This past week, I had the pleasure of eating at Destination Dogs for about the 1000th time, or so it seemed. Yash and I have eaten there at least once a month, dating back to our maiden voyage to the restaurant in the spring of our freshman year. It was love at first bite, and years later, it still tastes just as good as the first time.
This time, however, I went with my mom. With her in town for dinner, I could think of no better place to take her. Sorry for making you pay, Mom, but when I get a job someday, dinner’s on me!
After a particularly treacherous walk to the restaurant, thanks to some nasty winds outside that day, we were finally seated with our menus. Now, if you’ve ever eaten with me before, you’ve probably witnessed how much of a chore it is for me to order, and this trip was no different. But this is a menu unlike any other, so I was justified in taking forever.
On the left side of the menu are the “domestic dogs”, which are named after their respective locations. It’s got traditional beef hot dogs, like the Nicky Newarker, complete with onions, peppers, mustard and fried potatoes, but in addition to that, the menu also features many nonconventional dogs, such as one of my personal favorites, The Howlamo. It’s a wild boar sausage topped with pork belly, baconaisse (yes, bacon mayo), and scallions. Everything’s bigger in Texas!
The “international dogs” section on the menu is the real reason why we keep coming back for more. You can’t go wrong picking the Achilles Meal, which is a duck sausage covered in tzatziki, tomatoes, and shredded cabbage. If you’re feeling a little more exotic, perhaps the Bun Mi, a Vietnamese import, is the choice for you. It is a pork sausage with foi gras, pickled veggies, jalapenos, cilantro, and sriracha mayo. Flavors abound!
I’m all about expanding my horizons, so I decided to try two new dogs this time around. I got the Swede-Dreams dog, which, along with a Swedish meatball sausage, features mashed potatoes, gravy, and lingonberry jam. It was like Thanksgiving in a bun; all the flavors fused to create one delectable dog.
As Billy Mays used to say, “But wait…there’s more!”
I forgot to eat breakfast that day, so this dog was practically calling my name. The Paul Bunyan, a Minnesota import, has everything you want in a dog and then some. The breakfast sausage alone would have sufficed, but DD takes it one step further, by adding bacon, maple syrup, and a fried egg on top. Sure, it may give you a heart attack, but it is worth it. Life’s too short.
I’ve made it my goal to eat every dog on the menu in my college career. With a menu featuring 24 different dogs from around the world, this has proven to be an arduous task. So far, I have eaten 14 different types of hot dog, and each time, I have left Destination Dogs satisfied, even if I’ve had a few food babies along the way.
Quite frankly (pun intended), this is the best restaurant in town. I could talk about this place all day long, but I still couldn’t do it justice. See for yourself what all the hype is about, and go to Destination Dogs! You can thank me later.