You’d expect a selection of beers at a hotdog joint named the Dog House Deli, but mimosas? You can get a hotdog any way you can imagine — and a mimosa, too — at this Pensacola Beach, Fla., favorite.
Truth be told, not many customers pair champagne and orange juice with a Dawg’s Mexican Mongral (soft bun, excellent hotdog, chili, cheese, jalapenos, onions and house-made picante sauce) or a Dana Dog (soft bun, excellent hotdog, sauerkraut, dill relish, spicy brown mustard and onions).
They’re more likely to sip a mimosa while sampling the breakfast menu that offers shrimp and grits accented with mushrooms, tomatoes and green onions; gouda grits; crawfish andouille burritos with scrambled eggs; or sweet potato pancakes.
About those sweet potato pancakes – owner Nathan Holler dresses them up with caramelized bananas or pecans and adds a serving of grilled boudin sausage, pulling the boudin out of its casing and letting it get a bit crisp on the griddle.
(Holler’s particular about his ingredients because his boudin is from the Best Stop Supermarket in Scott, La.)
Of course, hotdogs are the mainstay of the Dog House Deli. Holler says he and his hard-working staff – which sometimes includes his Energizer Bunny mother, Sharon – serve 1,600 links a week out of this tiny 27-seat restaurant, so, yes, it can get crowded.
“There can be a line of people out the door, but everyone seems to find a seat,” Holler said.
It’s certainly in an innocuous location in a retail strip that includes offices for resort condo rentals and a laundromat. More important, however, is that the white sands of Gulf Islands National Seashore are just down the road.
The Dog House Deli on Pensacola Beach opened in 2009, the offspring of the original Dog House Deli, about nine miles away across the Pensacola Bay Bridge in downtown Pensacola. Holler’s father opened that location in 1977, which was many, many hotdogs ago.