My friend and I heard some great reviews about The Red Hot. It's your typical pub atmosphere. A great beer selection, if that's your thing. There's a TV on the wall to watch some sports. Music's playing. It's loud, but not crazy loud.
Of course, we came for the hot dogs and sausages. Over a dozen types of meat options, with a couple more vegetarian or vegan choices. All sounded delicious and we found it hard to narrow our choices down. One of the friendly servers/bartenders suggested three:
We each had the "Hosmer Hound Dog" ($4), an all-beef dog with creamy peanut butter, two strips of crispy bacon. Served inside a steamed poppy seed bun. My friend was blown away at how good it was. I also enjoyed it and would really have wanted a bigger portion to nosh on. I also think that thicker, smokier bacon would have really sent us both to nirvana.
|"Hosmer Hound Dog" (front)|
(Ruston Ragin' Cajun" (back)
|Closeup of the "Hosmer Hound Dog"|
My friend gave high marks to the "Rainier Reuben" ($4.25), an all-beef dog with spicy brown mustard, 1000 Island dressing, apple cider braised sauerkraut, and melted Swiss.
The Red Hot's version of the Chicago Dog is appropriately named the "Tacoma" ($4). The "Coney" ($4) is your usual chili dog. The "6th Ave Strut" ($3.75) has cream cheese in it.
Are you a glutton or aspire to be one? Get the double-dog "Tideflats" ($6). Topped with virtually everything they got. Fork all but required. If only I didn't have that job interview, the panda just may have gone bonkers.
A big "thank you" to whomever our server was. I'm sure my friend and I will be back for more great food. 8.25/10