Today is #NationalHotDogDay and naturally, we went to Pugels, located on 3502 N. St. Marys St. Pugel’s San Antonio Hot Dogs opened in May 20, 2015 and has been raising the bar for all hot dogs, even the hot dogs at the infamous New York City trolleys. The Original San Antonio Hot Dog House, located at 1218 W. Bitters Rd., is the Pugel’s families first restaurant. Since we caught a glimpse of the hot dogs from the second eatery, it’s been on our list and today we made it.
While we were taking a picture of the logo of Pugel’s outside for Snapchat (TwentySA), the door was opened for us and our drink orders were taken immediately, even with several other tables occupied. The customer service was on point and made the hot dog joint 100 times better.
Alyssa ordered the Carolina Dog – a hot dog topped with homemade chili, chopped onion and cole slaw. Was that enough toppings? Definitely not. You can add extras at Pugel’s including cheese, bacon bits, sauerkraut, grilled onions, mushrooms, cole slaw, onion rings, bacon and avocado. Alyssa topped the Carolina dog with fresh slices of beautifully colored avocados.
I’m not the biggest fan of hot dogs, however, I was ready to try Pugel’s dogs. Once I saw the turkey dog, I immediately ordered that for my L.A. Dog. The L.A. dog is wrapped in bacon – in this case a turkey dog wrapped in bacon – avocado, jalapeños and mustard.
While we were ordering, our waiter, Ryan, mentioned the Chicago Style dog was aesthetically pleasing and with a poppy seed bun, yellow mustard, chopped onions, tomato wedges, pickle spears, sport peppers, sweet pickle relish and celery sauce, how could it not be? Who knew you could pile on so many ingredients on a hot dog!
All of Pugel’s food is made in-house; nothing frozen here. The buns are also purchased from a local bakery and garden or turkey dogs are available for no extra cost. Even though it’s not always officially National Hot Dog Day, it definitely is at Pugel’s.
What’s your favorite hot dog topping?