101 Paterson Street
Open: Lunch and dinner, daily
Style: Large, upscale sports bar with game room and upstairs dining room, specializing in internationally inspired hot dogs and sausages with extensive toppings. The full bar offers exceptional cocktails and a sizeable craft beer list.
The Scoop: Destination Dogs has been a downtown staple since it opened in 2012 in a small space on Spring Street. In 2013, it moved to its current location, acquiring a liquor license.
The Menu: Take your pick of 34 travel-themed dogs with rib-tickling names (and flavors).The Conquistadog (pictured) tops a spicy chorizo sausage with fried potatoes, spicy mayo and scallions in a toasted flat-sided bun. The Hebrew Hammer, an all-beef kosher dog is topped with potato latkes, onions and spicy mustard. The Philly-inspired Rocky Bal-Boar-A loads wild boar sausage and sliced steak with cheese sauce, onions and peppers. The Guten Dog woofs up a bratwurst with sauerkraut, sautéed onions and spicy brown mustard. You can build your own delirious dog. Fun sides include deviled eggs, wings and something called patatas ridiculas.
Heads Up: Around the corner from the Middlesex County Courthouse, Destination Dogs offers a quick lunch if you’re on jury duty. Street parking can be hard to snag, but you can pay for parking at one of the two nearby public garages.—Shelby VittekClick here to leave a comment
What's a Quick Bite? Short takes on casual, affordable dining.
Ambience:Large, upscale sports bar with game room and upstairs dining room, specializing in internationally inspired hot dogs and sausages with extensive toppings.