef frank with cheddar-jack cheese, pico de gallo, mayo, chipotle ketchup, pinto beans, sliced avocado, and mustard. Great flavors and beautifully presented. The Windy City ($4.50 – see a pic) is an excellent Chicago-style classic, and The Pitbull ($4.50 – see a pic) is definitely the hottest hot dog I’ve ever eaten with serrano, habanero, jalepeno and poblano peppers, onion, cilantro-lime aioli, and pepper jack cheese. Yes, it is very, very hot. Consider yourself warned.
When I first heard about Mutt’s opening, I read an article indicating they would be serving some house-made franks. But in talking with one of the owners on opening night, I found this is not true. At least for now, the franks are being sourced. Honestly, when I first saw their menu, I couldn’t imagine how they could possibly make all of those franks in-house, so this makes much more sense. However, I was told they do have the equipment needed to make their own and there may be some house-made specials in their future. I look forward to seeing if that comes to pass as it could become a pretty exceptional treat.
In addition to the vast selection of hot dogs, Mutt’s offers a good line up of side orders as well. I was really excited to try their Duck Fat Fries ($5 – see a pic) to see how they compared to regular fries. My opinion — I prefer the regular fries, especially since they cost half as much. At $2.50 and sized to share, Mutt’s regular fries are excellent (especially enjoyed the bit of sea salt sprinkled on) and I appreciate that they truly are sized for two people. Again, a great value. The duck fat version was fine, but I didn’t feel it warranted the extra $2.50.
I really enjoyed the fried pickles ($4 – see a pic), which in Mutt’s case are pickle spears, not slices. They come six to an order which is enough to share with two or three. Other sides include Deviled Eggs, Red Skinned Potato Salad, Baked Beans, Cole Slaw, Chili, and Veggie Chili.
When a place has such an extensive menu, it’s hard to do it justice in a short review, but suffice it to say I have been really impressed with Mutt’s. I always enjoy something unique and Mutt’s has that nailed. But beyond that, I feel they’ve done a great job creating a balanced menu which offers some great value options as well as some opportunities to splurge. This makes it a very easy place to visit again and again, knowing that you don’t have to break the bank to try something truly unique to Oklahoma City.
Have you been to Mutt’s? Please tell us what you’ve tried and what you think in the comments below.
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