Monday, April 20, 2009

Restaurant Review: The Dog House

It was just a few weeks ago that the Medium Nanny called and told me that she needed me to attend a parent meeting for the summer mission project that she plans to participate in. I thought that I didn't have to go to "parent meetings" anymore now that she is in college...isn't she like an adult now???

So, I told her that I would be happy to attend the parent meeting if we could go here for lunch. I had passed by this place on a previous trip and placed it up in the part of my brain that holds all of my hotdog stand information. Notice the sign says: Detroit Style Coney's...that's what caught my eye. Could it be? A Detroit style coney in the state of Tennessee?

Upon entering the dog establishment, I noticed the familiar combo smell of grease and vinyl furniture. This is a good sign of an authentic Detroit Style Coney. The owner came to our table to take our order and our conversation went a little something like this...

Big Nanny: So, what part of Michigan are you from?

Dog House Owner: I'm not from Michigan, I'm from California. (Big Nanny is very disappointed by this revelation and facial expression went from happy to oh, you've got to be kidding me look.)

Dog House Owner: But I get all my ingredients shipped in from Detroit.

Big Nanny: Oh, so you use Koegel brand hotdogs???

Dog House Owner: No, I use blah, blah, blah, blah products.

(Never heard of anything except for the Faygo brand pop that she mentions. Yes, in Michigan, we call the Cokes, POP...but I don't call it that here because I don't like it when people look at me like I'm crazy.)

Big Nanny: So, where did you get all this Detroit sports team stuff that's all over your walls?

Dog House Owner: My customers give it to me.

Very interesting???

So, here is the Medium Nanny in the "Detroit style" coney establishment...emphasis on the word "style."

Doesn't she look 12? Can you believe she only has 16 more days and she'll be finished with her freshman year of college? Where does the time fly? Can you believe she's not coming home for summer? She's off for some evangelism training and when she's not evangelizing, she's going to be working at Dollywood and sharing a room with 3 other girls...those who attended/witnessed/chaperoned last year's summer youth trip know how this girl gets after 4 days of room sharing...she's gonna need a little prayer.

Anyhoo, I give it a 8 out of 10 dogs. The onion rings were awesome.

You can click on the links below to read my other hotdog stand reviews...

Hot Diggity Dog

I Dream of Weenie

The Varsity

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Me said...

Love that recap of the conversation. I can hear your Michigan dialect booming from my speakers as I read it.

I have to say that dog looks pretty good. It's gloppy, and I like a gloppy dog. Onion rings look nice too.


Sonja said...

I'm going to have to disagree with "me" up look at that dog and I headed straight for the toilet. Seriously.

To each her own. We can still be friends.

Anonymous said...

There is a 8' X 5' trailer now in spring hill that claims to have the best KOEGEL DOGS in the U.S. It is called Charlie Brown's Hot Dogs. Very interesting menu. They have 2 dogs, fries, and a drink for $5.00 ... it may taste like they used real "dog" but it could also be the best tasting coney you can find in the south ... give it a try and let me know. It is usually parked tight in front of Tractor Supply. Ricky