Finally, after years of following the cart from market to festival to late-night pop-up and back, Doggy Dogg has opened a brick and mortar shop, so we can get hand-crafted, locally-sourced, fancified hot dogs any time we want. (And we want them pretty much all the time.)
For years, the hot dog-lovin’ community of Atlanta knew exactly where to get locally-sourced, creatively elevated flavors: find a farmer’s market, and find James Hammerl, a.k.a. The Doggfather, because he’ll be slinging’ dogs somewhere. Yes, his Spotted Trotter links covered in creative and tasty combos of savory slaws and smokey sauces were sought after, and he created quite the following. Now, finally after years of following him from market to festival to late-night pop-up and back, Doggy Dogg has opened a brick and mortar shop where he’s offering doggs for two, so we can get locally-sourced, fancified hot doggs any time we want. (And we want them pretty much all the time.) The firm doggs with that inimitable snap when we bite into them found a place in our hearts, mostly because they’re made with love from the best Atlanta has to offer- the tangy sauerkraut comes from Lupa’s Kitchen, the buns form Ratio Bakeshop, and toppings come from Simply Seoul, Preserving Place, Candler Park Market and Phickles Pickles from Athens, just to name a few.
The meal starts with a hand-crafted dogg, created by James himself. The 404 Dogg is an ode to everything wonderful about Atlanta- an all-beef dogg slathered with pimento cheese, pork belly bits - yes we said PORK BELLY BITS - and caramelized onions. But if you're interested in something a little more traditional, you can’t miss with the Old Yeller- a classic beef dogg with natural, preservative-free ketchup, yellow mustard, and relish by Preserving Place. (Don’t worry- James has veggie doggs and gluten-free buns, too.) And no Doggy Dogg meal is complete without a side of Zapps chips and craft beers from the likes of Blue Tarp, Monday Night Brewing, Sweetwater and Terrapin, and a little something sweet to finish the meal. We're loving Ashley Sue’s Nutella Brownies- yes, Ashley Sue is her real name, and she makes every brownie by hand and delivers them to Doggy Dogg for us to enjoy the gooey, fudgey goodness. And hey, if you’re nice, we bet you can ask James to heat it up for you.
Now, with a nickname like the Doggfather and a penchant for pups (the kind you slather in ketchup and mustard), the last creature Doggy Dogg would team up with would be a cat, right? Well, James is full of surprises in his cozy hot dogg hideaway. Though it’s small, it’s mighty. Mighty artistic, that is- the distinctive, inky, cartoonish style of Black Cat Tips
, a.k.a. Kyle Brooks, adorns every single whitewashed wall. The two met at the East Atlanta Farmers Market and bonded over their matching red beards, so one day, James just asked, “Hey man, can you draw me a hot dog?” Kyle obliged, creating a whole cast of characters that dances around on the mural outside and on the menu boards inside. The space is cozy, so pull up one of the few seats indoors and soak in the welcoming, creative, just-want-to-hug-him vibe that James gives off, or enjoy a craft beer while waiting for your doggs & take ‘em to go. Once the weather is nice, head out to the patio (could be next weekend, could be months. Atlanta weather, right?) Oh, and while you’re there, be sure to take a trip to the loo- James has the bona fide nicest bathroom in Decatur. Enjoy your doggs Scouts, and remember: In Dogg We Trust.