Last week, I met fellow Roadfooder Kenny Joe
at Dormont Dogs. Very clever name for a hot dog place in Dormont!
The first hint that this isn't a typical hot dog place should have ben that the owner used to be executive chef at Sonoma Grille, one of my favorite high end downtown restaurants.
The outside of the place is brightly colored.
That is Kenny Joe
and his lovely wife Susan sitting across from my girlfriend Mariton and her daughter Emilou.
You can get standard hot dogs or chili dogs here, but the menu has so many interesting combinations of toppings available, it would be a shame not to try some of them. Mariton, a hot dog frowner, went for the Bruschetta Dog,
listed as being topped with, tomatoes marinated in olive oil and basil, creamy pesto and parmesan. Emilou ate The Dog Father,
topped with pepperoni, salami, mozzarella, romaine, banana peppers and Italian vinaigrette. Both of them were probably more impressed by the aesthetic nature of the food than the dog itself, but still enjoyed it.
I went for the Rueben dog,
covered with Swiss cheese, sauerkraut and Thousand Island dressing. Though not as attractive as the others, it was delicious!
Obviously, I'm not just a one hot dog guy, so I also ordered a Mississippi dog, which comes with chili, mustard and cole slaw. But, they made a mistake and gave me a Texas dog instead.
This is topped with chili, cheddar cheese, sour cream and Fritos. Another winner!
Unfortunately, I can't remember which dogs Kenny and Susan ordered, but here they are.
I can tell you that the one with the ketchup and relish was another mistake. Since Susan didn't want it, I ate that one, too.
I also don't remember what kind of wiener Dormont Dogs uses, but it was a high quality dog. The nice, fresh buns come from Kribels Bakery in Brookline.
It was a real pleasure to meet Kenny Joe
and Susan. They are very personable and easy to talk to. We have discussed meeting again in the future, with Lo Bello's Spaghetti House a likely destination.