Local Eats: Dirt Dog

Dirt Dog Las Vegas

There was a time in my life when I consumed hot dogs regularly. They were considered smart people food. My consumption of hot dogs has greatly decreased since moving to Las Vegas. A small part of the reason is that there are many other options.

The main reason that I rarely eat hot dogs in Las Vegas is that the quick bites aren’t the snappy Sabrett dirty water dogs I grew up with. The dirty water dogs in Las Vegas just aren’t the same. The fancy hot dogs are usually just a bit too fancy. Additionally, they often use those same type of hot dogs that I don’t like. Blah.

I recently took a shot in the dark and tried a couple of fancy hot dogs in a part of Las Vegas I’ve never been to. I visited Dirt Dog on Rainbow well south of anywhere I’ve been in Las Vegas. It’s clear that I don’t leave the Summerlin area enough when I’m not on the Strip or downtown Las Vegas.

Dirt Dog Las Vegas

I briefly mentioned this LA-based hot dog shop at Travel Vegas when writing about new restaurants at the Grand Bazaar Shops at Bally’s. Since writing this article in June, I forgot that ALL OF THE HOT DOGS ARE WRAPPED IN BACON. The light bacon wrap actually provides the snap in the hot dog that the majority of hot dogs in Las Vegas are missing.

We split The House Dog (pictured above) with bacon thousand island and green chili spread and the Red Dog with spicy tomato chili and chipotle aioli. Next time I’ll order the latter without the overdose of onions. Both hot dogs were surprisingly really good!

I preferred The House Dog but I think that’s because the Red Dog had too many onions.

I liked the spice on the Red Dog and will probably try it again next time. Hot dogs were always a quick bite in between meals. I was very surprised when I realized that I stuffed for hours after essentially eating one hot dog.

I enjoyed myself at Dirt Dog and was happy to explore a new part of Las Vegas. The surprises continued when I couldn’t get the thought of the two hot dogs out of my head and mouth two days later. I’m not going to pay $6.25 for a hot dog often but these were so good that I’ll definitely return.

I’d love if they served half dogs. This would allow me to sample more creations without having to cut dogs in half to play sharesies.

Dirt Dog has a location in front of Bally’s and on Rainbow south of everything (8390 S Rainbow Blvd). You can find the locations here. You can find menus, pictures and more information here.

Festivus Gathering at Bally’s Grand Bazaar Shops on Dec. 23

Festivus Gathering at Bally's Grand Bazaar Shops
Festivus Gathering at Bally’s Grand Bazaar Shops

It’s a Festivus for the restivus in Vegas. Details on this strange but fun holiday celebration at Bally’s Grand Bazaar Shops below.

Press release:

Grand Bazaar Shops invites guests to get their holiday party started by its Festivus Gathering on Dec. 23. Christmas, Hanukkah and Kwanzaa get all the attention but Festivus is an important holiday steeped in tradition since 1997, which the outdoor shopping attraction will celebrate in an afternoon full of fun.

The center will feature the appropriate décor including a Festivus pole and the popular tradition of “feats of strength.” Guests will be challenged to lift a 100 lbs. dumbbell high above their head showing how strong they are and complimentary photos will be taken of participant’s completing the challenge. Guests who participate in the Festivus feat of strength will receive free Starbucks drink samples and Grand Bazaar Shops coupon books.

The Festivus gathering will take place on Wednesday, Dec. 23 from noon to 4 p.m. and activities will be offered in the center’s Grand Allée.

If you’re under 40 you may not be familiar with Festivus. Here’s the story of Festivus from Seinfeld.

The Festivus

The Festivus story,

Photo: rockieszingers.com

The Case Grows To Stay Away From The Middle Of The Vegas Strip

Grand Bazaar Shops Bally's Las Vegas
Grand Bazaar Shops

I love Vegas but I don’t love masses of humanity in my way. I’m a New Yorker and always in a rush even when I don’t have somewhere to be. The Vegas Strip is already too crowded with slow walkers and tourists just stopping for no reason. Blech.

As details about the Grand Bazaar Shops in front of Bally’s continue to emerge my desire NOT to be near that part of the strip grows too. You may know that from a blog post from last year about the Grand Bazaar Shops.

Vegas Chatter dug up some of the fancy flea market vendors that will be at the Grand Bazaar Shops and they’re exactly what you might expect from a flea market – jewelry, handbags, sunglasses and other stuff you’d find at a rest stop in New Jersey.

Check out these hideous renderings of the Grand Bazaar Shop.

On a side note, who let Caesars artists into a Bellagio to sketch that point of view?

While people stop on the, already crowded, Vegas Strip to look and decide whether or not to check out the “stores” they’ll just be in standing in the middle of the sidewalk clogging traffic. At least the Park area in between Monte Carlo and New York-New York and The Linq are designed to draw people away from the Vegas Stip.

The sidewalks can’t be widened because there’s already too much car traffic on the Vegas Strip so the human traffic will only get worse. The only way to avoid traffic in the middle of the strip is to avoid it.

Thankfully Delano Las Vegas at Mandalay Bay will complete renovations soon. Some of the hotel rooms at Delano Las Vegas are already finished. We should expect the public spaces to be completed on time. SLS Las Vegas is working 24/7 to ensure that they will be opening at the end of summer. Both of these hotels on opposite ends of the Vegas Strip give a good excuse for someone like me to avoid the middle of the crush of people in the middle.

I understand that not everyone is like me. There are people who actually like to do things other than eat, drink and gamble when they’re in Vegas. GASP! I understand the Vegas Strip’s need to evolve but I’m happy that there will still be new hotels and casinos for people like me to enjoy.

Learn more about the Grand Bazaar Shops here.