Tuesday, June 3, 2008

Hot Diggity Dog

I went to a Red Sox game last month in Boston and ate my first Fenway Frank. I got to thinking about the large number of of hot dog shacks that have risen out of the woodwork in the past few years. Luckily, for South Floridians there is the Dogma Grill.
Lets get down to the basics here: an all beef hot dog, poppy seed roll, and 15 variations of toppings. Not enough? How about a turkey or veggie dog instead of the beef? I go for the New York City Dog which is a beef dog on the poppy seed roll with brown mustard and sauerkraut. If the 15 variations are not enough, they will be happy to create one of your own choice. They do hot dogs right here with all natural fresh ingredients.

I originally went to the shack on Biscayne Boulevard and 71st Street in Miami about five years ago for their outstanding chili. This chili is not traditional style which is normally hearty and chunky. Dogma's chili is smooth and creamy with a consistency of a thick paste. They top it with onions, tomatoes, sour cream, cheese, and fresh jalapeƱos.

For sides, they offer: Onion rings, french-fries, or homemade chips, plain, or topped with chili, cheese, and/or garlic. The garlic is fresh and liberally applied. I like garlic best on the chips. for a unique libation, they offer a homemade mint lemonade which is simply delicious.

Since my first visit, they have expanded to three locations, North Miami, Ft. Lauderdale, and the original in Miami. The prices are fairly reasonable, averaging about $4 for a well equipped dog or a bowl of chili, and about $2-3 for fries and the lemonade. I now frequent the Ft. Lauderdale location on Federal Highway and SE Ninth Street.

Pay Dogma Grill a visit and see if their "Frank Philosophy" is for you. They are open from 11am to 8pm in most locations.

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