The Des Moines Dog House is nestled in the quaint waterside downtown of Des Moines, Washington. Just off the main drag, the little hut boasts neon signs and loud ketchup-red and mustard-yellow colors to welcome prospective dog eaters. The dog-themed (canine, that is) indoor eating area is tiny and lined with bar stools, but the outdoor deck is more spacious and has a relaxed neighborhood atmosphere.
This small local favorite came under new ownership in 2014. It serves the same dogs for which it has been known, plus a small selection of traditional Colombian fare. My family and I sampled three of the hot dogs and the chicken empanadas on a sunny Monday evening at this cute spot. The Nathan’s kosher dogs are good quality, juicy, and fresh, and the empanadas golden and crunchy, served with homemade green salsa. Curiously, the chili dog arrives naked, and requires a trip to the condiment bar to load it up with meaty homemade chili, onions, and cheese. The bratwurst is a hearty blend of pork, spices, and herbs. We also ordered french fries (which turned out to be of the crinkle variety) and onion rings. Both sides come in very generous portions, fresh out of the fryer.
This is a wonderful little spot to visit if you’re in search of delicious hot dogs in a cheerful, comfortable environment.