When the weather starts to get warmer, franks get the backyard-grill treatment, while others are served from wheeled carts to people looking for a quick workday lunch. And perhaps unlucky wieners lazily roll on convenience store heating elements, waiting to be paired with Coke slushies and bought as a road trip snack.
The VIP, lucky ones get picked as the famous headliner at Cori’s Dog House.
When Sean “Sully” Sullivan dreamed up his restaurant concept, he had one person in mind, his 15-year-old daughter, Cori. Sullivan said he “wanted to extend the idea of my childhood to hers, and besides, she is a much prettier face for the business than me.” After the birth of Cori’s Dog House in 2009, Sullivan brought a totality of tastes from around the country for the versatile and famous frankfurter. Throw in some amazing sausages and sandwiches, and bingo, a restaurant was made.
You might argue that the hamburger has the hot dog beat as the classic American sandwich. But burgers don’t get the same kind of regional treatment as hot dogs, which speak to the hot dog’s culinary pervasiveness. Cincinnati piles its dogs with cheese, cooked onions, mustard and cinnamon-scented chili; New York City likes them snappy with yellow mustard, sauerkraut and sweet onion sauce; Chicago heaps on raw onions, tomatoes, a dill pickle spear, relish, sport peppers, mustard and celery salt. That’s just the beginning.
There is just about all representation of regions at Cori’s. Who knew Hawaii even had its own wiener winner with pineapple-mango relish, and Tennessee is all out show of chili, cole slaw, onions, mustard and relish. Out of the 38 varieties, my favorite was the Arizona with bacon, tomatoes, onions, cheese, mustard, salsa and jalapenos. All of Cori’s hot dogs are served on a butter-grilled, New England roll baked fresh daily.
Cori’s also features some awesome sandwiches, notorious fried pickles and the finisher…the fried Twinkie…yes they really went there.
The staff is spunky and will totally know your name if you become a frequent visitor, which I intend to become. As if I didn’t have enough 2017 goals, now I can add “eat my way across the USA at Cori’s Dog House.” I fully intend on being top dog on the Wall o’ Wieners all the while attaining my hot dog nirvana.
Cori’s Dog House
Service: fast and friendly.
Ambience: upbeat and colorful.
Location: 401 South Mt. Juliet Road in Mt. Juliet and also at 106 29th Avenue in Nashville.
Hours: Monday through Thursday from 11 a.m. until 8 p.m.; Friday and Saturday from 11 a.m. until 9 p.m.; and Sunday from 11 a.m. until 7 p.m.
Reservations: not available.
Alcohol: served at Nashville location, but not served at Mt. Juliet location.
Kristin Duncan is marketing and promotions manager for Lebanon Publishing Co. and writer of Eat Like a Girl columns that appear each Wednesday in The Democrat.