Food Porn: Lagniappes Lucky Dogs

UPDATE: Lucky Dogs has since closed.

Last summer everyone’s favorite Allentown Cajun restaurant Lagniappes packed up their stuff and moved a block down the street to a bigger and better location (they also changed their name to Lagniappes French Quarter Cafe).  It was long over due, the indoor seating at their original location was way too small for their weekend crowds.  Trying to squeeze 20 people into that place on a snowy Saturday night was a dilemma.  But shortly after their move, a sign was propped up in the vacant building saying “Coming soon: Lucky Dogs”.  Without knowing anything else, I was excited.  Living in Allentown, there really isn’t a great hot dog source in the immediate area.  Yes, I realize there is the hot dog guy who is located next to the Pink on Friday and Saturday nights, and of course Louie’s is just a mile or two down Elmwood.  But I need something with-in walking distance of the Allen St. bars (and my house) and I would prefer it to not be a crappy 2$ dog from a random street vendor.

Quick Info:

  • Restaurant Type: Casual/Fast Food/Take-out
  • Cuisine: Hot Dogs
  • Price Range: Under $10

Fast forward to last week when Lucky Dogs finally opened their doors.  As of right now they are only open Thursday through Saturday, from 7 pm to 5 am.  They plan on extending their hours when summer comes around and expanding the menu to include a “special hot dog of the week”.  I’ve somehow managed to eat there 4 times in the last week, here’s my thoughts of this new restaurant.

I’ll admit that I was excited for Lucky Dogs solely on the basis that I had a new place to stumble to when I wanted to eat something at 2 am on Saturday night.  But my excitement goes beyond that, I’ve been watching a lot of Anthony Bourdain’s “No Reservations” lately and it seems like every other city in America has some awesome Hot Dog spot.  Now I love a good Sahlen’s dog just as much as the next person and I really enjoy Teds, Hot Dog Heaven, Louies, etc.  But all of those places serve up essentially the same thing with maybe an offer of a chili/feta combination or relish/onions to spice it up.  But I want a truly unique hot dog stand that will offer Fois Gras topped hot dogs, a true “Chicago” dog or even a hot dog with Kim Chi on top.

As of right now Lucky Dogs offer none of those things but they still have interesting and delicious combinations like the Holly Farms Guadalajara Dog (regular dog topped with relish, tomatoes, onions and sour cream).  Until last week I never knew that the combination of sour cream and hot dogs would be so delicious.  The hot dog’s on the menu take their name from various Allentown land marks, you can order the “Bricks Chicago Polish Dog” which is really a spicy sausage in a large roll with tomato, lettuce, onions, mustard and relish.

On top of hot dogs they also are serving up other drunken staples like French Fries, Onion Rings and Nacho’s.  I saw Tamales on their menu and decided try one for the first time (pictured in the photo gallery).  You have the option of having your Tamale covered in Chili and Cheese and I did exactly that.  In retrospect I wish they had cut open the corn husk before pouring the cheese/chili because it seemed pointless once I had to cut it open and eat it, I was basically throwing away a chili/cheese covered corn husk.  The Tamale inside, prepared down the street at French Quarter Cafe, was quiet delicious, though, and reminded me of corn bread.  Now I have no idea if thats what it should taste like as I’ve never had one before, but covering it in cheese sauce and chili really put it over the top.  I can definitely see this becoming one of my go to “drunk” meals.

For you vegans and vegetarians, worry not, they do service veggie dogs, veggie burgers and vegan bacon.  While Lucky Dogs isn’t perfect (they still are learning the menu) they are a great late night chow down addition to Allentown.  The staff has been nothing but friendly and the service has been fast.  As of right now they are not yet taking credit cards but that will change when spring comes around.  Also, they have taken out the tables form the location and just have a simple bar that wraps around the building (think Jim’s Steakout on Chippewa).

While their menu isn’t as adventurous as I’d like, I have faith that when they start doing things like “hot dog of the week” and really get into the rhythm of running the place, my dreams of elaborate/”gourmet” hot dogs will come true.

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