Cori’s DogHouse in Nashville was not one of my planned stops for this leg of my road trip through Tennessee. I always have a list of mapped out and investigated restaurants per area, but sometimes you encounter an unexpected eatery that piques my interest. Sometimes the type of food gets me, the logo, or word of mouth that will drive me to check out a restaurant.
Marcela & I had just eaten at Hattie B’s Hot Chicken and were on our way back to our hotel room when I spotted a cartoony hot dog drawing in the distance. But, of course, I can always go for a hot dog. So, we turned into the Cori’s Doghouse ( 106 29th Ave N, Nashville) parking lot.
We walk into this giant wall of a menu with hot dog styles, and I take a deep breath as I survey my options. The absolute truth is, I always go the chili cheese dog route on my first visit to a wiener establishment, so a Cincinnati (chili-cheese-onion-mustard dog) it is.
I need something to wash that down with, and I see they have hand-battered corn dogs. SOLD!
We throw in some fresh-cut fries, a fountain soda, and we’re good to go. Unfortunately, Marcela bows out, so it’s a solo BB eating mission.
RC Cola Fountain at Cori’s Doghouse?
I’m overcome with emotion when I walk over to the fountain machine. It can’t be. I call Marcela to show her there’s RC Cola on Draft. She does a lousy job of pretending to be excited for me, making me laugh.
It’s been over 20 years since I last laid eyes on RC Cola available in this format. Drinking a fountain RC Cola alone has made this stop special.
Just a heads up, Cori’s in Nashville has the RC Cola, but their Mt. Juliet location has Coke products. So, the order is up, and I find myself in the presence of two beauties, three if you count my wife.
The buttered New England-style bun adds another level of flavor to this excellent chili cheese onion dog. If the cheese had been a little more melted, it would have been a grand slam.
I take my time with the corn dog as I intersperse bites of it with a few of those fresh-cut fries, and the slurps of RC Cola tie everything together. Then, finally, I sit back, take in this moment and enjoy it.
Now months later, and after having some time to think about the menu, I’m sure that Cori’s DogHouse needs a Miami Dog and not a Florida on there.
What would be in a Miami Dog? You tell me.