Subdogs Hotdoggery

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.

Subdog Hotdoggery is located on Broughton and Bull streets in downtown Savannah

Subdogs serves their hotdogs on homemade buns

according to their Web site, "the concept came to chef/owner Matt Jording way back in 2001 and has been kickin’ around in his head ever since, only to be finally born in Savannah, Georgia in 2011."

large menus are posted on the wall at the entrance, and the food is made to order

Ellis Square in downtown Savannah

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.

Kenda and her mom, Patricia, at Ellis Square

"The Rebel 95" with Virginia ham, American cheese and 7 Brothers Mustard topped with a slivered garlic pickle

"The Fist Pump" is served "carnie style" (i.e. messy!) with chili, shredded cheddar and diced onion

"The Windy City" has sliced tomato, dill pickle, sport peppers, neon relish, yellow mustard and celery salt

French fries topped with Parmesan cheese

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!”

Subdogs Hotdoggery

5 West Broughton St.

Savannah, GA

(912) 790-5050

Hours: Mon.-Thurs. 11 am – 9 pm, Fri. & Sat. 11 am – 3 am, and Sunday 12 pm – 4 pm

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