One of my favorite places to grab a bite to eat during mine and J’s weekly date day is Good Dog on Northshore. I’m not sure if it’s the fun menu- seriously, gourmet hot dogs?- the funky decor, or the fact that it just tastes pretty good. No matter what the reason is, whenever we’re not feeling adventurous enough to try out a new place, Good Dog is our safe bet. They’re gluten-free, vegan, and vegetarian friendly, so there’s something on the menu for everyone.
We go to Good Dog a lot, so we’ve picked up one of their reward cards to save up for free drinks, free fries, or even a free Good Dog Made Fresh sausage! Other than filling up our rewards quicker than other people might, the guys behind the counter know us now. They’re already getting out the gluten free buns when we walk in the door at this point.
This week, we decided to try something different. J got the Dutch Frite Dog, which was loaded with fresh frites, fritesaus, and onions. I got the BLT dog on a gluten-free bun. It has tomato, arugula, and bacon along with mayo. We also split a small order of frites. I know, you’re thinking one hot dog and half an order of fries apiece is totally not enough, but you would be wrong! I’m not sure if it’s the toppings or what, but after a hot dog and some fries, I’m always stuffed. It’s the perfect amount of food for lunch.
Other than hot dogs and sausages, Good Dog offers meal frites, which is a cone of fries layered with toppings. They also have a few sides, such as baked beans, potato salad, slaw, salad, and tomato soup. You can round off your meal with soda, Velo coffee (locally roasted!), or a selection of beers- both canned and bottled. They even have a gluten free beer, although the guy behind the counter advised me against it. “It doesn’t taste bad,” he said, “but it’s only like 3% alcohol. Might as well have an O’Doule’s.”
Anyway. So, when you walk in to Good Dog, you order at the counter, then sit down and wait for them to bring you the food. It’s always piping hot when they bring it to you, but since it’s made to order, you may have a bit of a wait, especially if it’s busy. While you’re at the table waiting, you may notice a variety of ketchups sitting on your table. They’re housemade! Along with traditional ketchup, Good Dog also offers Curry Ketchup, Wasabi Ketchup, and a Honey Mustard sauce. If none of those strike your fancy, you can grab some fritesaus from a shelf loaded down with hot sauces, malt vinegar, and other sauces that you might happen to need. Fritesaus is essentially a fancy European mayo for fries, and dang, is it good.
Actually, all of their sauces are good. So good, in fact, that you can usually buy them by the bottle for all your homemade fries and hot dogs. You can also order Good Dog shirts, boxers, and bumper stickers. I bought a bumper sticker for my car the last time we were there.
Good Dog has something for everyone, which is surprising from what is essentially a fancy hot dog joint. It will surprise even your most diehard hot dog haters, and I know, because I used to be among them. If you’re looking for a quick lunch on Northshore, consider checking out Good Dog for a quick bite or a picnic in the park.