As noted on KRTV a few days ago, there’s a “Weiner War” going on in Great Falls, with THREE competing hot dog eateries vying for your attention (two restaurants, one cart vendor). So on Saturday, we ventured forth to sample the wares at the new Downtown Dog House, located on 5th Street just a few doors down from Central Avenue.
The verdict: woohoo! What a fun place! The dogs were tasty, and available with all sorts of condiments and toppings (even a veggie-dog!). And the super-skinny fries and onion rings/strings were delicious. And for dessert: ice-cream cupcakes! Seriously – try the Cotton Candy Fluff cupcake.
The atmosphere is fun, the staff (hi Tiffany!) was upbeat and happy, and owner Dave was on hand making sure that everyone was enjoying the food and the fun. A few flat-screen TVs above – two on sports and one on news – and free WiFi make this a winner. Oh, and the huge “garage-door” opening for patio dining is a very cool thing (sorry didn’t get picture yet).
And while we were enjoying our dogs, we saw a few friendly folks we know (including blog-buddy GeeGuy!) – everybody seemed to be in a good mood and enjoying the place.
So how did the Downtown Dog House stack up against it’s main competitor, Stinky’s? I haven’t tried Stinky’s yet, but Krista ate there a few days ago, and she said the Downtown Dog House was WAY better than Stinky’s. She noted that Stinky’s was OK – until we ate at the Dog House, which she said completely blew away the competition. Stinky’s has a more variety on their menu (sandwiches, etc), but the dog quality and atmosphere just didn’t even come close the Downtown Dog House.
So what do you think? Have you tried any of the hot dog eateries? How did they rate?
Some more pix – click to see larger size:
Downtown Dog House
#4 5th Street South; phone 406-454-DOGS (3647)
Open Monday through Saturday from (?) 11 am to 8 pm, closed Sunday