Update: I had to take the cat to the vet today and his office just happens to be right across from Crif Dogs and I hadn't had lunch yet, so... I poked my head in to see if it was okay for me to bring in her inside with the carrier and the counter girl couldn't have been nicer. We got talking about out pets after I put in my order for a chili dog and a side of tater tots to go. She said the "Crif Dog" is used in a lot of their dog selections and it's a smoked hot dog that is deep fried. Here are some pics:
The menu. As you can see, they cater to those who are members of the "counter-culture". I had to throw a small post-it nub over some potentially offending language on the menu so I could post it here. Check out the "Stoner Packs". The menu really does give a sense of their variety and attitude. They also offer RC Cola, Red Birch Beer and Stewarts Root Beer. Very nice.
Another shot of the menu that highlights their attitude.
A magnet that they gave me.
My tater tots. These were really good. They weren't crispy (probably because of the travel to the apartment), but they were delicious and all stuck together like some kind of starchy, potatoey "strufoli". There was some grease, but just at the bottom and I loved these, no ketchup needed.
My chili dog with onions, mustard and chili. I think they make their own chili there and it gad a great meaty flavor to it.
Another shot of my chili dog with the dog exposed. Can you see the gnarled sexiness of the deep fried dog? It looks like the ones I've seen in the Rutt's Hut photos (a "ripper") here on the site.
I really love this place!