Friday, November 16, 2012

Local Lunch - Urban Hotdog Company

Too many times I'm forced to brave the restaurant world on my own. I head down to try a new diner or a cafe I've never been to or attend an event completely solo.

Thankfully, I was saved from having to try out one of Albuquerque's newest eateries when Kara from Film & Food contacted me about joining forces in our quests to take on the local food scene.

We chose to tackle Urban Hotdog Company, a new gourmet hotdog joint up near Cottonwood Mall.

Urban Hotdog Company storefront in Albuquerque, New Mexico

The day I heard a hotdog place was coming to town, my mind immediately jumped back to the memories of Dogtown in Enid, Oklahoma and the many, many dogs I consumed while living there. I loved the variety and creativity and hoped for more of that at UHDC.

My expectations were fulfilled when I saw the menu and exceeded when I tried one of their specialty hot dogs.

Here's a peek at their menu, highlighting my choice for the day; the Crafty Dog.

You can't go wrong with mac & cheese topped with bacon on a hot dog, but UHDC does it up right. They butter the buns, they make the mac & cheese fresh each day, and they're generous with the crisped bits of bacon.

Crafty Dog (mac and cheese with bacon) from Urban Hotdog Company in Albuquerque, New Mexico

This hot dog could have been dreamt up by a four-year-old kid, but it's given the gourmet treatment and it shows through its flavor and richness.

My table-mate, Kara, opted for something a little more "upscale" with Le Bleu -- a bacon-wrapped dog with sautéed mushrooms, blue cheese and thyme.

I had the tiniest tinge of order envy after seeing her hot dog come out but that was suppressed by the gooeyness of the mac & cheese.

But next time, I've got my eyes set on Le Bleu.

Le Bleu (bacon-wrapped dog with sautéed mushrooms, blue cheese and thyme) from Urban Hotdog Company in Albuquerque, New Mexico

Next time, my friend. Next time.

And the next time I choose to try out something new, I hope I have company as enjoyable as Kara.

Be sure to check out Kara's blog, Film & Food, for the scoop on local food and the world of cinema.

And of course, check out Urban Hotdog Company. Find them on Facebook or check out their website for a look at their full menu.

Urban Hotdog Company in Albuquerque, New Mexico

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FIlm & Food said...

Hey! Thanks for the shout out :) And I enjoyed your company as well. We must meet again!

Unfussy Epicure said...

That looks so good! I rarely get out that way, but next time I do...