I adore The Dog of Nashville. They’re (surprisingly) super vegan-friendly and endlessly customizable. You can dine al fresco and happy hour is every day from 5:00 PM – close. Order the veggie dog on the sausage roll and top away to your heart’s content. The dog above is topped with ketchup, spicy brown mustard, raw onions, relish, and sauteed mushrooms. Now, the mushrooms (and other sauteed veggies) are not usually vegan–they’re prepared with butter. If you’re there early in the day, around when the place first opens, if you ask nicely they will cook them in oil for you, but this is not always possible as they prep all vegetables in the first few hours the place is open. I was lucky this time, but I have not managed to get butter-free mushrooms on any other visit.
If I can’t get sauteed veggies, I like to get sauerkraut. It doesn’t make for as nice a photo, since you can’t see anything underneath all that cabbage, but it makes for an excellent hot dog. You may have noticed my arsenal of condiments at the top of the picture: they have a variety of freshly-made condiments every day. Be sure to put some Dog Sauce on yours, it’s amazing and available in a pump near the soft drink dispenser. They also have a beer mustard that they make, but it’s insanely hot and I don’t like it all that much. Also, on this particular visit, they had a habanero-pineapple mustard. Talk about amazing!! I haven’t seen it since, but I’m sure it will be back again sometime. Their fries are truly excellent, and tie with Beyond the Edge for my favorite fries in town.
I’ve never had a hot dog here I didn’t like. I didn’t ask what brand they use, but they taste like LightLife Smart Dogs. They’re pretty small so get a side of fries or tater tots for maximum full-ness. And get creative with your toppings–in addition to what you see here, they have salsa, guacamole, pickle spears, jalapenos, refried beans (I don’t know their vegan status), diced tomatoes, shredded lettuce, sport peppers, and cucumbers. The Dog is perfect for right before or right after your movie at the Belcourt, or on those days you feel like window shopping in Hillsboro Village. Also, it’s a perfect place to take your omnivorous friends and relatives who are frightened of vegetables. Go there–you won’t regret it.
The Dog of Nashville
2127 Belcourt Avenue
Nashville, TN 37212
Website (it’s kind of hard to navigate)