Short Leash Hot Dogs

Hot Dog
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Not your ordinary wieners! Not even ordinary buns. The hot dogs served at Short Leash come wrapped in naan breads, tortillas, or pretzel rolls. Condiments range from mango chutney and peanut butter to chipotle cream cheese and avocado sauce. The tube steaks themselves can be all-beef, chicken dogs, spicy-beer hots, brats, or meat-free.

It is possible to select a wiener and have it dolled up and bunned exactly as you like – you even can ask for a plain-Jane regular (beef and pork) frank topped with only yellow mustard; but the house signature dogs and premium dogs are intriguing enough to demand investigation. I first tackled one close to a classic – the Chili Dog, which is an all-beefer topped with vegetarian chili, grated cheddar cheese, and chopped raw onions. It’s a fine, snappy-skinned frank, its chili coat more cumin-flavored than fiery, a comfort-food selection cradled in a round of buttery naan bread.

For heat-seekers, I recommend the appropriately named Devil Dog, which comes adorned with roasted red peppers, green chilies, sautéed onions, sriracha sauce, melted cheddar cheese, and enough chopped-up jalapenos to clear sinuses. It also comes in a trough of naan bread, which in this case is a welcome fire-dampening agent for the tongue.

Want to sample something weird? Have a Sunny Dog. It is a chicken wiener topped with grilled fruit, a sheaf of prosciutto, goat cheese, honey, and peppery arugula. It adds up to a fascinating whirl of flavors that, for me, do not quite scratch the hot-dog itch, but satisfy hunger in a completely unexpected way.

Good side dishes include mild mac ‘n’ cheese with crunch to its breadcrumb top, thin French fries that arrive well-peppered and salted, and fried pickles that are a teeter-totter of sweet and sour inside their crisp coat.

There are a few indoor tables as well as a sunny adjoining patio to which the staff will bring your meal.

What to Eat
Short Leash Hot Dogs, Devil Dog
Devil Dog
Must-Try
Devilish diablo dog alongside fried pickles
Short Leash Hot Dogs, Fried Pickles
Fried Pickles
Must-Try
Fried pickles are dill, but curiously sweet.
Short Leash Hot Dogs, Chili Dog
Chili Dog
All-beef chili dog: comfort food with a cumin twist, perfumed by raw onions.
Short Leash Hot Dogs, Sunny Dog
Sunny Dog
Sunny Dog: chicken frank topped with prosciutto, goat cheese, grilled fruit, and arugula
Short Leash Hot Dogs, French Fries
French Fries
French fries are peppered and salted.
Short Leash Hot Dogs, Macaroni & Cheese
Macaroni & Cheese
Mac n cheese has a nice little crunch to its breadcrumb top.
Directions and Hours
closed now
Sunday8am - 3pm
Monday8am - 9pm
Tuesday8am - 9pm
Wednesday8am - 9pm
Thursday8am - 9pm
Friday8am - 9pm
Saturday8am - 9pm
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Price
$$
Seasons
Open Year Round
Meals Served
Lunch, Dinner
Credit Cards Accepted
Yes
Alcohol Served
Yes
Outdoor Seating
Yes
Website

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