A few weeks back I got an invitation to attend a grand opening party for Dog Haus's newest location - the "Biergarten" in Old Town. I get invitations like this every so often and I usually ignore them. But that's because they're usually for places that don't sound good to me. But I love Dog Haus. I wrote about the original last year, proclaiming that I had found my new go-to place for hot dogs in Pasadena. So I thought I would go to this party.
Then I got a little farther down the invitation and saw that it would be a couple of days before Halloween and an "80s-themed costume party." Now, I'm sorry to be a grump, but I cannot envision any situation in which I would attend something like that. My brother could decide his wedding was going to be an 80s-themed costume party and I would not attend. Nothing personal, Dog Haus... we just have different ideas about what's fun.
But I still wanted to try the place. I mean, it's those awesome hot dogs, and now with beer and outdoor seating. You don't have to have followed this blog for too long to recognize how much those things appeal to me. (Really, if you just started reading this week you'd recognize this truth.)
Many a night I spent on this patio when I was in my 20s and it was redwhite+bluezz, listening to blues and jazz, drinking wine and eating cheese. I prefer this new setup.
And it was indeed great. I mean... just awesome. The meat was juicy, the onions were bursting with sweetness, the bacon was pretty much perfect, and the sauce was as garlicky as I like it, which is to say pretty damn garlicky. I ate this thing with remarkable speed and I even considered getting another.
I can't see any reason why Dog Haus hasn't come up with another winner here with the Biergarten. I mean, I'm sure there would be times that I hate the place: they're open until 2 AM Thursday-Saturday and I can only imagine the crowd of people craving hot dogs at 1 AM on a Saturday night. (Lord knows I've been part of that crowd many times in years gone by.) But on an overcast Saturday afternoon, with great service, great food, and a total bill for all of this that barely surpassed twenty bucks - I don't remember the last time the two of us had a lunch in Old Town that left us happy and full for that price - it was one of the most pleasant lunches I have had all year.