Dat Dog in New Orleans- Hot Dogs With a Twist

What is the one thing that is one every parent’s mind when traveling?

Food!

At least for me it is. My kids are super picky eaters so making sure they eat at restaurants that will be fun for them is a big deal for me.

Even though I was looking for kid friendly grub I still wanted to keep up with the New Orleans traditional cooking. So after a lot of searching online I found Dat Dog restaurants.

dat dog

Just the name alone was a deal breaker for me. What kid doesn’t love hot dogs. However, after studying their menu I also realized they serve a lot local style hot dogs.

Dat Dog has three different locations. All three are located in super convenient spots, this way you can always find one close by. After talking to Chelsea, from Dat Dog, we decided on Magazine Street location which is in the Garden District.

One thing about New Orleans, it is too easy to get stuck only in the French Quarters. So venturing out to a new area was part of the fun of getting there. We took the street car trolley that is $1.25 each way and a great way to get around New Orleans – which by the way is a lot bigger than it seems.

new orleans street trolley

Quick note: if you take the trolley make sure you have a chance to walk around on Magazine Street. It is one of the cutest streets full of cute stores and pubs.

Dat Dog restaurants is one of those places that finding it on the internet simply doesn’t give it the true essence of what the place is all about.

If I can describe it in one word I would say: CHARACTER.

This place was full of it. The building and the outside garden (which is huge) was so colorful and fun.

The counter, where you order your food, was also super colorful and made me feel I was on some Caribbean island. The staff was so friendly, fun and accommodating to everything my picky-eating four year old kid wanted without making me feel bad for his odd requests.

dat dog new orleans - counter

Photo Fun of Dat Dog, New Orleans

However, my ten year old is always my measuring stick of how good a place is. And lately he’s been totally open to trying foods that even I can’t bring myself to eat.

For instance, he devoured the Alligator Sausage.

dat dog - hungry boy

Loved the Duck Sausage with blackberry sauce.

dat dog - duck sausage

And had a blast eating the Bacon Werewolf

dat dog - bacon werewolf dog

Yes, he had three HUGE hot dogs.

I got to nibble on some of the ones before he inhaled them, but I loved their original styled french fries.

Crawfish Etouffee fries

dat dog - crawfish etouffee fries

Bacon and Ranch Fries

dat dog - bacon and ranch fries

Chili Fries

dat dog - chili fries

For the prices you pay, you get so much food. The hot dogs are huge, the fries dishes are fantastic and the ambiance is fun.

Definitely one of the best restaurant experiences we had during our entire trip.

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About Marina Kuperman Villatoro

Marina Kuperman Villatoro CEO of TravelExperta.com, a travel resource site to inspire families to travel with kids of all ages. Marina has been an expat 10+ years in Central America raising 2 boys in a multicultural, trilingual household. She travels all over the world with her family to give first hand experiences of where to eat, stay and play with kids. Needless to say, it’s never boring! Join Marina on Facebook and Twitter for more unique and boutique family travel!

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