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Crawfish dogs? Alligator dogs? Duck dogs? Yep, at ‘Dat Dog’

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You’re never too old for a hot dog. The ones that turn the water and bread pink. Or the big fat one that sticks out on either side of the bun. Ones with just chili and cheese or ketchup and mustard or onions and relish. Add some Zapp's or Lay's potato chips and you got you a meal. Man, it’s something about hot dogs that makes us quite nostalgic.
But there’s really no reason to get all teary-eyed longing for the past of hot dogs, potato chips, and Kool-Aid (aka the good ole days). Nope, there’s a little slice of heaven right on Freret St. with hot dogs galore. Kielbasa, bratwurst, turducken, oh my! Cheese fries, chili cheese fries, sour cream/tomato/crawfish etouffe fries, goodness gracious! New Orleans, if you haven’t made your way to hot dog heaven, Dat Dog, better known as 'Dat Diggedy' around the IntheNOLA office, we’re not really sure just what in the hell you’re waiting on! And neither can Dat Dog founders Constantine Georges and Skip Murray, the self-proclaimed hot dog kings of New Orleans.
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Constantine and Skip are true New Orleanians, having known each other since they were just wee little New Orleanians in elementary school, making their way through high school, doing their own things as adults, and then finding themselves right back together after a number of years. And lemme tell ya, these two are some characters!
Skip said, “I’ve know Constantine since we were in grammar school, played football in high school and then the story ends. Everyone goes off doing this thing called life and then this thing happened in New Orleans. I forget, what’s it called? Oh yeah, Katrina.”
He continued, “I had lived in London for many years and became known as the hot dog guy, providing hot dogs for baseball and softball, and also putting hot dog stands in pubs. Katrina comes and goes and I'm the ‘King of Hot Dogs’ in the United Kingdom. I came back to New Orleans and started reconnecting with people. One day, I did these dogs for a Tulane baseball game. I’m talking about opening a hot dog business one minute, and the next minute, Constantine and I are actually doing it with absolutely no idea whether it was going to work at all.”
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Well, did it work! On opening day, the Dat Doggers found themselves with a line all the way down the block. Dat Dog’s first location was across the street from their current one…a little hole in the wall with enough room for about three people. But now, they’re in some swanky new digs right across the street…plenty of inside and outside seating to sit and enjoy your favorite dog.
Constantine said, “When I went places, I would ask people, ‘Do you like eating hot dogs?’ and you’d be surprised how many people came up with a smile. It was like a secret society. And so it made sense. Truthfully, we really don’t sell hot dogs. Instead, we actually sell properly encased meats, which are frankfurters or sausages. I like to think that what we do is quality product and quality service that keeps people coming back.”
And quality product and service indeed! Don’t get it twisted, Dat Dog is not your typical fast food place. “We are a restaurant that is a family place, a community place,” Constantine said. “We believe in being part of the neighborhood. And hopefully, we are setting an example for other people.”
Dat Dog favorites include the traditional beef wiener, and the alligator and crawfish sausage. And for the vegetarians, they’ve got you covered with a veggie dog (spicy chipotle, black bean, and veggie patty).
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So how does it work at Dat Dog? First, you gotta pick your dog, then pick your toppings… andouille sauce, guacamole, hummus, jalapenos, olive salad, sauerkraut, wasabi, among others. “If you get it wrong, we’ll tell you like, ‘Don’t put sauerkraut on a crawfish sausage.’ Otherwise, proceed at own risk,” said Skip. Couple that with the toasted sourdough bun and some chili cheese fries and we’re pretty sure you might slap the person sitting next to you!
We can attest to the fact that there’s no dog like Dat Dog! In the words of Dat Dog, “Put a smile on your face!”
For more information about Dat Dog, please visit their website, Facebook, and Twitter.

Dat Dog
5030 Freret St.
New Orleans, LA 70115
(504) 899-6883

Last modified on Friday, 14 December 2012

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