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 come across an unexpected eatery that will pique my interest. Sometimes the type of food gets me, the logo, or word of mouth that will drive me to check out a restaurant.
My wife Marcela & I had just eaten at Hattie B’s Hot Chicken and were on our way back to our hotel room when I spot in the distance a cartoony hot dog drawing. I feel like I could go for a hot dog, so we turn into the 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 real 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.
We throw in some fresh-cut fries, a fountain soda, and we’re good to go.
Marcela bows out, so it’s a solo BB eating mission.
RC ON FOUNTAIN?
I walk over to the fountain machine, and I’m overcome with emotion. 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, which makes me laugh.
It’s been over 20 years since I last laid eyes on RC Cola available in this format. This 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.
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. I take in this moment and enjoy it.
Now months later and after having some time to think about the menu, I’m positive that Cori’s DogHouse needs a Miami Dog and not a Florida on there.
What would be in a Miami Dog? You tell me.
Raise Your Hands In The Air And Say, Whose House?:
106 29th Ave N
Mt. Juliet, Tennessee