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Petaluma: Roy's Chicago Doggery – The best lunch counter in the Bay Area that is serious fun … Italian beef and the “"Oh No You Didn't Dog"


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Petaluma: Roy's Chicago Doggery – The best lunch counter in the Bay Area that is serious fun … Italian beef and the “"Oh No You Didn't Dog"

rworange | | Feb 2, 2010 11:49 AM

I had a million things to do that day and the plan was to get the Chicago combo to go … a Vienna Chicago hot dog with a half-sized Italian beef.

The vibe was so wonderful I had to take a seat at the counter, watch the action and be part of the crowd.

Both sandwiches have to be eaten like Asian noodles, bent over the paper-lined plastic basket to catch fillings or juice.

The poppy seed roll of the Chicago dog was loaded with the requisites – mustard, neon green relish, tomatoes, onions, sport pepper, a dill pickle spear, and sprinkle of celery salt.

What was really great is they timed the sandwiches, Chicago dog first and then asking if I was ready for the beef and if I wanted it wet … or as was quickly added “Great pick, that’s the only way to order it”

The sandwich was served with a tasty pool of beef juice on the bottom of the basket. This really did require leaning over to eat it without sacrificing clothing. I’ve only had this sandwich once before … in Berkeley … and this was so far superior. Packed with thinly-sliced beef and made even juicier by dipping. The giadinera was so good I scooped from the juice the last bits that had escaped while chowing was in progress.

The menu has a number of types of hot dog combos, pastrami, fries, chips, shakes and soda. One of these days I want to try the creamsicle shake. There’s also a white board with customer-inspired hot dogs.

There is a daily dog and I was sorely tempted to try the dog of the day … "Oh No You Didn't Dog" Vienna all beef dog topped with Sweet Potato Mustard and Blue Cheese Cole Slaw.

However, I know I’ll be back till I try everything on that menu. Every time I’m on that stretch of 101, this will be a quick detour. Here’s another recent Chowhound report

Deep-fried Maxwell Street Polish Dog @ Roy’s Chicago Doggery in Petaluma

How can you not like this place with so much character and atmosphere … in every sense of the word.

It is located in at the livestock auction building. Though the auctions are Monday, on Friday a subtle essence of cattle wafted through the outside air. (no problem inside)

Drive into the dirt lot keeping an eye out for potholes. A white trailer is on one side and a bbq grill is next to the Roy’s.

Inside there are two counters with stools and a few tables along the windows. A few sports items and photos are on the walls. The place was filled with workers and families with kids.

The staff is as nice as can be. The young ladies at the counter call everyone and each other sweetie. The cook is busy building the dogs, slicing pastrami and working the fryer.

One customer only ate a bit of his sandwich. The ladies noticed and asked what was wrong. He said he didn’t like that particular item, but it was ok. “Oh no”, they said. “Pick something else”.. “no, no”, he demurred. A concerned friendly persuasion continued … something like my grandmother would do till she made you something you liked. As I drove off I saw the guy exiting with a couple of bags of food … and a drink.

I think most of Twitter banal, but I’m a fan of Roy’s which had me giggling and was worth reading. Even the info page on Facebook is funny.

General Manager: Mufasa

Culinary Team: Neat little elves

I have yet to read a negative comment about Roy’s anywhere, but I’d love to be there if someone asked to speak to Mufasa.

Roy's Chicago Doggery
84 Corona, Petaluma, CA 94954