It felt like my old days as the Chow Hound. I’m back in the Doghouse.
This is little more than indoor hot dog stand. In fact, it shares a space with an ice cream shop called The Soda Fountain.
The Doghouse’s tagline is Crazy Dogs + Loaded Tots. That doesn’t mean tipsy children, although that would go a long way in explaining what made the dogs crazy.
And to be frank (ahem), the hots dogs aren’t really that wild. I had the Buffalo Dog, which consisted of a beef wiener doused with the sort of hot sauce you’d find of Buffalo wings and a heavy crumbling of blue cheese. A good dog — good boy; sit — but better in the final bites when the cheese had started to melt a bit.
The tots, of course, are the totted potatoes that are all the rage with the drunken kids these days. Actually they’re the rage of restaurant owners who like the idea of charging $3.95 for an order of little balls of shredded potatoes mixed with onions and flour. Ka-ching.
I had the Salt and Vinegar Tots, which had a lot more vinegar than salt. I still don’t get the allure, but as totted taters go, these were fine.
It’s a quick serve operation. Place your order at the counter and pay, then wait for your food to be delivered. And here the emphasis is on the quick part. It only takes a few seconds for your toppings to be ladled on and handed over.
Like I said, an indoor hot dog stand.
The Doghouse is at 2727 Edgewater Drive, Orlando. It is open for lunch and dinner daily. The phone number is 407-412-5409.