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TGIF: HD-1, Haute Doggery

Chef Michelle here! Thank God it's Friday! I shared this post on my foodie blog a couple weeks back and I thought it would be an excellent addition for Makes Me Wanna Holler. It's a fun, family friendly (read: inexpensive) place to enjoy a good meal. Enjoy!

Clad in workout gear my good friend and I marched our way down the freedom park trail and eventually landed in the Poncey-Highlands right in front of Top Chef winner Richard Blais's new "Haute" dog joint.

Call me a groupie, but I'm a huge fan of Blais. He's creative, he's original and still humble... of course I've gotten all of that from TV and the few times I've seen him behind the counter at FLIP, but nonetheless, it makes me wanna try whatever he's selling. I am however, NOT, a fan of hot dogs. At all really. But being a groupie and a foodie, I couldn't resist the urge to give HD1 a try.

From the outside it looks like a fancy, trendy (read: pricey) restaurant with funky architectural details, but when you walk in, it is super laid back with counter service, communal style dining and inexpensive eats. After skimming the menu board we placed our order with the uber pleasant young lady at the counter... Popped Sorghum, 1 Fennel dog and 1 Classic dog.

First the Popped Sorghum... I'm ashamed to say, I didn't know what it was. It's basically a grain that when popped looks like tiny popcorn... popcorn for barbie if you will, and it tastes like delicious kettle corn, salty and sweet, but better.

Next the 2 dogs...

The Classic Hot Dog with Sauerkraut & HD mustard and the Fennel sausage with San Marzano Ketchup, Fontina and grilled Radicchio

The Classic

The Fennel

Even as a hot dog hater, I have to admit, they were both delish. The buttery, toasted brioche New England style bun with house made condiments were perfect and the dogs had that perfect snap that every German likes to hear when eating a yummy sausage. No complaints at all, other than I wanted to try everything else on the menu.

*Side note for all the vegans and vegetarians... all dogs can be substitute for Sous vide Carrot(which I hear is delicious) or Veggie Frankfurter*

To our surprise, the Manager brought over some complimentary Chocolate Soft Serve Ice Cream with crushed Red Hots to make up for not having the beverage my friend ordered. I've had better desserts, but I still ate all the red hots off the top of the ice cream. I can imagine that it's a hit with kids.

All in all, HD1 is a cool, economical place (with GREAT service) to grab some creative food. I'm still not a fan of hot dogs, but I am I am fan of yummy eats, so I will definitely be back. Go check it out for yourself and let us know what you think!

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