Le Chien Chaud
2015 4 St SW
Checked out Le Chien Chaud after work earlier this week for some quick eats. French for 'Hot Dog', Le Chien Chaud is a cute little shop in the Mission area serving, you guessed it, hot dogs! The decor features a life size street lamp from the 1950s (or something) and a faux hot dog stand protruding from the wall offering an impressive variety of condiments to add to your dog. It feels like you are sitting on the patio on a sunny summer day until you look out the window and see that snow mount and you realize you are in fact sitting in a climate controlled area and it’s still winter. Eff. A nice touch nonetheless. Contrary to the sign noted in the photo below, the hot dogs are not 15 cents, unfortunately.
Le Chien Chaud features a variety of special hot dogs, such as the breakfast dog or various location based hot dogs. I had the french dog. This particular hot dog features mushroom sautéed in butter and French herbs and gruyere cheese sprinkled over a jumbo hot dog. The wiener was fairly average, nothing you couldn't get at the local grocery store. Le Chien Chaud is all about the condiments. And I must admit there was a lot of stuff jam packed between the hot dog bun. Taste wise it was decent, but nothing too spectacular. A nice step up from the typical ketchup, mustard and relish you get at the local street vendors.
Atmosphere: 7 out 10. Photos of people chowing down on various hot dogs are plastered everywhere just in case you had doubts as to what type of food they served. Hint: it's not pancakes.
Food: 6 out of 10. It was decent. Kinda small. (that's what she said)
Presentation: 6 out of 10. Average presentation.
Price: 6 out of 10. It's 46 times more than what they advertised on that faux sign!
Overall: 6 out of 10. It's a fancy hot dog. But not fancy enough to be eaten with a fork and knife.