Are you one of those people who likes to load up your hot dog with so many toppings that you end up having to eat it with a knife and fork because it all falls apart? Well, join the club because I am too. The toppings make the hot dog more of a meal and something special, but a typical hot dog bun can’t hold up.
Enter delidogs. This new concept may soon be coming to every street or mall corner, but it will first be tested out in Jackson Hole. Opening this Saturday to the public in a corner of the White Buffalo Club on Millward and Gill streets, delidogs aims to be the next great food chain.
General Manager and part owner Ryan Knaeble has been working on the concept and testing recipes for months. The first few weeks he is open, he is really considering more of a customer feedback period where he plans to poll customers on their favorite toppings and fine-tune his toppings and offerings.
“We will welcome constructive criticism,” he said. “We are experimenting with a lot of things and hope to get feedback about what people like and want.”
The concept for delidogs is pretty simple. Order either a beef, buffalo or veggie dog, place it on a warmed pita bun and then the fun begins. There is a topping bar with as many as 15 offerings including spicy egg salad, chicken salad (which Knaeble said is surprisingly good with a hot dog) and many specialty mixtures such as firery feta and broccoli salad. He said his favorite to date has been the salami jack salad, which contains a mixture of salami, jack cheese, roasted artichokes and roasted tomatoes.
Once the dog is complete with the toppings and condiments (which also include a chipotle sauce, a jerk ketchup and tzatziki sauce) the dog is wrapped and weighed and you are set to go. Price depends on weight and can range from $5 to $10 depending on how many toppings you pile on. There is a small counter where you can eat on site, or you could enjoy the delidog outside across the street in Miller Park.
Knaeble said, “We aim to have you in and out in just minutes.”
In addition to the dogs, people can also grab salads and toppings to go like a traditional deli. Containers will be weighed and offered to go for people on the run.
delidogs will open to the public this Saturday and be open from 11 a.m. till 7 p.m. daily for the summer. This winter, they may offer breakfast as well.