There are a trillion places in Montreal that offer dog in buns, but these dogs are bland, boring and so yesterday. These places keep recycling the same ideas as their neighbors. I can say off the top of my head, that there are not any places that go the extra mile in preparing an original and savory experience that is different from the rest. That’s when Dirty Dogs swoops in and pretty much annihilates any competition and saves the day.
Fred, Levi and Dave, the masterminds behind Dirty Dogs Montreal, noticed that there really was a demand in Montreal for a GREAT hot dog. The thing is these guys don’t fuck around. Want a hot dog with foie gras and 3 year aged cheddar? They got you. How about a dog with fried bacon and mac & cheese? Ohhh they thought of it too. But that’s just the toppings! The magic lies all in the sausage. These guys get all their sausages locally made with nothing but the finest ingredients because they care about what’s going into our bodies, except for the delicious calorie count, they don’t care about that but who does?
Dirty Dogs unfortunately doesn’t have a brick & motor location yet but they are very busy catering events in downtown Montreal eateries and feeding us with their amazing grub none the less. So I headed down to Madhatter’s Mansion on Crescent Street, where they were specially invited to take over the kitchen for that Saturday night and perhaps for the rest of the summers weekends schedule.
After inspecting the menu I noticed the amazing group of ingredients the guys put together for each bun. Each hot dog is inspired and named after a famous person. So I decided to go with the legendary Le Maurice Richard. If you are hungry right now, please continue reading because this Dirty Dog was epic. The sausage consisted of a mix of Veal, Truffle and Porto with toppings of Fried Maple Bacon, Caramelized Onions, 3 Year Aged Cheddar, Seared Foie Gras and yes….Maple Syrup all in a toasted poppy seed bun. This creation was everything I imagined and more! It was simply delicious. The saltiness of the foie gras and bacon complimented the sweetness of the caramelized onion and maple syrup. I was afraid that the Veal dog would be dry and would be lost in the toppings but I was surprisingly wrong. The juicy meaty flavor of the still sizzling veal, truffle and porto sausage really stood out against the other meaty toppings. The mild 3 year aged cheddar melted over the sizzling dog and went so well with the sweetness of the maple syrup. I loved everything about this dog, it was genius. That is definitely the winner on the menu in my books and at only 12 bucks that is a steal.
The second Dirty Dog we chose to try was Le Morgan Freeman. The sausage filling consisted of spicy jalapeno and gooey warm cheddar with toppings of pulled pork, pickles, grilled onions and a drizzle of mustard. As soon as you bite into this dog, the flavor of cheddar and jalapeno pops into your mouth. These two flavors go so well together in a sausage and I can see now why the rest of the toppings, not to take away from the dog, were less impacting on the perfect duo flavor of the sausage. I could literally eat this dog without any toppings. It was fabulous. But I am a huge pulled pork fan and throwing that on my Dirty Dog was just plain filthy. It was sweet and salty and screamed flavor. The tangy mustard and pickle slices complimented the sweetness of the pork but what I would have loved to see was more maple syrup! Just playing…but can’t blame this Canadian boy for trying. As if we weren’t spoiled enough with these deliciously filthy Dirty Dogs, you have the choice to get Duck Fried Fries as a side! At 3 bucks, it’s definitely worth a try.
Although Dirty Dogs doesn’t have a permanent location or food truck….yet. They would definitely have the work cut out for food trucks like SO6 and Chaud Dogs, which in my opinion, are quite disappointing so far. The quality of the local ingredients used in each Dirty Dog and the price tag to go along with each one, is a bargain at 6-12$. I would love to see these guys get a food truck out on our streets. I know for a fact it would be an instant hit. If you would like to give these Dirty Dogs a try, please support and like them on Facebook at Dirty Dogs Montreal for all the news and to look out for their next event in our city! Because once you go Dirty Dog, you ain’t going back.
Cover photo cred - Shots MTL