Cori’s Dog House

As much as I'd like to tell you I'm still struggling with baby weight, I'm not. I'm struggling with baby blues weight. February was not kind to me, but I'm starting to eat healthier and more regularly. Steel cut oatmeal every day! Salad every day! No snacks!

But sometimes, I still indulge. And this week, there was a special occasion. My friend, Christy was out from Las Vegas for a visit. After picking her up from the airport, we headed to Mount Juliet to meet our other friend and have some dinner. Three women and three babies in the suburbs. It wasn't something I thought I'd blog about. But it just so happens I was catching up on this thread at Bites and decided, what the heck, I'll see what I can find out about Cori's Dog House.

Luckily, the Urban Spoon Listing for Cori's Dog House includes the menu. Holy um, dog! That's quite a menu. Veggie dogs! Fried pickles! Pimiento cheese! I convinced my friends that we just had to go there.

After contemplating the Georgia and the Jersey Italian, I settled on the Pittsburgh--fries, slaw, tomatoes and provolone cheese. Obviously, even though it was served with a Smart Dog, this was not health food. The cole slaw was creamy, the fries were crispy (with skins, just like I like them) and the whole production is served on a thick buttered roll. Delicious. I also got an order of fried pickles, which had an unexpected kick that (mercifully) slowed me down a bit on the munching.

Hot dog joints are starting to get as popular as cupcake shops here but Cori's is the only one I've been to. Though most other hot dog places offer veggie dogs, too, Cori's seems to have the largest, most creative menu and best prices. It's tucked into the popular strip mall and chain restaurant heaven known as Providence Marketplace, but best I can tell, it's popular (it's back past the freestanding restaurants such as Olive Garden). There was a good crowd on a Tuesday night and they were even having to turn people away after the 8pm closing time (Daylight Saving Time is rough on restaurants and restaurant-goers). The staff is friendly and patient (three babies!) and the food is prepared quickly. We had a great time and though I usually don't travel more than twenty miles for a meal, I've promised Mr. Eats that we can go back. Mmm...fried pickles.

Cori's Dog House on Urban Spoon.

11 thoughts on “Cori’s Dog House

  1. ErinsFoodFiles

    Yum! This place sounds great! I'm never in Mt Juliet, but I promised a former coworker who lives there I'd come visit her bringing cupcakes after she has her baby. Maybe I'll stop by this place for a bite to eat while I'm there.

  2. Nicole

    Great review.
    I'm also struggling with the baby weight still and I have to go back to work in two weeks. First day of spring so I figured what a great day to start a diet.

  3. The Beaudoins

    I had the same situation- being stuck inside the house all summer with a baby needing to stay cool drove me straight to McDonald's. I intended to get Homer some physical playtime at the playland, but probably ate more than my share of actual cheeseburgers and hash browns. I also drank more than normal that summer. Gained 8 pounds before I finally went back to Weight Watchers and admitted I was a foodaholic.

  4. Crystal

    Hey Leslie, I used to blog as Vivacious Vegan (don't know if you remember me) but after a long hiatus I'm back! I missed the ol' blog-o-sphere so a friend and I started up a new blog. It feels good to be back.

    Anyway, I ate fried pickles in California about a year ago and have been craving them ever since! Mt Juliet is kind of far for me but if I'm ever out that way I'll definitely stop by.

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  6. sallaboutme

    I just had a dream last night about how many hot dog places there are in town. Well here's a new one. I will definitely have to go check them out with the Smart Dogs. (I have a bad habit of eating those at home plain, might as well get them dressed up!)

  7. cookingschoolconfidential.com

    And there I was, thinking you were wrapped up (rightly so!) with baby eats. Well, I hope you don't mind but I plopped your blog into a comment with glowing words and all.

    Of course!

    (And, ahem, if you ever find time to write another piece for AlmostVegetarian.com - maybe on being a vegetarian mama - you know you are missed.)

    Cheers!

  8. K13

    I just ate here on Friday and sadly, it was awful. I got the Coney (I'm a native Mid-Westerner) and it was disappointing. Even the fries were overcooked and nasty. It was too crowded to deal with going in to complain so I pitched it and left.

  9. Lesley

    K--I'm so sorry! We just went again on Saturday and it was great. I wonder if they were having a bad day Friday. We ate every bite, every fry and every pickle and Mr. Eats even had room for a fried Twinkie (er, not my thing).

  10. K13

    Ha! Thanks for responding...and visiting...anyway...a question, do you have a restaurant recommendation for somewhere in same area and kid-friendly (2 year old)? I have to pick up the husband @ the airport on Saturday and thought I'd head out early to try someplace new..but will have my little guy in tow...Thanks!!

  11. This is the first I had heard of the place....my son was just hired and today his first day...his interview was an hour long and he was very impressed with the owner...he seems to love his company..totally........... all in! Makes my son excited to work for him so sounds good to me...I will get behind a small business owner who is that motivating! Anybody goes there give the tall gorgeous guy named Will a..." hey there!"....he is a sweetheart and bring your babies...he loves them. He is at the Mt Juliet store. Thanks for the blog!

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