One of my girlfriends absolutely loves hot dogs. So after visiting Japadog with her not too many months ago, I mentioned that Dougiedog was another more recently opened hot dog restaurant we should try together, located in the heart of the Entertainment District on Granville Street. Dougiedog is known for their all-natural hot dogs made from hormone-free meat raised in the Fraser Valley, homemade sides, and root beer. It also appears to have a wall of fame with pictures of those enjoying their fare (like their prolific food cart competition a few blocks over).
When walking into their entrance a few weeks ago, I looked up at the menu boards on the side walls and over the front order counter, and was impressed with the variety of dogs they had available.
It took me a little while to choose something, but I ended up going for something a little more Asian (as per usual), from the Specialty Premium Dogs menu.
My choice was the Seoul Dog, a Korean option, loaded with Korean BBQ beef, lots of spicy kimchi, sesame, and topped with pickled cucumber. I ended up going with the combo, which includes either a side of yam fries, mac n’ cheese, or chili, and a root beer to drink The wiener itself was long and slimmer than I thought it would be (insert dirty joke here), and had the appearance of more of a European wiener than a regular hot dog or smokie. I did quite like the flavours of what I chose, and thought it was a decent alternative to regular street meat fare that you can find in Vancouver.
The Yam Fries themselves were also very tasty – served piping hot and crispy, with a side of chipotle mayo. There was some sort of salty secret flavouring coating these as well, and I would easily stop by to grab them for a quick carb-heavy snack (perfect at 2 am, perhaps).
I downed this all with a bottle of Bull Dog Root Beer, one of their ten varieties available. Out of all types of soda, root beer is one of my favourites, and this was no exception as I found it to not be overly sweet.
On the other hand, my girlfriend tried the Bacon Chili Cheese Dog, and was quite disappointed. She was hoping for a bit more punch in the chili, by way of spice, but found it to just be bland. Also, the cheese was not melted all that well, and to top it off, she’s not a fan of European style wieners (which is what this hot dog reminder her of and I mentioned earlier). Unfortunately, she said she wouldn’t order this option again, and gave it low marks overall. Luckily, she also enjoyed the yam fries and was able to dig into those a bit as well.
Overall, I thought that Dougiedog was pretty good – if you don’t mind the wieners they serve. They are of course a bit more expensive than the plain hot dogs sold at food stalls throughout the city, but of course, you’re getting a larger and more unique variety of options to choose from, and an all-natural alternative (no feet and brains, hopefully)! A good alternative, and yes, they’re open late until 4 am and deliver downtown!
Service: (super friendly staff!)