Using a pillowy bun as a barrier, hot dogs are safely protected from environmental hazards such as open manholes and greasy-handed schoolchildren. Enjoy snugly shielded franks with today's Groupon: for $10, you get $20 worth of hot dogs and pub fare at Capital Pub and Hot Dog Co.
The cooks at Capital Pub and Hot Dog Co., which was recently featured as an up-and-coming pub spot in Cityview, craft a menu of 100% all-beef Klement's hot dogs dressed in inventive toppings alongside politically themed sandwiches. Diners can put in a scandalous order for a naked dog ($3.50) or suit up a custom sausage with both classic and creative add-ons, such as relish, homemade chili, or the house's nuclear sauce (+$0.50/topping). The Heart Attack ($5.50) swathes a dog in bacon before dunking it in the fryer, then dollops on a helping of cream cheese, which certifies it as an acceptable breakfast staple. Crushed fritos and jalapenos slog through a delectable swamp of nacho-cheese sauce on the nacho dog ($6), which, like all of the pub's dogs, may swap out its beef for a lean turkey model. For wider handheld eats, guests can heft the Liberal sandwich's half-pound Angus beef patty draped in blue cheese, bacon, red onion, and barbecue sauce ($9.50).
A base painted to resemble stonework supports the pub's glossy wood bar, which sleekly supports beers and cocktails sliding across its surface to soothe barren throats. As patrons sip and nibble, they can entertain thumbs with a host of video games or cheer on their favorite quarterback or weatherman on multiple television screens.
Capital Pub and Hot Dog
When the owners first laid eyes on the 117-year-old house that would later become Capital Pub and Hot Dog, they viewed it as an opportunity to accomplish a long-lived goal rather than as an archaic, dilapidated building. Today, the once-condemned structure stands completely renovated and now serves as a dining hotspot where neighborhood regulars furnish their bellies with 100%-all-beef Klement's hot dogs and signature cocktails. The laid-back eatery's 13 Capital Dogs bear such unique toppings as homemade chili, crispy Fritos, and buffalo hot sauce, and its hearty sandwiches punch hunger in the gut with Angus beef, marinated chicken, and american cheese. Headlining a hefty appetizer menu, sweet-potato fries drizzled in honey and accompanied by marshmallow-cream sauce charm taste buds with bites sweeter than love notes written by Oompa Loompas. Capital's sleek, intimate space treats stompers to warm wooden floors that glimmer beneath burnished dining islands and beer-inspired signage.
400 SE 6th St.
Des Moines, Iowa 50309Get Directions