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First Bite: DIY dogs at Hot Rod Dog on Tacoma Ave

Pictured here, a Chicago style DIY dog I made at Hot Rod Dog. Mustard, relish, onions, a pickle spear and celery salt (MIA: poppy seed bun, sport peppers, tomato slice).

Two things I like about a walk-in spot like Hot Rod Dog:

1. A DIY condiment bar that lets dog lovers load up on onions, mustard, relish, pickles, peppers, etc. etc. etc. It’s fast service eating, and customized all you want. In and out in five minutes, even if there’s a line? I’m a fan.

2. Great dogs. And when I say great, I mean deep-down delicious (no fatty fillers!). Blue Max Sausage Co. in Puyallup is responsible for those delectable smoked sausages.

Hot Rod Dog opened its second outpost last month, which I wrote about here.

Lines can spill out the door when it gets busy, but it moves fast. A table and a few chairs are out front, but all that’s inside is a counter for noshing. But hot dogs are walking around food, so who needs a table, right? Read more »


Hot Rod Dog opens on Tacoma Ave

Pictured here is Tom Irick at the original Hot Rod Dog location on Pacific Avenue. The restaurant opened in 2005. A new Hot Rod Dog opened on Tacoma Avenue yesterday. Staff photo.

A second Hot Rod Dog opened yesterday at 1103 Tacoma Ave. S. And in about a month, the owners of Hot Rod Dog will have one more restaurant to add to their collection – the SideBar Bistro. Its owners say the legal-themed bistro will cater to the nearby courthouse employees at the County-City Building. Read more »