Underdogs Goes Late

Oh, and while we’re on the topic of late-night hours, places to get hot dogs and stuff that happened over the weekend, Meal Ticket got word on Friday that Underdogs–the gourmet subterranean tubesteak joint was going to start serving ’til 4am on the weekends–which means one more place to score a decent feed after last call in this town.

I got owner Robert Amar on the phone this afternoon and he told me that the first weekend went really well–even if most of the crowd that rolled in late were servers, bartenders, bouncers, cooks, valet guys. “Industry guys,” according to Amar, who was plenty happy to see them and hopes that the civilians will soon follow in their footsteps.

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First Bite: Underdogs, the New Hot Dog Spot on 17th Street

Today I lunched at Underdogs, the just opened subterranean hot dog joint by restaurant veteran Robert Amar. Underdogs offers sub-$5 hot dogs with classic and haute toppings. The spot also offers more fanciful fare like lamb sausage, chorizo and even buffalo chicken sausage.

Today I ordered a haute dog combo, The Special included a 100% all beef Dietz and Watson hot dog topped with pepper hash and Russian dressing. The combo also includes a soda, regular fries and dipping sauce for $6.50.

It was a legitimate hot dog with good snap and a bun that managed to be more substantial than your typical hot dog bun but without overwhelming the ingredients. The pepper hash and Russian dressing played well with each other and gave just enough of the peppery spice I was craving.

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Underdogs Coming to 17th Street

A hotdog spot is coming to 132 S 17th Street, the former home of Argan Moroccan Cuisine will be opening as Underdogs on March 1st. Obviously getting its name from the subterranean storefront it will occupy, restaurant veteran Robert Amar will be running the venture and will be focusing on highlighting local sausage stars like Czerw’s and Martin’s.

Check out the YouTube video for an odd look of what is to come.

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