I already knew there were more things on the menu than hot dogs, which is good because I'm a notorious hot dog hater. I really just never liked them and don't plan on starting now. But I do love all things retro. And I do love burgers and all that goes along with a burger. So on a particular Saturday night with not much else do, it was finally time to check out Retro Dog.
I love the whole look of Retro Dog, from the neon sign, to the old style diner interior, to the crazy artwork on the walls. It's just a damn cool looking place. And you can eat at the car hop if you'd prefer.
Looking over the menu I decided that I had to try a homemade root beer, that they have on draft. Interestingly, I don't love root beer. But the description sounded so enticing (Local Artisan and craft brewed to guarantee freshness and bold signature flavors. Brewed with all natural ingredients including fresh winter green, vanilla bean, pure cane sugar and filtered water. A combination that provides a delicious creamy caramel vanilla flavor that's sure to please sip after sip!) that I decided to give it a go. It came out in a frosty mug and truly did not disappoint. It was delicious!
The man decided on a peanut butter milkshake. Yeah, you heard me right. And Oh. My. God. It was so good. Thick and creamy, delicious peanut butter flavor. A work of milkshake art.
And now for the main event. The man got the dogs, 2 Retro Dogs. As hot dogs go, they did look good. They were chargrilled, which if I ate hotdogs, I'd want. They are topped with Coney sauce, cheese sauce and onions. The man loved them, loved the snap of the dog (which is a natural casing dog), and all around was very pleased.
He also go the fries. Nice fresh cut fries. Portion was good and they were fresh and hot.
I chose the Retro Burger. This isn't an interesting gourmet burger, but a good old fashioned classic done right. The burger is topped with American cheese, grilled onion, sliced tomato, shredded pickle, shredded lettuce, and mayo/mustard sauce. As a burger lover, it doesn't disappoint. In fact, I'm quite smitten with it. Honestly, I don't think you can go wrong if you chose the Retro Burger.
Really, check out that beauty! Yeah it's messy, but aren't most good burgers? The cheese is oozy, the sauce drips out, the burger is juicy and flavorful.
I also chose the tempura onion rings. Now, there are times when onions in general don't like me very much. But sometimes you just have to take one for the team and deal. This was one of those times. I mean really, if you saw these could you resist them??
I don't think you could! They come with a sauce to dip them in, that I'm not exactly sure what it was but it was mighty tasty. These are some stellar rings. The onion themselves are thin and battered perfectly. Not too much batter and fried to a crispy perfection.
Yeah, I'd say my first Retro Dog experience won't be my last.