Milwaukee's best hot dog, 2009: The Dogg Haus
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You might think it's just an American favorite but at The Dogg Haus, you can take a culinary trip around the world all on the hot dog bun.
Grilling Vienna Beef links on poppy seed buns, you can choose from the Tex-Mex (salsa, cheddar cheese, sour cream and jalapenos), Berlin's Best (sauerkraut, onions and mustard), The Hollywood (nacho cheese and jalapenos) or the Atlantic City (sauerkraut, onions, mustard and relish).
Not only is there a choice of toppings, but The Dogg Haus plates up a selection of dogs, as well. There's the classic Vienna Beef, spicy Atomic Dog or a ¼-lb. Doggfather. Yes, they offer Italian and Polish sausages but there's something tried and true about the traditional hot dog that just can't be beat.
If you'd prefer to skip the beef, opt for a meatless vegetarian version still available with your choice of international preparations. Open until midnight on weekdays and 2 a.m. on weekends, you can grab a Dogg Haus dog as a snack, dinner or late-night eats.
OnMilwaukee.com editor's choice: Sammy's Taste of Chicago
2. Sammy's Taste of Chicago
3. Miller Park
5. Old German Beer Hall
6. Milwaukee Brat House
8. Café Hollander
9. House of Frank N Stein
10. Karl Ratzsch's
12. Jake's Deli
15. Real Chili
18. Judy's Red Hots
19. Real Dogs
Martino's is yet another overrated, substandard restaurant in Milwaukee. Couple of weeks ago I ordered lunch (not to go, important part as you'll see later) and decided to go for the corned beef sandwich special of the day. No price posted, I also ordered fries and a fountain drink -- $12!!!. There were two other tables with patrons already eating and another customer ahead of me waiting for his food. When my number was called I went to pick it up and the old man serving insisted that I go back to my table and pick up my receipt to confirm that I was the actual beneficiary of what turned out to be 4 oz. of deli meat slapped on two slices of bread with Thousand Island sauce. My business attire apparently could not convince him that I was not simply sneaking in the restaurant and stealing someone else's order to consume on premises. FOOD WAS NASTY CUSTOMER SERVICE COMPLETELY LACKING AND LET'S BE HONEST, NOT THE CLEANEST PLACE IN TOWN.
Give me a Sabrett hot dog anyday! Martino's is fantastic though. Quality dogs and a great selection.
Chili cheese dogs at 2:00 am are fantastic. Say hi to Kenny, the Dogg Haus bouncer.
ornges: I am guessing you didn't make it out of grammar school as reading comprehension has seemed to lost on you. I said "The thing that sucks about The Dogg Haus is they don't wrap the fries with the hot dogs and charge you extra unlike most stands (ie Martino's)." This was not a reflection on quality of hot dogs at the Dogg Haus which are very good, but I am Chicago dog fan. And to me fries should be wrapped in with the hot dogs like they are at Martino's and most shops in Chicago. By the way, I have multiple college degrees.
Dogg Haus dogs are just O.k. at a premium price. For a Chicago style dog nobody beats Martinos. For chili dogs Coney Island on 5th & National blows them all away and has been doing so for more than 50 years! THAT'S RIGHT CONEY ISLAND!! 5 th & National! GO GET ONE!
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