“Are we really going to drive that far just to have hotdogs?!” This was my husband whining for the umpteenth time as we took yet another turn that got us lost into the urban jungle of Dubai Marina.
The Hotdog Stand is relatively easy to find with the help of our trusty GPS (the coordinates are 25.069795, 55.133140), but when we found no parking in the vicinity, we ended up on the highway towards Abu Dhabi!
When we finally got to the restaurant, flustered and half an hour late, the staff tell us they have parking! You just need to honk at the front or call them on 800 HOTDOG, and they will have you sorted. Lesson learnt; always ask about the parking facilities when trying out a new restaurant!
The Hotdog Stand is the brainchild of Jordanian-born marketer Ibrahim, who we had the pleasure of meeting at the venue. Living in the UAE, we are spoilt with all kinds of cuisines, and come to think of it, no one has ever thought of opening a restaurant dedicated to gourmet hotdogs!
Hotdogs are Ibrahim’s favorite form of fastfood, and as an avid traveler, his 3-month long stints in the United States ensured he’s had his fair share of some of the best hotdogs the world has to offer. Noticing a dearth in the UAE market for quality hotdogs, Ibrahim decided to fill the gap with his very own take on this ever-popular American fast-food.
The restaurant interiors are rather small and can cater to around a dozen or so people. They also have a grassy front lawn with park benches, and given the lovely breezy weather, we nested ourselves outdoors for our hotdog feasting.
Here is a look at The Hotdog Stand’s menu:
At The Hotdog Stand, they have three signature hotdogs to choose from (the Cheese Coney, The Mexican and Monster). If you are more creatively inclined, you can make your very own creation from a whole list of fillings on offer.
The Hotdog Stand imports its hotdogs from the United States. You have a choice of chicken or Angus beef. These 7 inch sausages weigh 100 grams each, and are therefore bigger and meatier than your regular sausages.
We started off our meal with The Hotdog Stand’s Mini Cheese Balls and Jalapeno Poppers.
I love the quirky serveware here! How cool are these vintage-style tin cups?
I preferred the Jalapeno Poppers. These too were crunchy and cheesy, and had a slice of jalapeno added in. The jalapeno is more sweet than hot, and it has a slight hit of vinegar which digresses from all that cheesy richness.
For our hotdogs, both Hubby and I went for the Angus Beef. Hubby tried out The Mexican and I went for the Monster. Appearance-wise they look near-identical, but mine is a monster as it is stuffed with far more goodies than his 😉
The Mexican is stuffed with all things taco and includes an indulgently creamy guacamole, a tangy-sweet salsa sauce, jalapenos, sour cream, nachos, and shredded cheddar cheese. It’s a monstrously festive munch, and when it hit the table, Hubby looked quizzical on how to dive into it. We used the forks and knives provided on the table, but it sure is messy business! The Mexican is indulgently creamy with a remix of Mexican favorites that work beautifully together, and that Angus hotdog is just so wonderfully meaty.
Hubby devoured The Mexican. Digging into all this yumminess, the initial frustration of getting lost on our way here had finally evaporated.
If The Mexican is a struggle to down, imagine me with the Monster! This Hotdog has been christened the Monster thanks to the sheer number of fillings that go into this baby. It has diced tomatoes, green onions, beetroot, jalapeno, ketchup, mustard, mayonnaise, pickles and an unexpected crunch of potato sticks. I for one detest gherkins, but the pickles used in this Monster were more sweet than vinegar-tangy and blended wonderfully with the rest of the ingredients. The crunch of the potato sticks gives each bite a lovely texture, and with that moreish juicy, meaty hotdog, the Monster is a very filling meal indeed!
At The Hotdog Stand, you get a choice of fries, the Ziggy Fries or the Curly Fries. We had one of each. The Ziggy Fries are your regular fries with a crimple, and this makes them crispier and crunchier than usual.
Of the two, I preferred the Curly Fries. Well seasoned with a crunch, my daughter enjoyed wearing these as temporary rings as she scoffed them down by the handful! The coleslaw at The Hotdog Stand is very fresh, and has just the right balance of mayonnaise added in. Not your regular KFC variety at all!
The Bean Salad here is absolutely divine! I could eat these by the potful all day long! The beans are soft without being soggy, and the dressing is just the right kind of sweet with the tanginess of vinegar.
The Pink Lemonade at The Hotdog Stand is one of the best I’ve ever had. I usually shy away from pink lemonades as they tend to be overly sugared down, but the play of lemon zestiness with sweet in this drink was just right for me.
By the time we were done with our hotdogs, we were so mighty stuffed! Who would have thought hotdogs can be this filling? But there’s always room for dessert!
We tried The Hot Dog Stand’s Churros. These churros have been deep-fried to a crunchy golden-brown and are served with a caramel and chocolate dip. The Churros are coated in a cinnamon sugar, and are good enough to be eaten on their own. My daughter managed to scoop up all that chocolate sauce, but my personal favorite was the caramel dip.
Apart from hotdogs, The Hotdog Stand also serves Cincinnati style pastas which we were too full to try. Ibrahim tells us they are working on many new additions to the menu including a whole new range of signature hotdogs, and more options for vegetarians.
The Hotdog Stand might be quite a drive away for us, but we are already planning a trip back for the delicious hotdogs. Ibrahim has given us a taste of what we have been missing all along, and I am excited to see what he has in store for 2016.
Go on, try The Hotdog Stand for yourself and satiate those Americanized hotdog cravings. Best of all, a meal for two here will not cost you more than AED 100.
The Hotdog Stand is located on the ground floor of Jannah Place, Dubai Marina (GPS coordinates 25.069795, 55.133140). For more information, call them toll free on 800 HOTDOG (468364).