Cool Dog Café – Cherry Hill, NJ
When a local establishment receives national press, it makes me proud of the area I live in with the amount of diversity in food available. I would have to say for the most part when one of the places are mentioned nationally I usually say to myself, been there done that. Well Conde Nast named Cool Dog Café (CDC) as being one of the top fifteen hot dog destinations in the nation in 2013. Ever since I saw the list I wanted to try them as I had never been there. So finally after delaying for two years, a visit was in order ASAP.
CDC sits in a non-descript strip mall and has a nice cozy interior. The amount of hot dog variations is almost overbearing, but vastly entertaining to read. The staff was friendly and you order in the front before sitting down. I would go with their award winning Filipino Dog created by Alice Serenes and an order of fries.
The hot dog is a Sabrett hot dog deep fried to perfection creating a nice crisp snap with every bite, topped with sticky rice, mango, and sweet chili sauce. I must admit I quite thoroughly enjoyed it. It was a little bit of east meets west in all the right ways. The small order of fries were very nice and generous in the amount there were given.
With the recent closings of Hot Diggity and Moe’s Hot Dog House in Philly and Hot Diggity Dog in Bellmawr it seemed like the day of the dog was numbered. Well CDC has given me hope that with an inventive twist, quality product, good service, and wallet friendly prices that we will still be seeing wieners slung around these parts for quite some time to come.
Four out of Five Stars