June 30, 2010

Hot Dog and Fries at Papulo Dogs

Update: Papulo Dogs has since gone out of business.

Rating: □ 3.7 / 5 ”Good hot dog, great fries, amazing service”

Head’s up, Paulie’s Hot Dogs, there’s another hot dog shop in town. Papulo Dogs is serving up Hawaiian influenced dogs topped with some fresh new ingredients. All dogs (beef $, veggie $$, buffalo $$$) are served with homemade chips or for a bit extra, sweet potato fries. We’ll talk more about the fries later.

The Santa Cruz dog is topped with a 3-cheese blend, chopped cucumber, sliced tomato, spinach, chipotle red pepper cream sauce, caramelized onions, sliced avocado and a julienned fried egg.

Modern gourmet hot dog joints are known for combining odd foods together on one bun, but the fried egg strip was very out of place with the otherwise nutritious ingredients on the Santa Cruz. Similarly, the caramelized onion was a good thought, but I’d wager that raw onions would have fit in better with this fresh topping medley. I also found no signs of the “3-cheese blend.”  The dog was decent, but it will make you wonder “why” quite often.

They also chose to toast the prepared dog in an oven just before serving (and from the looks of it, they  toast every dog). The slightly crunchy bread wasn’t as enjoyable as the soft, fresh, bready pillow of a standard hot dog bun.

Now on to what really made this $7.75 lunch worthwhile – sweet potato fries, possibly the best in town with an array of spicy dipping sauces. Crispy on the outside, warm and soft on the inside, just the way you like ‘em. Pair this with the sauce of your choice on tap and they’re tough to beat.

Chipotle red pepper cream sauce: decent on the dog, not so much on the fries.
Curry Ketchup: decent on the fries, decent on the dog.
Passion Fruit Wasabi Mustard: great on the fries, not so great on the dog.

The fries were more enjoyable than the hot dog, but it was an overall good meal. The service was outstanding (kind, friendly, prompt) and that’s not always easy to find in Downtown Bozeman these days.

Reviewed by Craig Dugas

Afterthoughts: I could be wrong, but I believe Paulie’s stopped carrying vegetarian hot dogs, making Papulo Dogs the place to go if you’re in search of a vegetarian-friendly establishment. Paulie’s still has the edge price-wise as they toss in a fountain drink for about the same price.