The décor is cozy, eclectic, and the colorful duct tape-covered booths are comforting on a rainy afternoon. If it’s not the creative seating, it’s definitely the BBQ veggie dog and fries that have me feeling right at home. Good Dog owner Susan Paden joins me in the laid-back hangout to chat as I indulge with the signature fries and house-made curry ketchup.
Customers are happy to know that everything at Good Dog is house-made, from the sausages to the beans. The peppers in the relish are even grown in Paden’s garden.
She explains, “We like to make everything as good as it can be,” adding, “We’re not serving hot dogs, we’re serving people through hot dogs.” Good Dog is definitely a memorable restaurant for locals and tourists alike, all of whom come in regularly to feast on the impressive all-day breakfast menu and even a breakfast happy hour starting at 7 a.m.
It’s clear that Good Dog is more than just hot dogs; it’s an experience. “It’s Americana,” Paden explains, “Like apple pie and baseball.”
The menu is incredibly accommodating, offering options for both vegetarians and vegans, who can dine on the menu’s popular “vegan fave” and the “veggie/vegan breakfast” option. In addition to this, any other menu choice can be customized with a veggie dog to please non-meat-eaters.
A popular crowd favorite is the cone of frites, featuring a fun selection of meats, cheeses and toppings, but for the typical hot dog lover, it is easy to change the favorite menu option each week, a practice Paden is also familiar with.
Currently, she says her favorite menu item is the Reuben with slaw and pickles; however, her number-one choice is the Chicago dog, which features Good Dog’s relish of serrano peppers.
Paden notes the pleasure of working in a successful business in the booming city of Chattanooga. She says, “We’re all working towards the same goal, adding to the picture and creating opportunities together.”
With a popular, local eatery offering breakfast, lunch and dinner options, Paden says it best with, “Good Dog is a good place to start and end.”
34 Frazier Ave.