Airport Run and Haute Dogs
Top Chef contestant Richard Blais has opened his third restaurant in Atlanta. The first two are both called FLIP and are both gourmet burger boutiques. His newest restaurant is called HD1 and serves gourmet “Haute Dogs.”
We needed to make a dry-run to the rental car center at Hartsfield International Airport to be sure driving instructions were correct for several folk who are coming to town this week. On the way back we drove through Midtown to try Blais’ new hot dog concept.
The tables are communal and the atmosphere is very informal. Table service is available or for quicker eats you can order at the bar and they will give you a number to place on your table where your order will be delivered. The prices are reasonable enough that each person can order more than one dog and an app or two.
As many of you know, I’m a sucker for lobster and when I saw a “Louisiana Lobster Dog” on the menu, I knew it would be my first choice. The sandwich was more of a lobster roll and the “Louisiana Lobster” actually was crawfish in a cold sauce with Mirliton salad strips on top. It was fresh and delicious tasting.
The Waffled fries with maple-oy were a surprising fried potato side with an Asian inspired, sweet/sourish sauce on top. They were an excellent substitute for typical french fries.
Next up was the “Red Haute Dog,” a beef dog with brisket chili, pepper jack foam and Vidalia onion. All the dogs are served on freshly baked and grilled buns that were excellent. The dog had just the right chili and was a great spin on the all American chili dog.
The Dr. Bacon baked beans were fresh but a little boring on the flavor side. A touch more heat would have gone a long way in the baked bean sauce.
The last in our treo of dogs was the Merquez dog made of lamb and served with red currants and minted cucumber relish & Labne yogurt. This dog was absolutely delicious and worth a trip to this new restaurant if for no other reason.
We capped the evening with something we typically don’t order. Dessert. Haude Dogs features two flavors of soft serve ice cream so we ordered the Social Mixer of both flavors. The other offering had to be sampled so we also ordered the Chocolate Chip bread pudding, and boy was I glad we did. Both desserts were very tasty but the bread pudding took the cake.
For a relatively inexpensive, fresh and different meal, try HD1 in Midtown Atlanta. You may well be surprised at the unique flavors on the menu and you certainly won’t be disappointed.