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Hot Dog Renaissance in the Foothills?

heckonwheels | Jun 14, 2008 07:12 AM

First, Jake's in Azusa and now Moondog's in Monrovia. Are we seeing the beginnings of a new trend here in the SGV? I don't know but now we have two new decent hot dog places to contemplate.

The good about Moondog's....decent dogs. Not quite as good as Jake's or many of the places in the other valley, but still good. Dogs are skinless Hebrew National, either regular size or the quarter pound sausage for a dollar more. Buns are toasted and the dogs are not split ( I hate it when cooks do that and kill all the juices inside).

Three cities are honored on the menu. The New York Dog comes with mustard, grilled onions, and sauerkraut. Chicago is the standard mustard, pickle, tomato wedges, raw onions, relish, and sport peppers...don't know if it's the neon relish or if it comes on a poppy seed bun. The L.A. Dog is a bacon wrapped quarter pounder with grilled onions.

The also have three varieties of chili dogs, a deep fried dog (the Texas Dog...shouldn't that be New Jersey?), wings, and a veggie dog.

Sides include fries, zucchini fries, onion rings, and mozzarella stix. Toppings are cheese, mushrooms, jalapenos, bell peppers, salsa, tomato, onions (grilled or raw), pickles, mustard, ketchup, mayo, and chili.

....and yes, they serve beer and wine at reasonable prices.

Prices are $2.75 for the basic dog with standard toppings, $3.75 the New York and Chicago dogs and an obscene $5.75 for the L.A.dog (Jake's has this one for two dollars less).

There are also two fairly large plasma screens wedged inside somehow for sports.

The bad? As mentioned before, not quite as good as other places but still several levels above Weinerschnitzel....which itself can be satisfying sometimes. The beer selections is limited. On tap is Bud Lite and Newcastle. In bottles, you also have Landshark (a light Corona-like lager), Corona, and Pacifico. I'd like to see some other choices other that the mostly light, watery beers they have now.

Seating is very limited with a high counter inside with bar stools...kids and those in wheelchairs might have problems there. Outside on the sidewalk are twe very small tables in the alcohol OK zone and two larger ones in the no alcohol zone.

It's in a low traffic area on a side street off of Myrtle so it doesn't get a lot of foot traffic. Supposedly, there's a pirate theme here but I only saw it on the menu.

Moondog's is located at 108 East Lime just off of Myrtle Avenue on the north side of the Krikorian Theater, next door to Baldwin's Baked Potatoes.

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