I’ve been known to eat my way through my travels. It might be the number one reason I leave the tri-state area. (No shame) When I read the bios for the owners of Destination Dogs I kind of feel like I know these guys, (or maybe I should) since we seem to share some common life/food motives. Before my days of globetrotting began, my friends and family often ventured to New Brunswick for a mini-city destination. It offered a University-friendly bar and restaurant scene while providing just enough city grime and a plethora of venues to entertain the Rutgers students and beyond.
So what is Destination Dogs? I was last here in 2010, and what used to be a drab and common watering hole has now turned into a kitsch concept yet to be done in Dirty-Jerz.
Priding themselves on “Gourmet sausages inspired by the world’s best cuisines,” This bar serves delicious micro-brews with a menu choc-full o’ comforting appetizers and hot-dogs you can order straight off the menu. Feeling like a pain-in the ass? No worries, DD gives you an option to “Pilot” your own dog to your liking!
Each Ready-To-Eat dog attempts a unique experience of toppings indigenous to various exotic lands. I would have loved to be a fly on the wall for the menu’s brain storming session! Pictured Below: The Slumdog Meal-ionaire (Inspiration: India) Note the corresponding acronyms of each airport next to all of the dogs from different lands.
Since my cousin Kristen (a local nurse at RWJ and DD patron) frequents this joint “on the reg” along with a lot of RWJ’s staff, I let her drive and call the shots on the order. She knows my vegetarian parameters in a restaurant whose concept is based around animal links and bi-products. I started off with their delicious deviled eggs, duck fat fries (shhhhh not vegetarian friendly but daaayum good) and later moved on to their “SLUMDOG MEAL-IONAIRE” featuring a veggie dog with samosa topping (ie. potato log) topped with red curry-sauce and scallions. I appreciated the Indian-flare but it was a little on the dryer side. An extra red-curry sauce was necessary. (Next time PeanutPimpMama will be building her own hydrated dog.)
They get an A+ for the homemade chips= thick and crunchy yum yumzz!
Since I knew this would be one of my last NJ dining experiences for a while (Insert sad face here) I decided to go the distance. After the eggs, fries and dog I ordered their cheese tasting. While the local cheese selection was absolutely appropriate, no missing accoutrement went unnoticed. The plate came out half dressed with the selection of domestic cheeses, some apple slices and bread. They were out of olives, plus I had to ask for my side of cornichons. I felt the bread was a bit redundant considering I just downed an entire dog with it. Perhaps a lighter and less voluminous cracker could have substituted nicely? Also, taking into consideration the sharpness of the cheeses a spread was needed. I’m glad I requested a side of the spicy brown mustard… DD, I take my cheese plates seriously!
Nothing washes down cheese like a St. Feuillien Belgian Saison in a can.
For another “culinary experience on a bun” I shall return!
Address: 101 Patterson St. New Brunswick, NJ 08901 Phone: (732)993-1016
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