Dogtown Dogs All Beef Gourmet Hot Dogs prove it was only a matter of time before the Truck replaced the Cart.
- the creamy Basil Aioli and crispy Fried Onion Strips steal the show in the All Beef California Dog with Arugula, Avocado, Tomatoes & Lite Vinaigrette
- light 'n fresh All Beef Dogtown Dog with Whole Grain Mustard, crisp Fennel Slaw & Roasted Red Peppers
- crispy, not too greasy, organic Tater Tots
Happy Food Truck Friday people – for this post, I'm keepin' it short 'n savory.
Yesterday was a bright and sunny day on the Miracle Mile. I was meeting my friend Jason (originally from LA) who was visiting from his new home in DC for a Food Truck lunch. He's new to the scene, so when he rolled up with his credit card to pay, I just about fell over (cash only, hello!) While I dined on a different truck – review to come soon – I had a few bites of his Dogtown Dogs and was thoroughly impressed. (And why wouldn't I be since head chef Ryan Bailey hails from Ma'Kai Restaurant & Lounge, Patina Group, Spago, Sona Restaurant, and Le Cordon Bleu)
The California Dog ($6) is All Beef and we both agreed tasted very light without giving us that heavy & greasy, "I can't believe I just ate a hot dog" feel. The creamy Basil Aioli definitely gives a burst of herby gourmet flavor you never experienced before on a hot dog, especially mixed with the crispy, thin Fried Onion Rings (I could eat these all day), peppery Arugula, and fresh Tomato Strips. I'd definitely order this one again, and again.
The Dogtown Dog ($5) – also All Beef – I thought was not as bold in flavor as the California Dog, but if a light lunch is what you're going for this dog's the one. The cool Fennel Slaw gives the dog a fresh crunch, and the Roasted Red Peppers add an element of sweetness, while the Whole Grain Mustard gives it some tang.
I did not get a chance to sample the Tater Tots that the hot dogs came with, but Jason said they were light, crispy, not too greasy, and everything was organic which was a plus!
Dogtown Dogs also serves 4 other gourmet hot dogs, including the Morning Dog – wrapped in Bacon of course – and topped with a Fried Egg, the Trailer Trash Dog topped with Beef Chili, Nacho Cheese & Fritos, and a Vegetarian Portabello Cheese Steak Dog with a Soy Hot Dog, Portabello Mushrooms, melted Swiss Cheese, Peppers & Onions.
In the words of Randy Jackson from American Idol, go get it, "Dawg."