At a recent food event at the LA Times, I managed to sample (read: GORGE UNABASHEDLY) some offerings from local hot dog impresario Dog Haus, and needless to say, I was hooked. Imagine my delight when I was invited to a media-comped lunch at Dog Haus this past weekend. Normally, I wouldn’t trek all the way out to Pasadena for a hot dog — not even a super tasty one nestled comfortably in a warm Hawaiian roll — but as luck would have it, I was in the area to visit the Eat My Blog bake sale (which raised over $5,000 for Philippines — woohoo!). It was as if the hot dog stars had aligned.

After the jump, check out some pics of the hot dogs that my friend Jessica and I enjoyed in the Dog Haus biergarten…

The biergarten, located in cute, cozy Old Town Pasadena.

Naturally, I gave the place the Cat Paint treatment.

A view of the tables. It was actually very relaxing and serene, and if I didn’t have to go feed my meter, Jessica and I noted that we would have hung out there for an hour or two drinking beers. OH WELL.

Oh yeah. The food. This is what we ordered. Shall we take a tour of the items?

This is actually a sausage, NOT a hot dog. And it was delicious. Called the “One Night In Bangkok,” it’s an Asian-themed offering involving red curry and a whole bunch of other things. I think it’s the same thing I had at the LA Times events. Mahvellous. Everyone order this. And for you Food Network Star junkies, you should know that former contestant Adam Gertler is making sausages for Dog Haus; so if this meal makes you feel like Bob Tuschman or Susie Fogelson, now you know why.

And now an actual hot dog: the Scott Baioli. Major bonus points for punniness. Anyway, this new hot dog in the neighborhood comes with caramelized onions, white American cheese, bacon, and garlic aioli. Not as good as the One Night In Bangkok, but still very tasty. Side note: be sure to order the Scott Baioli Eggert-style. I don’t know what will happen, but I’m hopeful it will involve a fried egg.

For more traditionalists, one can also simply build a hot dog. That’s what Jessica did. She went for a more classic combo of American cheese, onions, ketchup and mustard. Success all around. The only thing missing: a good pop culture pun.

Tater tots. Never forget the tater tots.

One happy guy.

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