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Who let the dogs out? Popular hotdog outfit to open first standalone restaurant

Who let the dogs out? Popular hotdog outfit to open first standalone restaurant

Jack McLaughlin

Tasty Dawg, the popular new spot for unique and indulgent hot dogs, is expanding from virtual kitchen to actual kitchen.

The concept—created by Tom Dailey and Sung Jin Pak, the owners of several Columbus Zoup! locations as well as Tasty Main Catering—opened late last year as a virtual kitchen, slinging unique and indulgent hot dog recipes. They operated out of the local restaurateurs’ Arena District Zoup! location, and customers were able to place orders online with options for either delivery or pickup. 

And while you’ll still be able to enjoy Tasty Dawg this way, the eatery will also be opening their very first brick and mortar restaurant early this summer at 107 S. High St., although no hard deadline has been set.

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This central downtown location puts the new eatery in the vicinity of capital square, Columbus Commons, and the Scioto Mile.

It also allows patrons to enjoy Tasty Dawg at an on-site dining room for the first time ever, with the newly refurbished High Street location able to seat 44 diners at a time.

And in case you needed a refresher, Tasty Dawg is home to signature items such as the Philly Dawg (roasted red peppers, house-roasted mushrooms, crispy onions, and melted provolone served on a steamed Bavarian pretzel roll) or the South of the Border Dawg (shredded lettuce, fire-roasted corn, pico de gallo, avocado mash, shredded cheddar, fresh cilantro, crispy jalapenos, and crema sauce, served on a pretzel roll as well). The eatery also features a handful of hearty sides like mac and cheese, chili, tots, and Ohio Amish country coleslaw, in addition to an array of premium ice cream for dessert.

“We wanted to create a fun, casual concept to celebrate the hot dog, one of America’s favorite eats,” Dailey said of the concept. “Everything about our Tasty Dawgs will be special, from the oversized, 100% all-beef grilled kosher franks made from select cuts of beef to the steamed Bavarian pretzel rolls.”

And now you’ll soon be able to enjoy each of these special aspects of the new Columbus eatery in person as well. Summer can’t come soon enough.

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