Okay, with all the excitement about Qrunch burgers and Just Mayo, I almost forgot to tell you about a really cool restaurant I visited a few weeks ago. I’ve driven past it a million times, and I knew they had veggie dogs on the menu, but I just *finally* bothered to check and found out the veggie dogs are, indeed, VEGAN. So.
Of course I ordered the veggie dogs. I’m not sure if they make them in house or what, but they’re not like the standard rubbery pink kind. They have a more palatable texture, and the basic hotdoggy flavor. The dogs come in a square bun that kind of looks like two pieces of Texas toast, and it’s toasted on the flat grill. It’s wonderful.
So on this first trip I got a kraut dog. Then I read a review online and learned….
They use vegan chili for the chili dogs!!!!!!!! This was my first ever vegan chili dog that I didn’t have to make for myself at home. I was so excited. Oh, and the fries are very good, too. And besides having ketchup and mustard out, they provide vinegar and sriracha sauce. I loaded my fries with ketchup and vinegar and stuffed them in my chili dogs. It was very, very good.
So even though you kind of have to go to Yesterdog at least once in a while if you live in Grand Rapids, because that’s a thing here, I think Johnny B’z is going to give them some good competition, especially with the vegan crowd. Yesterdog’s veggie dog is just a bun with veggies in it. Johnny B’z gives you an actual veggie dog that also has veggies on it, and chili. If they add a vegan cheese to the toppings there will be no competition!
Well, I can think of three things they could do to really win over the hotdog-loving citizens of Grand Rapids:
1. Offer Frank’s Red Hot Sauce with the other condiments. The chili is good for someone who likes really mild foods, but Frank’s will take it to another level.
2. Please, please, please make the haystack onions vegan! Pleeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeaaaaaase. Thank you.
3. I’d pay an extra quarter if you spread margarine on my hotdog bun and sprinkled it with garlic powder before you toasted it. A chili dog in a garlic bread bun? That would magical.
Not to get too greedy or anything, though 🙂 I really loved my veggie dogs, and I hope to visit Jonny B’z again soon!