By Julia Ross
With unique hot dogs and long hours, Destination Dogs is truly one of a kind. Destination Dogs is a specialty hot dog restaurant in New Brunswick near the Rutgers campus. The restaurant’s hours are from 11 a.m. to 2 a.m., creating an awesome atmosphere for late-night cravings on this college campus.
In a recent visit, I tried the “Scarlet Knight: New Brunswick” and “The Completo: Chile.” With unusual names come unusual combinations, but I'm not complaining.
The “Scarlet Knight” was a $5.50 hot dog topped with french fries, cheese sauce, shredded cabbage, tomatoes, pickles and ketchup. It also included mustard and mayonnaise, but I opted out of those when ordering. This dog was jam-packed, delicious and large enough to fill me up. Not before trying another one, of course.
“The Completo” was $8 and is accompanied by avocado, cheese sauce, tomatoes, cilantro and onions. I would have to say that this was the better of the two dogs, and the kitchen might also agree: According to my waitress, this is one of the most popular hot dogs they serve.
As the website says, “Welcome to Destination Dogs, A Gourmet Hot Dog Franchise That’s a Real Trip.” From my very first bite I was transported, fully understanding the restaurant’s name. The combinations of flavors added to the experience and with low lighting and quiet music, it was easy to imagine myself in another place.
The restaurant itself was very busy when I visited on a Friday night. The floor was crowded and bustling with people of all ages. The wait was around 45 minutes long and with a line out the door, there was little room to wait, and I found myself squished up against a wall. But the service made up for this long wait, as my server was polite and fast. She quickly brought us our food in under 10 minutes despite the fact that I asked her questions about every item on the menu.
A long wait after a long drive may seem like a bit much to get your hot dog fix, but once you try a Destination Dog it makes it all worth it.