Hotdogs often bring to mind ball games and outdoor cookouts. They are the classic all-American food, reminiscent of summers spent at the lake or family reunions. Delicious, but not exactly fine dining.
Subdogs Hotdoggery attempts to change that – to a degree. The restaurant makes gourmet hotdogs that would be as welcome at a family cookout as they would at a dinner party. Subdogs offers a wide variety of “hotdogs” to choose from – all beef, all turkey, bratwurst, natural casing, 1/2 pound, and a vegetarian falafel choice – and even more options in toppings. You can stick with the familiar Windy City and Fist Pump (aka Coney), or you can branch out into more unorthodox selections like The Wingdinger (“our hotdog take on the chicken wing”) and The Drunken Dog (a beer brat topped with Jack Daniel’s-sauteed onions and champagne dijon aioli). And for the person who prefers the classic, you can still just order a hotdog with ketchup and pickle.
Ellis Square is the perfect picnic spot for a sunny, spring day. Surrounded by the hustle and bustle of downtown, it’s a prime location to people watch and enjoy lunch from a downtown eatery. We took our food from Subdogs Hotdoggery to-go and chose this historic, laid-back square for a fun afternoon lunch.
Kenda’s mom, Patricia, was visiting Savannah from her home in Arkansas, so she joined us for our hotdog picnic.
The Dishes: “The Fist Pump,” “The Rebel 95,” and “The Windy City”
What’s Special About It?
Kenda: “I love a good hotdog, whether it’s hot off the grill at home or purchased at the ballpark during a baseball game – they’re so good! They really signify spring and summertime to me. Subdogs Hotdoggery made the whole hotdog experience that much more enjoyable with its quality, gourmet ingredients.”
Eleanor: “I’m originally from the Detroit area, and I grew up on coney dogs. Now, far from The Motor City, it’s great to find that little piece of home in Savannah!”
What Did It Taste Like?
Eleanor: “The Fist Pump was a classic coney dog, with bean chili, melted cheddar cheese and diced onions on top. Can’t ask for more than that! And because of the homemade bread bun, the all-beef meat, and the quality ingredients this was one of the few hotdogs (and definitely the first coney dog) I’ve had that didn’t make me feel a little gross afterward.”
Kenda: “‘The Windy City’ had a juicy all-beef hotdog with some of my favorite ‘Chicago-style’ toppings. It went well with the Parmesan-topped fries. My mom, Patricia, ordered ‘The Rebel 95,’ and it was equally delicious, especially with the tangy mustard and fresh, honey-flavored ham.”
What Did We Say About It?
Eleanor: ”This is the perfect place to kick off the spring season. Take it to-go at one of Savannah’s parks and enjoy the beautiful weather!”
5 West Broughton St.
Hours: Mon.-Thurs. 11 am – 9 pm, Fri. & Sat. 11 am – 3 am, and Sunday 12 pm – 4 pm