Saturday, February 25, 2017

review - Dog Haus

Dog Haus
Northridge Biergarten
8931 Reseda Blvd,

Hot dogs and hamburgers are a staple of the fast food American lunch, dinner or even between meals. It's our way of life! Even if you love one or the other or both, do your taste buds long for added flavor? Would you like to dress up your dog or burger with other favorite ingredients? Well, look no further than to Dog Haus, a new popular chain of eateries in So Cal. I found the restaurant in Northridge to be the most distinct in design and the most friendly and inviting with owners Paul Homayoun and wife Ramona actually working the registers and serving customers....with a smile. You cannot get any friendlier than that.

Just a few blocks from Cal State Northridge, this Dog Haus opened around Labor Day of 2016 and was designed by Homayoun, a former construction and real estate man who has some pretty sharp ideas on how a fast food restaurant should appeal to customers. If you have the young crowd from the college, allow for plenty of space, widescreen TVs and  high tables and stools as well as normal tables and chairs, to add a more laid-back feel to the ambiance. High ceilings create a better, healthier breathing environment and the menu right in front of your eyes at the register permits you to make fast, convenient choices. The waiting time is quite short and servers bring your food to your table in a very efficient manner.

My friend and I were more than eager to sample a variety of dogs and burgers, and Paul aimed to please. I had a cowboy dog with smoked bacon, caramelized onions, mayo, pickled peppers, mustard and ketchup and a cheeseburger with white American cheese, 1001 island dressing, onion, lettuce and tomato. Hot dogs are signature all beef skinless dogs and burgers are hormone and antibiotic free, Both my selections were hot and delicious. My friend Stan chose a classic corn dog cooked in a house made root beer batter. He was delighted. We shared freshly cooked french fries and onion rings.

For a beverage, I love caramel, so ordered a salty caramel shake that was perfectly blended with just the right amount of flavoring added. There is also Fosselman's vanilla ice cream for dessert, as well as vanilla, dutch chocolate and salty caramel shakes, and homemade cookies, chocolate chip and macadamia nut.

And, as well as the regular dogs, there are hand-crafted Haus sausages, that include Das Brat with bratwurst, Pig Lebowski with polish kielbasa, The Fonz with spicy Italian and for the vegans, Sooo Veggie with veggie smoked apple, tomato, avocado, wild arugula, crispy onions and spicy basil aioli. The burgers and haus sausages are only $7.49 each and the haus dogs, $5.99. The sides include fries, tater tots, cheese fries, haus slaw, and haus chili that range from a low $2.49 to $4.99. You may also build your own dog, sausage or burger from $3.99 for dogs to $5.49 for burgers. Sauces used, by the way, are all natural and made on the premises.

A special word or two about my favorite item, the sliders. These are sooo good, the burger slider with angus beef, caramelized onions, white american cheese and mayo for a mere $1.79 and the dog or corn dog at the same price. With the special sauces added, like the haus made cheese sauce, these are a taste treat worth savoring ... and eating two or three, a meal in themselves.

Paul emphasized that he holds many fundraisers on site. There is a very pleasant outdoor patio for eating that will accommodate a fairly large group of people.

So try something a little different this weekend and go to Dog Haus. The food is extraordinarily satisfying, especially at the Northridge establishment with its warm and cozy atmosphere. I'll be back!
Paul and Ramona, owners of the fabulous Northridge Dog Haus

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