I am not a big hot dog person, but Richard loves, loves, loves hot dogs. On a recent trip from El Paso to Durango, I got Richard’s full attention when I suggested a quick detour from our roadtrip. Yep, his eats definitely perked up when I told him about Urban Hotdog Company in Albuquerque.
Albuquerque was right on our way, and we timed it so that we pulled into the parking lot at 11am. It was a little hard to find but was definitely worth the effort. We were the first customers of the day, but this is clearly a popular place as many people came in after we did.
Urban Hotdog Company has a really neat menu. They have some traditional dogs and other sausage sandwiches but also offer lots of unique takes on the dig. In addition, there are some interesting sandwich variations for non-hot-dog lovers like me (with more to come soon, per the owner). There also are fries with several interesting flavor varieties.
Richard wanted to be pretty traditional on this trip so he went with the NYC, the Polish, and the Plain and Simple Fries. I went with the Curry. We both got a small drink. We placed our order with the nice, friendly gal at the counter and then found a seat.
As we got our drinks and waited for our food, we admired the decor. It was modern, edgy, and functional and hip. Richard felt like this place would be at home in Brooklyn and that it had a much more sophisticated feel than would be expected from its suburban shopping center location.
Order up! And our food was brought out to us by the owner himself! He was great and told us about how he opened the restaurant two years ago and how they are still trying out new menu items. We saw him talking to everyone that came in.
And how was the food? Oh so tasty! My non-dog sandwich was an interesting mixture of marinated and grilled tofu served with green curry vegetables, chopped peanuts and cilantro all on a nice poppy seed bun. It was really good! Richard loved his NYC-style dog with spicy brown mustard, sauerkraut, and onions as well as his Polish sausage sandwich. He said that the mustard was good and the rolls were very high quality. He is very particular about his hot dogs and sausage and was very pleased with how nicely these were prepared. He was offered the addition of sauerkraut to the Polish and said that he can highly recommend this addition. Richard said that the fries were quite good and they, like everything else, came out hot from the kitchen. Richard did say that the NYC dog was not 100% authentic because the hot dog used wasn’t a Sabrett but it was excellent-tasting none-the-less.
We look forward to some additional roadtrip stops to the Urban Hotdog Company. These future trips will give him the chance to try out some if the more unique dog offerings such as the Crunchy Onion and the Spicy Rooster. And I gotta say, I was so pleased with the non-dog menu items. They really had something for everybody in a wonderful, casual setting.
Urban Hotdog Company is located in Paradise Hills, 10250 Cottonwood Park NW Suite 400H Albuquerque, NM 87114