Haute Dog and Fries Coming to Arlington?

by ARLnow.com September 21, 2011 at 9:28 am 4,809 46 Comments

Gourmet hot dog shop Haute Dog and Fries is planning to open an Arlington location at some point next year.

The Purcellville, Va. restaurant is in the midst of scouting out available storefronts in Arlington County, according to co-owner Pamela Swanson.

“We are currently looking at a few different locations in Arlington but haven’t decided on one particular spot as of yet,” Swanson said. “We would like to confirm a location as soon as possible and be open within the next few months.”

Swanson, an Arlington native, said they’ve been primarily focused on locations in North Arlington, but haven’t ruled anything out.

Haute Dog and Fries serves signature hot dogs like the N.Y. Reuben (sauerkraut, Swiss cheese, brown mustard), the Bombshell (caramelized onions, mango, pineapple, jalapenos) and the Chicago Dog (onions, tomato, hot peppers, pickle relish, dill pickle, mustard, celery salt). It also serves local Italian sausage, kielbasa and bratwurst produced in Loudoun County, as well as diner fare like cheeseburger sliders, fish and chips and loaded nachos.

The restaurant has won critical acclaim for its eclectic toppings and griddle-based grilling style.

  • DR

    This place made washingtonian’s best cheap eats list.

  • Blech

    The name is dumb. Clearly they think it’s a pun, but “haute” is pronounced “oat” in French–not “hoat.” “Oat dogs” just doesn’t work. Plus hot dogs are nasty.

    • JB

      Couldn’t disagree with you more – a couple of coney dogs at Hard Times with TX chili, onions, and mustard is about as guilty a pleasure as there is. Or a couple of dogs from New York System up in Rhode Island – yum. Bring it on Haute Dogs, anything but more frozen yogurt, cupcakes, burgers, and pizza.

    • John Fontain

      Blech, I was going to suggest that you woke up on the wrong side of the bed this morning, but it appears more likely you fell completely off the bed.

    • Alexandra

      Blech- you clearly haven’t been to the restaurant! their decor is all HAUTE COUTURE themed. i’m sure they are well aware of how to pronounce the word. And you clearly have yet to have one of their delicious gourmet dogs. Don’t knock it till you try it!

  • I got that PMA

    I’m going with the Veggie Dog! Looks good.

  • bobco85

    They should open the new restaurant in Shirlington. That way, there would be a Haute Dog & Fries at both ends of the W&OD Trail!

    …and back to my day job I go.

    • G

      There’s already a Weenie Beenie at the end of the W&OD trail near Shirlington, but I wouldn’t mind another cheap place to eat in Shirlington.

    • CW

      Yes! I was going to mention as well that I’d seen this place after a ride out to the end of the W&OD.

      If they open it, I’m going to initiate that challenge. 6 haute dogs at one end, ride to the other, 6 more, for time.

  • John Fontain

    I would wholeheartedly welcome this joint to the Clarendon area. We need some less snooty places that are affordable and suitable for recurring visits from people living in the neighborhood. Maybe they should check out the empty storefront where Bronx Pizza was supposed to go, right across from the Clarendon metro.

  • no wonder the US is fat. One more restaurant eating food you should eat maybe once a year

    • i mean selling food..

    • Appanage

      The cuisine might not be terribly healthy, but they don’t over portion and they source locally. Trust me, you have a lot more to worry about with someone heading to Ray’s Hell than this place. I’m a fairly frequent diner there and have dropped 55 useless pounds in 3-4 months while being one.

  • Vik

    I agree that the name is weird, but if the hot dogs are good, I’m all for it. I love Chicago style hot dogs. I’d like it if Ben’s opens up an Arlington location as well.

  • steve85

    How about a location @ Penrose Square on the Pike. I’m pretty sure that could be a good location

  • Someone forgot their coffee…

    Anything pronounced with a French accent is slightly funny. Including “Oat Dogs.”

  • Someone forgot their coffee…

    ^response to the Frenchie up there, not sure why it didn’t post as a response.

  • G::TheNativeArlingtonian

    I’d give this place a go, but have to give a nod to wanting to support Ben’s… its a local institution. Wasn’t there rumor about them opening a place in Arlington?

    • John Fontain

      I’ve never understood the fascination with Ben’s. I’m about as far from a food snob as one can be (my preferred foods are basic, non-fancy items) and I think their food is really low quality and not tasty.

      I think Ben’s is a place that people like to say they like because they think everyone else thinks the place is a cool place. I believe that if I took their food and did a blind taste test in Arlington with it and told people it was from a new restaurant set to open in Arlington called “Frank’s Place”, almost every tester would say the food was vile.

      • Vik

        I disagree. I don’t think Ben’s has the best food, either, but it’s good enough. I certainly wouldn’t call it vile. Yeah, Hard Times has good chili, but so does Ben’s. And I love half smokes. I agree that the allure of it being a local institution makes it overrated, but I don’t think it’s bad food at all.

        • CW

          The stuff Ben’s sells isn’t chili. It’s like some kind of meat-snot.

          • Henry Spencer

            I love the half smokes, but the chili tastes like Hormel. A combo of Ben’s half smoke and Hard Times chili would be great.

          • Clarendon

            Ever eat one of those Hormel dogs with the center filled with chili ? A roomate in college loved those things, put one in the microwave and the super heated chili squirted into his mouth ike napalm burning his mouth up.

        • John Fontain

          Vik said: “I don’t think Ben’s has the best food, either, but it’s good enough.”

          This is exactly what I’m talking about. The food is just “good enough”, yet the place constantly has a line out the door and people rave about the place.

          They serve frozen bagged french fries and pour processed cheese from a can on top and people on Yelp rave about it like it’s the best stuff they’ve ever eaten. If that same food was served at a cafeteria in their office building, they bitch about how disgusting it was.

      • Ballstonian

        Agreed on Ben’s being overrated. While it is certainly a landmark and “cool,” I prefer Hard Times. They’re both at the ballpark, and the only reason I go to Bens is if i want a chili dog and only because Hard Times doesn’t sell them.

        • G::TheNativeArlingtonian

          And to each their own… I hate Hard Times. I think their chili is terrible. And its a chain, which I try to avoid when possible. Ben’s… perfect food? No. Passable and with local character, plus lots of history, yes. I’d rather spend my money there. The place named in this article I’ll try too and see what its like when it opens. Help support a small VA business. All good. In any case, hot dog/brat/half-smoke = guilty pleasure.

          • John Fontain

            “Ben’s… perfect food? No. Passable and with local character, plus lots of history, yes. I’d rather spend my money there.”

            Hard Times is local too, has a rich history, and has been a fixture in this area for about three decades. But since they have more than one location you won’t go there?

            Guess you better stop going to Ben’s, because they have more than one location now and are looking to expand even more…


          • drax

            Whoa. Hate Hard Times = no credibility.

      • Josh S

        Yeah, not vile but you’re right – hardly worthy of the hype. If they don’t come to Arlington – no great loss….

  • Tre

    Great, now I need a hot dog and it’s 10 am.

    • Tabby


  • DarkHeart

    Fear the Eskimo Dog.

    Also, what’s up with no prices on their website?

  • Banksy

    They had me at “sauerkraut.”

  • CW

    Their website says an Arlington location is coming in Fall/Winter 2011. They’d better hurry up and pick one then!!!

  • AllenB

    I’m there. Open in Courthouse.

  • Ballstonian

    Also, I’m from Chicago and think that a Portillo’s would make a killing out here.

  • Caaaaarrrrrrllllllll

    This place is going to absolutely kill it.

  • pon

    Hey, how about you take a look at East Falls Church, no competition there, you have plenty retail space at the Crescent Condo building 2121 N Westmoreland St, 22213 and plenty customers too!!!

    • Josh S

      Can you say epic fail? This place needs to be located where there is action and foot traffic.

  • Alexandra

    I personally am DYING for this to open!!!!!! I can NOT wait!!!

    I have been out to purcellville several times and was insanely delighted to find such a big taste in a small town.

    i have read about them in the WASHINGTONIAN ! ( two times!!)

    and i am so excited to hear they may be a bit closer to my home and work – though i enjoy the drive out there and their food is definitely a reward once you get there.

    Plus the staff is so kind and interesting. I told them how i had discovered them and how far i had come to visit (about 40 minutes) and they were engaging and even brought me out their famous ESKIMO dog *ice cream sandwich on a buttered toasted roll glazed with caramelized cinamon sugar – DELICIOUS.


    • Keyboard Technician

      Thank you for your call. I’ll be over to fix your Caps Lock key in 20-45 minutes.

  • YTK

    Yo Blech — you got no couth for haute???

  • Michelle Snow

    I’ll put in a plug for South Arlington, on the other side of Columbia Pike where Casa Blanca used to be. Close to the W&OD, and they just broke ground on the new community center right next store.

  • MC

    The market for this is a Lee Highway shopping strip, where parents bring hoards of screaming kids on play dates and post-soccer match outings.

    • Appanage

      That’s like saying hamburgers require dorky clowns and playgrounds.

  • Haute Dogs and Fries are NOT opening an Arlington location according to their updated website. Instead, they will open in Old Town Alexandria.


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