For lunch today on our way back from zipping around at Banning Mills we checked out Top Chef Richard Blais’ new concept Haute Doggery (HD1). We really like Richard Blais on Bravo's Top Chef – we actually missed his original season but really liked him last year on Top Chef All Stars (where he won the season)! We’ve been to Flip Burger several times, another Blais concept, and really enjoyed it so we were excited to try HD1. For those of you who haven’t heard of Flip, it’s a boutique burger joint with crazy delicious burger creations and awesome sides. They also have these incredible nitrogen milkshakes in flavors like strawberry shortcake and Krispy Kreme! (http://www.flipburgerboutique.com/)
The exterior of HD1 is modern and non-branded. We weren’t sure if they just hadn’t put up a sign yet or what, they did just open this week! (Next year they are rumored to be opening a roof-top seating area - you can kind of see where it will be in the pic)
Indoors was dark walls with open seating. The menu is written on big erasable glass boards up front.
You order at the counter and then sit at any of the communal tables. It wasn’t too busy (amazingly) so we got our own table – right after we sat down though a huge line formed going out the door.
Instead of serving boutique burgers, HD1 serves up high class hot dogs. Not only are there several varieties of hot dogs, they are also completely unique and like nothing I’ve ever seen before. We tried the Haute Dog – their take on a classic chili dog with onions and monteray jack foam, and the fennel sausage dog - with walnuts and sour grape relish.
My Haute Dog
J's Fennel Dog
These are gourmet hot dogs for sure! They also have delicious and unique “bits” and “pieces” to have on the side (see the menu pic above) – we tried the grit battered fried shrip and waffle fries with maple-oy.
We also splurged and tried the vanilla ice cream sammy on a chocolate chip cookie for dessert.
Overall it was a really yummy meal. We will definitely be back to try more of the haute dogs and sides soon (maybe next weekend with J’s family)! I think I’ll pass on the soft serve sammy though, but I may have to tyr the vanilla with charcoal and sea salt next time – it just sounds really interesting. Check out some other reviews here - I'll be writing one soon: Yelp.