It’s not news that Richard Blais, our Atlanta Top Chef + Top Chef Masters celeb chef, opened a hot dog joint called HD1 (Haute Doggery), but what IS news (at least to me) is how enjoyable the HD1-experience was to someone who is honestly not that into the hot dog thang.
HD1 is situated next to Pura Vida and San Fran Coffee in between Ponce de Leon and North Ave. on North Highland. I think it’s a brilliant location pulling from the Poncey-Highlands hipsters, the Virginia Highlands college kids, the Fernbank area families, and the Little Five and Candler Park folks. Kev and I visited HD1 on Sunday afternoon around 1:30 p.m. and it was P.A.C.K.E.D. Admittedly, I was shocked by how popular it seemed to be.
Location, Location, Location – right? Right.
A glimpse at HD1′s elaborate hot dog menu…
We found two cozy seats set aside from the otherwise communal seating, and were greeted by a pleasantly laid-back waitress who took our drink orders and informed us about her favorite HD1 dogs. We perused the menu for a bit, and I frequently looked up to see Kev’s eyes get wider and wider. Everything we were reading sounded more and more decadent and delicious than the former! Eventually, we settled on a few things.
We started with the HD Waffle Fries with maple-oy sauce.
They were different.
I found the maple-oy sauce to be pretty overpowering, and wished that we would have just ordered the plain waffle fries and soaked them in good ol’ fashioned ketchup. Now we know…
Next, we moved on to THESE. Beef ‘n pork wieners served on toasted sweet Ghana rolls.
From left to right – The Whiz: cheese sauce + shoestring frites (my fav.)/ Eastbound and Down: Carolina pulled pork, sweet mustard slaw + mop sauce (Kev’s fav.)/ Plain Jane: HD mustard, ketchup, sweet relish + onion.
Kev and I both agreed that the hot dogs were delicious and definitely creative, but the sweet Ghana rolls were really what made the major difference for us! Y-U-M!
Other hot dogs that we thought sounded great:
- Chow-down: chow-chow + brown mustard.
- Freemont St.: garlic cream cheese + red onion-tomato salad.
- Kenturkey: turkey sausage, tomato-pimento marmalade, mornay, bacon + parmesan.
See the full HD1 menu HERE!
Although we’d stuffed ourselves with hot dogs, we HAD to try the Caramel Popcorn Vanilla Soft Serve at the end of our meal.
It was out-of-this-world good!
We had such a fun time at HD1. The food was an interesting change up to an otherwise potentially boring Sunday lunch. While I might not want to eat hot dogs every weekend (Kev disagrees with me on that point), I would absolutely bring out-of-towners and first-timers to HD1 to show it off. And, next time I’m definitely trying the Kenturkey.
So, about that wedding diet…
664 Highland Avenue NE
Atlanta, GA 30306
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