happy dog

happydog2Did you ever feel like you’re the last person to know about/discover something? That’s exactly how I felt when I wrote last month about Eric Williams and his new involvement with Happy Dog. Of course I’ve heard of the place, but had never been. I received a ton of e-mails regarding that post as well as a lot of comments – people had a lot of thoughts and opinions they wanted to express. I was really surprised by how popular the place was and just how many people were regulars. Until I went (on behalf of Metromix). Now I get it.

Here’s my full review on the place. In short – I genuinely loved the space and its overall vibe. Very cool. I can see why it’s so popular and people were so passionate with their feedback. Aside from the space – and the main reason why I went, were the toppings and to learn exactly what Eric had in store for this beloved spot. The hot dog itself was good, but like the fries, only become great once paired with one (or all for those that dare) of the 50 toppings. Order either as is, and you wouldn’t think twice. It’s the choices here that stand out – as intended. I highly recommend the warm pineapple, ginger and currant chutney on your dog and chorizo chili atop your fries.

While I like the concept and think so many choices for something as simple as a hot dog is fun, unless in the area, I’m not necessarily going to go out of my way for a hot dog. That being said, I’m happy that come spring, Williams will be offering brunch (and possibly adding a sidewalk patio). Also, the Happy Dog is now offering Friday lunch service starting at 11 a.m. Otherwise, they are open seven nights from 4 p.m. until 2 a.m., seven days a week. I haven’t been out that late in a very long time, but I’ve got to imagine this place has a great late-night crowd and sells a lot of hot dogs!

Over at Eric Williams other place, Momocho, new fall/winter menu items will be rolling out over the next week or so. Look for negra modelo braised goat tacos (yum), squid hot pot appetizer, pechuga chicken stuffed with huitlecoche and cotija cheese and a fig margarita.

UPDATE: The Diners Drive-ins and Dives episode has been rescheduled to March 15.

5 Comments

  1. Jonathan
    Posted November 13, 2009 at 9:53 am | Permalink

    Wait, they’re opening for lunch on Fridays! Evil.

    My wife enjoyed the veggie dog, and the bike rack is back. Double bonus score.

    There are a couple of conflicting myspace pages. This appears to be the current one (the “the” is important):
    http://www.myspace.com/thehappydogcleveland

  2. steve
    Posted November 13, 2009 at 1:45 pm | Permalink

    Braised Goat sounds great for the tacos, perhaps I can get away from always ordering my favorite pork carnitas. I know that The Happy Dog has many regulars, but when I’m in the neighborhood I’m more likely to be at The Parkview for the blues.

  3. Jonathan
    Posted November 15, 2009 at 5:14 pm | Permalink

    The only issue we’ve had is that the dogs take 30-45 minutes or more to come out. They’ve been busy recently, but 45 minutes for a hot dog and fries?

  4. Hayley
    Posted November 16, 2009 at 12:52 pm | Permalink

    We went there this weekend, after reading your review. We loved it. We went around 8pm on Saturday – to avoid the cover, and that was the best decision. It got a little noisy and crowded the later it got…but that is to be expected. We loved the dogs and the tater tots! Yum! My husband was a little overwhelmed with all the choices – and definitely would have perferred some suggestions (bartenders did not help us out with suggestions). But in the end, we were very happy with the food and we would go back – but again EARLY…

  5. Posted December 13, 2009 at 9:33 am | Permalink

    We were there around 6 on a Friday night and it wasn’t the least bit crowded and we had our food within 15 minutes or so. It was awesome, I am in love.

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