By Simon Donohue
My boy was moaning about getting a hot dog (it was Chinese New Year and we were planning something more fitting) when he suddenly chanced upon his personal stairway to heaven.
“Oh my god,” he said. “Hot dog heaven.” We couldn’t resist.
Tucked away in an alley off Cross Street was the doorway to Dogs ‘n’ Dough – a subterranean slice of Americana hidden away in a Manchester basement.
“Even the wifi password is Ilovesausage…”
Dogs ‘n’ Dough has a split personality. During the day it’s open to all ages. Then in the evening it becomes 18+. It also has a retro games arcade and pool tables, all open only to adults and only then on certain nights. But at all times it’s a celebration of American fast food and the diner experience. Even the wifi password is Ilovesausage.
The ambiance is dimly lit American diner, a bit frayed at the edges but authentic with it.
You choose from a list of authentic hot dogs and a range of cool toppings. Or pizza – the dough in the name – if you prefer. I couldn’t resist the Chilli Dog: a hot dog topped with chilli (main picture), and I also went for the extra jalapeños (an extra £1).
The boy had a naked dog topped with bacon, while my eldest daughter chose the margarita pizza.
The cool Americana vibe extends to the drinks too. Both of the kids chose exotic cans of Fanta you don’t normally see in the UK. Not cheap at £3-ish a pop, but a bit different.
Dogs ‘n’ Dough, Manchester
The verdict: Lunch for three was £36, so not an everyday treat but something a bit different. We may have been giddy with processed meats and sugary pop, but we had fun.