From the trio of minds that brought us Big Truck Tacos comes a new culinary adventure steeped in Americana, Mutt’s Amazing Hot Dogs. Mutt’s has a dog to fit any craving, from Mexican to Asian to many forms of wild game. One side of their menu has traditional hot dogs that are anything but, and the reverse side has something for the truly adventurous, with sausages made from wild boar, duck, rabbit, lamb, and more.
Before opening, the Mutt’s team did its homework, and has theme-dogs based on locations and foods from around the country and the globe. For tastes closer to home, they have the Windy City, a traditional Chicago style hot dog; and the Primanti, a hot dog based on the sandwiches of the famous Primanti Bothers restaurants in Pittsburg topped with coleslaw, french fries, provolone, and the mysterious pink sauce; or the S’noran, a full helping of Southwest culinary treats in every bite with a hot dog wrapped in bacon and covered with shredded cheese, pinto beans, pico de gallo, avocado, and a chipotle ketchup that should not be missed; a Philly dog, and many more.
For those of you that are so jaded by the delights of food as to need something more adventurous than those options, they have fare from abroad, such as the Maui Waui, a spam dog made with pineapple relish and teriyaki sauce; the Ardee dog with Kobe beef, bleu cheese, and potato salad; The Apollo, a lamb dog with greek toppings akin to a gyro; and my favorite, the Slum dog made with curried cabbage, apple, and sriracha on a chicken dog. They also have wild game dogs such as the Hogs Gone Wild, wild boar with a cherry cream cheese on a mix of arugula pesto and onions; the Jack Russel, a rabbit dog with gouda, tarragon mustard, and aromatic vegetables; or the Pond dog, a duck sausage with apples, onions, brie cheese, and balsamic.
I could go on all day about their menu and still miss a few things, but I will tell you that my go to’s here are the Slum Dog, the S’noran, and the Hair of the Dog, made with breakfast sausage, french fries, bloody mary ketchup, and your choice of scrambled or fried eggs. Most of all though, I would be remiss in ignoring the their ever so decadent Duck Fat fries, inspired by those made at Hot Doug’s in Chicago. While the regular fries here taste just fine, the Duck Fat fries are amazing, and have the option of being doused in truffle oil, which I also recommend. These are rich and the basket is big so I also suggest sharing with friends. Coming to Mutt’s is a challenge for me because I almost can’t help myself from eating off of everyone else’s plate, I want to try everything every time. They also serve specialty sodas by the bottle along with regular fountain drinks, and have a pretty wide beer selection to match their wide array of hot dogs.
When ordering, one thing to watch is the prices. With such a varied list of ingredients and specialty items, the prices can vary wildly from four to nine dollars per hot dog, and I can rack up a hefty bill pretty quick. I’m fine with that, but I know some of you are not, so keep an eye on it. There are also some kid friendly treats on the menu so be sure to bring them along and order a Frisbee, an open-faced fried bologna sandwich on texas toast; or the Thunderbolt, the only ten inch corn dog around. Also, if hot dogs and sausages just aren’t your thing, they have implemented a new Make Mine A Burger option, allowing you to have any set of toppings on a grass-fed, locally raised beef patty. Mutt’s also runs daily special all week long, and has specialty days, such as grilled cheese monday (in the colder months); TV Dinner Tuesdays, with home-made comfort food and classic tv shows; burger Thursdays with a new special burger each week focusing on local ingredients; and keep an eye out for Poutine days where you can stop in for a real original from up North without having to sing the Canadian National Anthem. To keep up with the specials every day of the week, “friend” Mutt’s on facebook–they do a great job of keeping their page updated with all the dishes they’re serving up.
This is hot dogs done right, mostly by covering the taste of the hot dogs with delicious toppings. This is another place I can keep going back to, not because of any one dish, but because they have so many good options that I could go every day of the month and still try something different every time, knowing that I will enjoy it. Mutt’s gets busy in the morning, stays busy through lunch, and is generally a pretty packed placed until close to closing time, much like its sister restaurant Big Truck.
The two chefs who do all the recipe design work are both well-known in OKC, having worked at many of the fancier restaurants in town serving as executive chefs for places like Deep Fork Grill, Boulevard Steakhouse, and Mezzaluna in Austin, Texas, as well as serving under other head chefs that have gone on to make impacts both locally and nationally. They know their stuff, so I know that I can rely on them to keep coming up with great new food. Owner Chris Lower has had a hand in many of Oklahoma City’s best known restaurants like Earl’s, Irma’s, and along with renowned chef Kurt Fleischfresser opened The Coach House and Metro Bar and Bistro. Executive Chef’s and part owners Cally Johnson and Kathryn Mathis have also tied for the Oklahoma City Chef’s Choice award two years in a row, tieing with Executive Chef Ryan Parrott of Iguana Grill. Check out all of their fine work at www.mutts-hot-dogs.com