I had lunch today at “Scooby’s” hot dog restaurant on Azalea Rd. by exit 81 off 95. Â Is that Mechanicsville?
The vinyl banner hanging outside (I hope it’s just their temporary sign) advertising “the premium hot dog” lured me in. Â I don’t actually think there’s much about a hot dog that can really be premium. Â I mean, if it was premium pork or beef – it probably wouldn’t have been blended into a meat milkshake and then extruded into some clear casing. But, I do like good tasting hot dogs. Maybe “premium hot dogs” really means “doesn’t taste like the crap we put in there”. Dang. HowÂ clichÃ©Â is it to try to be snarky about the ingredients in a hot dog?
Scooby’s is a brand new hot dog place. Â They’re definitely still finding their rhythm for service but they were friendly. Â There were several people in line waiting to order. The only menu to be found is hand-written and taped to the counter by the register. Â I ordered a “Chicago Dog” (poppyseed bun, pickle spears, pickled peppers, tomatoes, onion, mustard) for $4.25 and a “mini pup” Â (a 3″ hot dog) with coleslaw for $.99. I could have eaten more, but $4.25 for one hot dog – even a premium one – seems a little extreme.Â
The food was good. The “mini pup” was mini and the Chicago Dog was spicy and good. Â The raw toppings seemed fresh. Â Overall I enjoyed the meal, but not the price. I gave it 42 out of 51 points.