Restaurants & Bars

Chicago Chili Dog @ The Dog House (Bodega Bay)

Melanie Wong | Sep 3, 200709:32 AM    

Our getaway weekend was another chance for me to visit The Dog House on Bodega Bay. I was all set to try the Sinai 48 kosher beef dog. But then I overheard one of the staff say that the chili here is imported from Chicago, and tasted best on the skinless Vienna Beef hot dog. So, a Vienna dog ($5) topped with chili ($2.50) with “all the fries you can eat” it was. Here’s the shot of my lunch by the bay, next to my friend’s beer.

Vienna Beef Dog and Bodega Bay -

From the self-serve condiment bar, I added some chopped onion and helped myself to dill pickle slices. I was sorry to see that pickle spears, one of the essential elements of a Chicago dog, were nowhere in sight. The chili topping was quite generous and overflowing. It had a pleasing meatiness, moderate spice, and distinct tang to it with just a few beans. This is a good dog chili with good body to sit up on the sesame seed bun, and tuned in to the spicing of the hot dog.

Closer-look -

Rod ordered the Vienna dog topped with sauerkraut, which he seemed happy with. He topped his with the brown mustard and a bunch of sport peppers.

Sauerkraut dog with sport peppers and mustard -

Again, the French fries with skins were kind of limp, but had good potato flavor. Bo was served the smallest portion of fries, just a few tucked into the paper boat that held his 1/3 lb. burger. Even though he claimed to be full after polishing off his food, I egged him on to get another order of fresh fries for us. With a lull in the line of customers, the batch of fries on deck had cooled off. This was lucky for us, as they were refried to heat them up, and the extra greasy, extra crunchy, and very hot fries in this second helping were so much better we polished them off as well.

Photographer concentrating on his work -


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Charlie's BBQ Chili Dog

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Hot Dog City in Downtown Santa Rosa

Uncle Bill's Gourmet Corn Dogs

The Casino in Bodega

Inn the Hot Dog House, Sebastopol

The Dog House, Bodega Bay

Ralph's Courthouse Classics, Santa Rosa

Dog House
537 S Hwy 1, Bodega Bay, CA 94923

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