Bowery's Bogus Dogs

Sexy toppings can't hide an inferior hot dog.

The buns don't help, either. While the capable Empire Bakery, which supplies the bread, usually turns out impeccable baked loaves, the white rolls here are dense and bland with a soft and waxy crust. Wheat rolls are dry, and the size of all the buns only amplifies the problem. Picture a quarter-pound hot dog in a catcher's mitt. It's like eating a sack of saltines.

The good news is that Bowery has a fantastic space, a great idea and a fix that could be made in a single day. If they'd invest in a dog with character, as they should if they're going to charge $5.50 for a plain version, the links might shine through the glitzy toppings they heap on in glorious excess. Dogs from Rudolph's or Kuby's are just two examples with more snap, flavor and zing. They're even local businesses to boot.

The bread's an even easier fix: They just need to buy regular hot dog buns instead of hoagie rolls.

The Chicago dog is a looker, but the bun's too big.
Lori Bandi
The Chicago dog is a looker, but the bun's too big.
Cheese fries boast confetti of bacon and chive.
Lori Bandi
Cheese fries boast confetti of bacon and chive.

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Bowery Dallas

3407 McKinney Ave.
Dallas, TX 75204

Category: Bars and Clubs

Region: East Dallas & Lakewood

Details

Bowery

3407 McKinney Ave., 214-965-9110,

bowerydallas.com. 11 a.m.-midnight Sunday-Thursday, 11 a.m.-3 a.m. Friday-Saturday. $$

Chicago Dog $6.75

Korn Dog $6

The Mac $7

Duo of Duck $18

Naked Dog $5.50

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The finished hot dogs in their baskets look beautiful, but that beauty is only skin deep. What they're serving will undoubtedly resonate with a drunken, late night, McKinney Avenue crowd, but the rest of us are better off somewhere else — a place where the hot dogs are celebrated first, and all the glamorous toppings and condiments provide subtle support.

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ABCBBD
ABCBBD

Campos sucked and failed as a business... not sure I'd want to partner w/ someone that has a history of sucking/failing.

bigjondaniel
bigjondaniel

@cityofate @scottreitz no, they didn't! They skimped on the dog? sacrilege

Really.
Really.

@ABCBBD

Idiotic comment, obviously never worked in this business and did not go to CampO.

scottreitz
scottreitz

@bigjondaniel they make some of them... The pork sausage is quite good.

ABCBBD
ABCBBD

Campos is right down the street from my house and I've been there twice... and it was pretty bad both times.  it's right by Jonathon's(which IS great!) and I've worked as a waiter, bartender, and a cook.  Let's look at the facts(outside of my opinion on how the food tasted)... Campos is no more, if it was good and people liked it, it would still be there like Jonathon's is today.  Paul helped open Bowery... not sure if you read this review, but it isn't exactly positive.  Pretty cut and dry...  The question is, did you ever eat at Campos?  OR are you just friends w/ someone that worked there???  Your response to my comment holds no water... just accept reality as it is and drop whatever false pretenses you have kept up about a place no one liked.  FY I- the Argentinian restaurant that occupied the same space before was better than Campos...

bigjondaniel
bigjondaniel

@scottreitz Cool. I'm a from a hot dog family. My uncle has an account at Nate-N-Al's in LA, always goes and gets dogs when I'm there

 
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