Angry Dog 2726 Commerce St., Dallas, Tx 214-741-4406
The Angry Dog is a burger & beer joint that attracts a varied clientele who come for the above-average burgers, hot dogs, and extensive bar menu.
SETTING - An edgy looking building in funky Deep Ellum, in the shadow of downtown. The neighborhood includes numerous clubs, cafes, tattoo parlors, piercing studios, off-beat art places, and industrial uses. The place has character.
FOOD - Over the years, the Angry Dog has been cited in polls by Dallas publications for having (at various times) the best Hamburger, the best Hot Dog, the best Wings, the best Bar Food, the best Cheap Meal, the best Hangover Therapy, and the best Late Night Hours (midnights on weekdays, 2 a.m. on weekends). They have 16 appetizers, a dozen sandwiches, 10 salads, and a bunch of other stuff like chicken fried steak which I hear is not bad. The burgers are large and juicy (if you like them that way – they’re cooked to order) and you pick the condiments. The signature hot dog (the “Angry Dog”) is a meal in itself and arrives heaped with extras, sprawled alongside a small mountain of French fries. You’ll probably need a fork and maybe some more napkins. The Spiedies sandwich (“speedeez”) is a New York thing ... tangy, marinated chunks of chicken or beef, grilled and served on an 8” Italian roll. Not bad. The French fries which accompany the sandwiches are plentiful, to say the least. You can check their web site for more information.
BAR – This joint has a bar long enough to bowl on. There are 15-20 beers on tap and a lot more by the bottle. Plenty of other drinks are being shaken or mixed, as well. What’s not to love?
AMBIANCE - With its old brick walls and 1920’s pressed tin ceiling, it kind of reminds me of a dive I used to frequent near the railroad tracks in inner-city St. Louis. Patrons here are an eclectic bunch, from work boots to ties, high heels to tattoos. It’s a lively crowd, so management has “rules” about not harassing the ladies, using foul language, or annoying the bartender with requests to adjust the volume on the jukebox. There are about as many women as men.
BOTTOM LINE - The Angry Dog looks a little sketchy from the street (actually, I give extra points for that), but you’ll like what you find inside. Definitely recommended.