Nowadays there are craft versions of just about everything. Mac & Cheese. Beer. Liquor.
You can add hot dogs to that list.
Rock City Dogs opened in Bay Shore recently, after what seemed like years in development to serve up craft frankfurters with a rock and roll vibe.
Photo: Rock City Dogs Facebook page.
Owner Steve Reno said he serendipitously hatched the idea for a rock and roll themed craft hot dog joint one day while hanging out at home.
He told GreaterBayShore.com that the concept came to him while looking at a coffee table book about the greatest album covers of all time while a TV show in the background featured the best hot dogs in America.
“I thought wouldn’t it be cool if we served hot dogs and played classic rock from the ’70s?” he said.
That was back in 2019, but to be frank, Covid-19 put Reno’s plans on hold. He’s now ready for business. The hot dogs started rolling off the grill in early May.
The menu features a variety of hot dogs with names that harken back to classic rock bands like the Thin Lizzy, with house sauerkraut and mustard, the Zeppelin, a beer-battered dog, cream cheese, raspberry jam, truffle honey, and sage green salad, and the Chicago Dog, with pickle, onion, tomato, mustard, neon relish, sport pepper, and celery salt on a poppy seed bun.
Rock City Dogs also has burgers. Pick from a variety of musical acts including the T Rex Burger, an 8 oz. Rock City Dog blend, brioche bun, lettuce, tomato, onion, and STYX fries. Or try the Jimmy Page Burger, 8 oz. Rock City Dog blend, brioche bun, cheddar, caramel onion, pickle chips, tomato, arugula, maple bacon, sriracha aioli, and STYX fries. Burgers come with a choice of Rock City Dog fries or Toto tater tots for an additional charge.
For apps they have dishes like the Fleetwood Mac & Cheese with bacon and Paul McCartney and Wings, with classic buffalo sauce or Rock City Dog smoky BBQ sauce. Salads include the Sultans of Swing, mesclun, ricotta salata, chablis poached sultana, carrot, sweet potato, red cabbage, pecan, and orange ginger. Add chicken or tuna for an additional charge.
Of course, there are shakes!
Try the Ziggy Stardust Shake, made with vanilla, rice crispy, marshmallow, rainbow swirl lollipop, cream, sprinkles, and white chocolate.
On Yelp, Mackenzie B, from East Northport, said Rock City Dogs has a “cool new rock and roll vibe.”
“I had the blue oyster cult hot dog and pulled pork Fleetwood Mac and cheese, both were really good,” she wrote. “The bartender was friendly and knowledgeable, the comfortably numb cocktail was great. I'm already looking forward to go back and try some of the other options.”
James R, from Brooklyn, said he thoroughly enjoyed his visit to Rock City Dogs.
“The décor is funky and fantastic, including the David Bowie mural in the seating area and the unusual artwork on the restroom doors,” he wrote. “The music selection was great classic rock from the '70s including some songs I haven't heard in years played through an awesome sound system.”
Location: 3 E Main Street, Bay Shore.