I live not too far from Sweet Dogs (4749 SW 8th Street). I remember driving right by the sign one day and asking myself, was this always here? Actually, it hadn’t opened for business yet.
Then, all of a sudden, a few days later, I saw the hurricane shutters open for the restaurant open. I had just eaten lunch, so I set my mental lunch calendar for the following day to hit them up.
What Dogs at Sweet Dogs?
The Sweet Dogs menu has about 9 or 10 signature pre-set hot dogs you can order. Most of them are named after all of the popular local sports teams (The Heat, The Dolphins, The Marlin, The Panther & The U). The only sport I’m into is the UFC (you thought I was gonna say eating, didn’t you?), and yes, MMA is a sport.
I had no preference based on the team name, so I chose based on the ingredients. Sweet Dogs does not give you an option when it comes to dog size; they only serve the 1/4 pound Nathan’s, all-beef hot dog. You can get the dog boiled, grilled, or deep-fried, but if you don’t tell them your preference, you end up with a grilled dog.
The Dolphins is Sweet Dog’s take on a Colombian-style dog. They got it right. It’s not overly sweet, which is what usually kills those types of dogs. It’s got bacon, mozzarella, pineapple sauce and is topped with those canned potato sticks for some crunch.
Just a Small Change
If there were only one thing I would change, it would be the sticks as I prefer crushed potato chips on this style of dog. It was most excellent, as Ted “Theodore” Logan might say.
I’ve ordered the Beef Chili Cheese Fries every time I’ve been here, but this is the first time they’ve used the homemade cheese sauce instead of the shredded cheddar cheese. It takes these chili cheese fries up to Arbetter’s chili cheese fries level (my favorite in South Florida).
Another favorite of mine is their homemade corn dogs. They are made to order, and each one looks different than the previous one. It’s terrific, but I’d suggest changing out the wood stick as it can’t handle the weight of the 1/4 hot dog. Other than that, dip in mustard (I better not catch you putting ketchup on this) and enjoy.
Don’t miss out on the Italian sausages either, which taste perfect with their soy sauce marinated grilled onions.
For every dog that you order, you get one of those little snack-sized candy bars. You can spot them in some of the pics below. If you need a more substantial dessert, they’ve got a soft-serve ice cream machine, which means cones, sundaes, and shakes.
Sweet Dogs Food Pictures
A few years after opening Sweet Dogs, Vic (the owner of Sweet Dogs) added a selection of flavored popcorns called Sweet Pops to their food arsenal. The one to get is called the 305 Mix with guava-coated popcorn. It’s highly addictive!