You know those amazing restaurants that you stumble upon as you walk through the cool alley ways of New York with quirky names like The Cod Father or Lord Of The Wings. Well turns out you don’t have to go all the way to New York any more! I give you Dogs’n’Dough, a cavernous underground space situated at the bottom of Bow Lane, a small side road off Cross Street near to Albert Square. According to the restaurants website, it was set up to bring to Manchester ‘gourmet hot dogs and pizzas with a side of craft beer, cocktails and crisp music’. It was Emma’s birthday and we wanted to try something different so we booked us in for dinner at Dogs’n’Dough. Why the hell not! I wasn’t going to say no to hot dogs and pizzas was I?
You will struggle to find this place (I did) unless you are looking for it but hey, that adds to the appeal of Dogs’n’Dough if you ask me. It is situated in a slightly dodgy looking ally but don’t be put off by the location – the hassle is definitely worth the food waiting for you downstairs. Follow the green neon signs and you should be just fine. The interiors are slightly too green for my liking but this place definitely has character. Think Cheers (80’s American sitcom) meets Emerald City from the Wizard of Oz and you get an idea of the interiors at Dogs’n’Dough.
The waiter/barman/server greeted us as we walked in and sat us down at one of the green leather clad booths and handed us the menus. I was really impressed with how well he handled the whole restaurant – making drinks, taking orders, serving the food and clearing up. Dogs’n’Dough isn’t a small restaurant either so hats off to him for juggling all that work. I want to say that they were understaffed but it definitely didn’t feel like it was. I am going to put the lack of staff down to it being a relatively Tuesday evening.
I really like the menu here at Dogs’n’Dough. Again they are a little too green for my liking but they are clear and appealing. It’s split into three main categories – hot dogs, pizzas and sides, which really works for me. I love the different fonts on here – reminds you of a bygone era.
The drinks menu carries on with the same theme too with options like Matinee and Dusk Till Dawn. It’s fun and the cocktails are spot on. My favourite has to be the Bramble which is a delightful combination of gin, blackberry, lemon and sugar. Yum!
As you probably know I have given up pizza for the year which isn’t really ideal when you are at a restaurant that has half a menu dedicated to pizza but luckily for me Dogs’n’Dough also has half a menu dedicated to hot dogs. You have quite a few options but after a lot of deliberation over a few drinks, I decided to go for the Philly Cheese Steak which comes with lots of steak topped with crispy shallots, BBQ sauce, peppers and cheese. This is one massive hot dog and I did struggle to finish it but it’s exactly what I needed – really good comfort food.
The birthday girl Emma went for the Mushroom Swiss pizza which came with buttered mushroom, bacon and Swiss cheese. The perfect pizza! I tried a bit of the topping and it was absolutely divine – perfectly cooked and delicately flavoured. I was so tempted to try a whole slice but decided to be good and resisted the temptation. Trust me this wasn’t easy for me.
I love the pizza options here, they aren’t what you find in your local pizza takeaway down the road. With options like The Taco and The William Tell, you know you are in for a treat. Matt decided to rock the boat a little and went for a Mac ‘n’ Cheese pizza. Yes, you read that right! It really was a pizza topped with Mac ‘n’ Cheese!
This was the strangest pizza I have ever tried and I am not sure if I love it or hate it. Matt did finish it, so that is a good sign I suppose?
The pizza’s here come in an authentic pizza box which I think is a very clever touch. If you can’t finish your massive pizza, you can always take it home in the box provided eh?
Seb decided to go down the pizza route too and went for a Triple Threat Pizza which is a burger and chips on a pizza! The Triple Threat Pizza comes loaded with bacon, cheese burger and fries. And again, it’s not something I would normally think would taste good on a pizza but it works really well together surprisingly.
Seb loved his pizza and it was gone before we knew it.
We also shared a side of the Gluttony Fries. Wondering what that is? Feast your eyes on this beauty.
It’s the perfect combination of hot dog, cheese and fries. It’s definitely as some of the best fries in Manchester along side the fries at Almost Famous for me. It’s a lot simpler than the fries at Almost Famous but it’s just as delicious. Add some of the multitude of sauce options on offer here and you are in fries heaven.
We really couldn’t eat anymore at this point but then we spotted the only dessert option on the menu and we just couldn’t say no – The Dessert Pizza. A pizza smeared with Nutella and topped with the tasty treats you had as a kid. How could you say no to that?
We topped ours with Smarties, Milk Buttons and a drizzle of butterscotch sauce. I couldn’t eat this as I had given up pizza for the year but I really was tempted to break my New Year resolution when this arrived. I sat back and watched the guys gobble down this beast of the pizza with a smirk on their faces.
We were well and truly full and I didn’t want to see any more food for the next few days. Our very friendly waiter/server/barman came over with the bill which we cleared and decided to call it a day. Emma, the birthday girl was content and left with a smile on her face as well.
So what did I think about Dogs ‘n’ Dough? Definitely worth a visit – it’s quirky, fun and different plus they do a dessert pizza. Isn’t that reason enough to warrant a visit? I think so.