So I was thrilled when a new hot dog place came to town. It set up in one of San Ramon's many strip malls. It's located just a few blocks off the main freeway (Highway 580). From the outset, you can tell that this place was unique. The look of it is a little retro, 1950s-diner appeal. However, it's new, shiny, and sleek. They offer tables outside, and the whole place just feels hip and fun.
The minute you walk in, you feel this is going to be a fun meal. The staff is friendly and welcoming. You may want to step back and review the menu. They have a lot of dogs and wursts on the overhead menu. They also have fun drinks like Nehi Grape, Squirt, and Creme Sodas in the bottle. They even have a selection of wines and beer.
The last time we went, I ordered a bratwurst. I have to admit that I did not like it as well as the hot dogs I have had here. The dogs are cooked on the grill (not steamed) and have that nice crisp snap when you bite into them.
The condiments are all set up at the pick-up point, and you can fix your own dog just the way you like it. They offer a variety of mustards.
Several of the gang ordered the garlic fries. I am not a fan of garlic fries, so I did not try them. However, I was told that they were excellent.
The place is very clean and the staff seems to take great pride in keeping it that way.
On the last visit, we had five kids with us, and the manager came around with free ice cream for everyone at the end of the meal. It was a very friendly and fun offering, and we all were impressed by being offered anything for free!
This is a simple place: hot dogs, chips, fries, and drinks. However, if you keep it simple and do it right, the crowds will come to you. It looks like Dog Out is a winner. It's only been open a year now, and the crowds have found this place. This has probably the best hot dog in the area!
July 10, 2005
From journal Living in the shadow of Mt. Diablo