New Doggy Style – Dirty Dogs

Dirty Dogs

August 19, 2014

in Food, Mile-end/Plateau Mont-Royal, Reviews

There are only a handful of places around the city that serves hot dogs, and serve hot dogs correctly – mustard, relish, onions, coleslaw/sauerkraut and as much as people are going to bitch about it, KETCHUP on the side (I know, hate me for that one.) Montreal hot dog landmarks like Decarie Hot Dog, Montreal Pool Room, La Belle Province etc. serve up hundreds if not thousands of hot dogs a week. The pace in which the steamies are churned out is thanks to a certain rhythm and cadence established over time that sees a mastered cabbage pinch that portions out how much to dress a hot dog with and the perfect mustard pull along the bun from the handle-side of a wooden spoon. Recently a new kid on the block has outright thrown the Montreal hot dog game on its head trying to usher in their doggy style.

DirtyDogsI hit up Dirty Dogs for lunch. It kind of goes without saying that Dirty Dogs isn’t your ordinary hot dog shop, because they don’t actually serve “hot dogs” even though they bill themselves a spot for “gourmet hot dogs”. Opposed to macerated meats swimming in a congealed nitrate goodness, Dirty Dogs serves up homemade sausages with whimsical names that match their equally unique toppings.

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The Bernie Mac is a cheese and bacon sausage, topped with, (you guessed it) mac and cheese, scallions and crispy bacon. The sausage itself has great texture; there were distinguishable pieces of meat that made each bite toothsome and full. The mac and cheese was novel – however not as cheesy as I would have thought. This led to individual pieces of macaroni abandoning ship with each bite – which would have been prevented had there been a thicker sauce to hold them together. The scallions added a great contrast and helped cut through each bite. The side chosen for the combo was fries fried in duck fat; I mean when you’re already eating a hot dog that’s topped with mac and cheese, you might as well go all out. In the illustrious words of the man himself, “You don’t understand, I ain’t scared of you motherfuckers.” – Bernie Mac.


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The James Galdolfini is a mild Italian sausage topped with homemade bruschetta, pancetta, fresh grated mozzarella and pesto. This hot dog couldn’t have been more Italian even if was served to me by an old guy in khaki shorts and black shoes hosing down the sidewalk. Like the other menu items, the sausage is grilled to order, so there is a bit of a wait time, but it isn’t long. The salty hits of pancetta complimented the smooth creaminess of the melted cheese and freeness of the bruschetta.

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I had the side of chili – a Cincinnati-style chili (no beans), thinner and fragrant in spices. Topped with chopped onions and grated cheddar, the chili wasn’t too spicy, but it had a definite kick to it.

With other cleverly named menu items like The Ron Swanson which features a Bavarian beer sausage, topped with steak, bacon and a fried egg and the Denis Codere which mimics a Montreal Rueben sandwich, it goes to show that the brains behind the operation have a sense of humour. Naming their menu items after men, Dirty Dogs really is quite the sausage party.

Dirty Dogs
25 Mount Royal Ave E
(514) 508-3647
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Richard August 19, 2014 at 1:59 pm

I loved the Ron Swanson and Bernie Mac. These hot dogs are BIG and jam packed with so much great stuff that I found 1 hot dog was enough. This isn’t a belle pro where you need to order 10.
I found the original fries a better value than the duck fat – it seemed just like a novelty and didn’t add much of anything.

Overall I enjoyed it too and will be back to try the rest of the menu!

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Jason August 19, 2014 at 3:25 pm

I found the duck fries to be really heavy… but then, duck fat.

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