Cooking, like taking a pop quiz and defusing a bomb on national television, is often a source of stress. Disarm your hunger with today’s Groupon: for $5, you get $10 worth of casual American eats at Hot Dawgs! in Grove City.
The fast-food experts at Hot Dawgs! decorate 11 meaty bases such as hot dogs, brats, and veggie dogs with 35 topping options inside a patriotic space laden with military flags and a memorial to fallen soldiers. The menu’s brigade of tubular treats includes a Corn Dawg ($3), a polish sausage ($3), a Veggie Dawg ($3), a behemoth 1-pound hot dog ($9), and a Kid Dawg ($2), whose small size fits neatly in the hands of children or adults yearning to feel like Andre the Giant. Patrons can give their protein the Hot-Lanta treatment, piling on chili sauce, coleslaw, and yellow mustard, or mix-and-match their own toppings for a meal that showcases their individual tastes and ability to color-coordinate. Regular dressings include dill pickles, salsa, celery salt, and barbecue sauce, and cylindrical meats can also model premium toppings ($0.50 each) such as marshmallow cream, crumbled bacon, and nacho-cheese sauce.
Though the hot dog may often be thought of as a simple summertime staple, the cooks at Hot Dawgs! have worked to elevate them to gourmet status. Nathan’s all-beef hot dogs, brats, Italian sausages, and veggie dogs all sizzle on grills, awaiting toppings that range from traditional sport peppers and sauerkraut to such inventive condiments as sriracha and coleslaw. Its seasonal housemade soups and tater tots pair with the handheld meals, and slices of homemade pie serve as a happy conclusion, much like a third-grader’s edits to Romeo and Juliette.