Des Moines Dog House

Hot Dog
One of the best

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.

What to Eat
Des Moines Dog House, Doghouse Dog
Doghouse Dog
Move on, Chicagoans, there is nothing to see here! The Dog House Dog is a Nathan's 1/4-pound all-beef tube steak. One applies one's own condiments.
Des Moines Dog House, Chili Dog
Chili Dog
The chili dog arrives naked and requires a trip to the condiment bar, which is well stocked with everything from chili to pineapple chunks to sour pickles.
Des Moines Dog House, Bratwurst
The Bratwurst is a hearty blend of pork, herbs and spices.
Des Moines Dog House, Chicken Empanada
Chicken Empanada
Under new ownership, the Des Moines Dog House now serves a small selection of homemade and traditional Colombian food. The empanadas are crunchy and served with homemade salsa.
Des Moines Dog House, Onion Rings
Onion Rings
These crispy rings come in a huge heap, hot and fresh out of the fryer.
Directions and Hours
closed now
Sunday11am - 7pm
Monday11am - 7pm
Tuesday11am - 7pm
Wednesday11am - 7pm
Thursday11am - 7pm
Friday11am - 7pm
Saturday11am - 7pm
Open Year Round
Meals Served
Lunch, Dinner, Late Night
Credit Cards Accepted
Alcohol Served
Outdoor Seating

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