Showdogs Gourmet Hot Dogs – San Francisco – Review

Last Saturday we found ourselves on Market Street, near the Tenderloin, in San Francisco looking for a place to eat, and chanced upon Showdogs Gourmet Hot Dogs. As we had three non-gourmet kids on tow, I was a little reluctant to eat at a place where hot dogs cost about $6-9, but the kids were starving so we figured we might as well give it a try. I’m glad we did, while expensive, the hot dogs were very good and clearly made with good ingredients. They were a bit on the small side for the price, but perhaps it seemed so because we were all so hungry.
Aegea, a 6 yo, had a plain hot dog and while I didn’t get to taste it, she thought it was very good. Of course, she’s not that picky. Camila and Mika (5 & 8 yo) had the chicken apple sausage, which came covered with an apple chutney. They didn’t like the chutney (it was too sour), but they loved the sausage itself. And indeed, they were very good – with fresh and distinctive flavors. Mika covered hers with ketchup, though, which I thought was a sin.
I had the wild board sausage, which came with some other type of chutney (this one was pretty sweet) and micro arugula. I also was very impressed. The sausage was perhaps a little mild in flavor, though the charred parts were bursting with it, and the chutney complimented the sausage very well. The arugula offered a refreshing contrast.
We also ordered onion rings, and they were some of the best we’ve ever had. They were thin, lightly crusted in a glutten free batter and sprinkled with salt – they were very flavorful.
In all, it was a very good meal and I’d recommend it for a hot dog treat.
Showdogs Gourmet Hot Dogs
1020 Market St
San Francisco, CA
(415) 558-9560
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