Thursday, January 29, 2009
Sturgis Dog House
Sturgis, South Dakota can seem rather ghostly over the months of December and January. Vance & Hines pipes are silenced and turgid "mama's" breasts clothed by strong prairie winds and occasionally punishing snowfall. Winter out here can be a pitiless bitch. But a deep and affecting warmth comes easy dear reader, and it's yours for the taking at 2120 Lazelle Street where the "Not Yet World Famous" Sturgis Dog House awaits you with arms open like a bakery fresh poppy seed bun.
Although my journalistic cover was blown by a buddy who is a regular at the Dog House (not his fault), they were nonetheless incredibly friendly and accommodating wiener slinging small business owners. I was even able to meet the gentleman who runs the joint and tell him what a fine establishment he maintains. And the hot dogs? They're all beef, natural casing wieners that snap like Joe Theisman's femur. Often a wienery will rely on accoutrements to make the dog while forgetting the dog itself. Not the Sturgis Dog House--they pride themselves on some top shelf beef and it does not disappoint. And with a menu 13 dogs deep, there is something there for everyone.
Above you will find, from L. to R.:The Wild Bill Mexi Dog served in a deep fried tortilla, The Devils Tower served with deep fried jalapenos, pepperjack cheese, and salsa, and the Deadwood Chili Dog. They were all quite tasty but the Devils Tower really shined for me.
When you next head west, whether on two wheels, four, or eighteen, pop into the Sturgis Dog House to keep that engine running.