Hawt Dog & Sausage Eatery opens in Cherry Creek

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Lori Midson
"No self-respecting Cherry Creek snob would go to someplace named 'Wrap Dawgs,'" wrote a frequent Cafe Society commenter when I announced that a new hot dog joint, whose name was Wrap Dawgs, planned to open at Second and St. Paul.

"Yeah...that. Our original plan was to open near college campuses, and we wanted a rap theme, which is why we initially chose that name, but there probably isn't a lot of rap in Cherry Creek, so we changed the name," explains managing partner Jeremy Mayer, who began doling out his dough-wrapped "hawt" dogs last week. "We're calling our dogs 'hawt' instead of 'hot,' because there's a lot of spice to our food and because 'hawt' means having a good time, and we've created a cool ambience to hang out, watch TV and eat really good food."

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Lori Midson
The hot dogs and sausages, most of which are procured from Tonali's Meats and Continental Sausage, which also supplies Biker Jim's, Uber Sausage and Rock-N-Dogs, are grilled, stuffed, rolled in fresh dough from City Bakery and baked -- and if nothing else, the formula guarantees a dog that doesn't drip, drool or leave anything behind on the plate. "That's what it's all about: taking it up a level by stuffing everything in the bread until it's hot and golden brown and nothing falls out, which is something you don't see very often in the hot dog world," says Mayer. "Regular hot dogs, he adds, are "hard to eat, they fall apart, or the bread isn't good, but you won't get any of that with these dogs. We wanted to think outside the box."

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Lori Midson
His sausages -- spicy andouille; chicken apple and garlic; hot Italian pork; Santa Fe turkey sausage; pork-and-beef smoked Polish sausage; a smoked buffalo cheddar and jalapeno brat; an Avalanche ale pork brat; and a tofurkey sausage, along with a Hebrew National all-beef dog -- are all dolled up with everything from a Cajun shrimp jambalaya to burrata to shaved pastrami and roasted garlic. "Aside from the sausages and dogs, nearly everything is made in-house -- the dressings, the croutons, all of the sauces, chips and tater tots, and we're spicing the pickles and will eventually start pickling our own," says Mayer, adding that the majority of his products are all local. "We like keeping it in the 'hood."

And in April, when Mayer gets his liquor license, that locality will expand to beer: "I know Brian, the owner of Renegade Brewing Company, and I love their beers, so we're going to have a bunch of their beers on tap as soon as we get our liquor license, which should be in April."

The Cherry Creek store, Mayer says, is one of many that he hopes to open across Colorado. "We opened this as a footprint for many more to come."

For more information, call 303-355-4296.



Location Info

The Hawt Dog & Sausage Eatery

3030 E. 2nd Ave., Denver, CO

Category: Restaurant

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15 comments
pho_king_amazing
pho_king_amazing

Menu looks great. My only gripe is their choice to go with Hebrew National dogs. I think either Sabretts or Nathans would have been a better choice.

Jessicaleeangell
Jessicaleeangell

Bring the HAWT to FLORIDA!!!!! Yum! I want to try those tots & brats!!!

JLR
JLR

Without vegetarian options this place will never survive in Cherry Creek North.

Jeff
Jeff

You would think for Cherry Creek North they would have gone with "Haute Dog"

Lori Midson
Lori Midson

Thanks for the heads-up, Greg. I'll check it out.

Barslinger
Barslinger

Can't wait to check it out.........I know that Tonali's carries great, high quality product and many of the top local chef's and restaurants use their products. CCN needs to get off its high horse and have a good hot/hawt dog joint.

rain
rain

We've had upscale peanut-butter and jelly sandwiches, upscale mac 'n' cheese, and upscale grilled cheese sandwiches, so why not upscale pigs in a blanket?

Barrfly2
Barrfly2

I don't even know where to start with this one....

Jeremy Mayer
Jeremy Mayer

awesome - swing on in and ask for me buddy, would love to buy you lunch..

Jeremy Mayer
Jeremy Mayer

Hi Barfly, come on in  - ask for me and I would love to buy you lunch..

Bolex16
Bolex16

Menu looks great can't wait to try it! It sounds like gourmet French style hot dogs or Puka dogs on steroids! Which to me equals awesome!...

Bolex16
Bolex16

Menu looks great can't wait to try it! It sounds like gourmet French style hot dogs or Puka dogs on steroids! Which to me equals awesome!...

Bolex16
Bolex16

Menu looks great can't wait to try it! It sounds like gourmet French style hot dogs or Puka dogs on steroids! Which to me equals awesome!...

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