I figured I'd had my fill of the naughty treat for the season. That is, until I heard about Cori's Dog House. (Comments on Bites mentioned it back in March, but I missed the hype until last week.) Luckily, it's in my neck of the woods in the Providence shopping center in Mt. Juliet, so my partner and I headed over for lunch last Saturday.
The default dog is a Sabrett beef wiener, but you can also choose a turkey or veggie dog. While the dog is the start, the star of a Cori's hot dog is the New England-style roll. Reviews described it as being like Texas toast, and that's a good place to start, but it's wider and thicker than Texas toast. After being buttered and grilled on both sides, dogs are slipped into a notch and buried under a heaping portion of toppings.
My partner opted for the turkey Boston "Nor'Easter" (maple baked beans and bacon), and I picked the turkey East Texas (chili, bacon and barbecue sauce) with cheese. With such a hefty portion of bread, the dog and bacon almost got lost. But I didn't care at all, and I could've eaten more of the toasty, buttery wonder.
(If you're used to Hot Diggity Dog and usually order two, take heed and only order one at Cori's. The dogs themselves are bigger, and the large rolls hold a lot of toppings.)
If you make it out to Cori's Dog House, opt for the counter seating overlooking the kitchen. My partner was fascinated by the teamwork of the staff as they handled the nonstop orders like clockwork. And you can watch as the white slices of bread are magically transformed into golden brown dog-delivery vehicles.