Jerry's Dogs originated back in 2003 and was an instant success! With 8 locations sprinkled throughout Southern California and Dallas, customers are loving the unique idea of wood-fired burgers and dogs. The wood-fire ovens give the meat (and veggie options!) their delicious and distinct flavor. Choose from over 24 free toppings to accompany your meal or go with a premium topping, such as Mac 'N Cheese. Jerry's Dogs offers a variety of sides (out of this world by the way), which you can wash down with a frothy, local brew. This is a great place to catch the game, take the kids to dinner or simply grab an outstanding meal. Throwing a party? Jerry's Dogs caters as well! Score!
Spotlight Article: Jerry's Dogs: Leaps and Buns Above the Rest
The culinary scene in North County San Diego is dog-eat-dog but when it comes to wieners, Jerry's Dogs is, well, top dog. Super bad puns aside, this relatively new Carlsbad eatery is the real deal. The biggest mistake you could make, however, is assuming Jerry's is a one-trick pony. The hot dogs are top notch but this place offers so much more. And, while other restaurants have figured out the magic of wood fired pizzas, this is one of the only restaurants in the area that uses it to make their hot dogs and burgers. Mindy Pometto – who owns this franchise with her husband, Phil – says the almond wood gives the food an "amazing flavor," and one bite into of anything off their menu and you'll surely agree. As for ambience, this place has it in spades. With a vibe that's part Mom 'n' Pop restaurant/part tavern, outdoor seating with twinkling lights, and TVs to catch the latest sporting events, Jerry's appeals to all crowds. On any given night of the week, you're likely to encounter a local football team or a soccer party, as Mindy and Phil are big supporters of the local community.
Sausages and salads abound, and the sides alone will knock your dog-lovin' socks right off. With House Potato Chips, Buffalo Tater Tots (tots in Buffalo sauce!), Skin-On-Fries, Chili Cheese Fries, Crispy Onions & Jalapeños, and Sweet Potato Fries, Mac and Cheese, and Chili, you might want to carve out some time just to figure out which one is the perfect accompaniment for your meal. If you're on the sauce (so to speak), you'll love hearing that Jerry's offers 10 different and majorly unique sauces to go with these sides. Each of them from the Garlic Parmesan and Chipotle Aioli to the Blossom Horseradish and Jalapeño Ranch is outrageously delicious. Side salads are available for those watching their waistlines, and they also offer low-carb and gluten-free options.
Burgers run the gamut from Jerry's Original and the Kickin' Bleu Burger to the Teriyaki Mushroom Swiss Burger and our all-time fave, The Mojo Burger. Get your mojo to get up and go-go with this baby, which boasts fried egg, bacon, cheddar, lettuce, and sliced tomato. Now that's protein power! Vegetarians will go gaga for the Hippie Burger, which is a veggie patty dressed with avocado, sweet peppadew peppers, lettuce, diced tomato. cucumber, and ranch.
But enough about all that, right? It's time to dish on the dogs, which are out of this world. To boot, there's a hot dog for every personality type. Control freaks will love the bar of fresh fixings to create their own, and those who are tried and true to the hot dog will love Jerry's Favorite ("all beef with snap!"), the Big Dog, or the Spiral Dog (a V-cut for enhanced flavor). There are 24 free fixings and a wide array of interesting premium fixings, such as Mac n Cheese, Hot Pastrami, and Coleslaw. Those who like to walk on the wild side should definitely try some of their wackier creations, as they do not disappoint. On the wilder end of this spectrum has to be the Chili Cheese Frito Dog, while the Fancy Shmancy Dog is like nothing you've ever experienced. The latter has garlic parmesan, herb roasted tomatoes, avocado slices, crispy onions, and jalapeños, making it the perfect combination of sophistication and comfort food.
Got pups in tow on your quest to find the perfect dog? Bring 'em along, as this place is the epitome of kid-friendly. Their Kids' Meals are simple and straight-forward – just like kids, themselves. The choices are an All American Dog, a Hamburger, a Corn Dog (made with a turkey dog), and Mac 'N Cheese. At $4.95 a piece and including fries, tater tots, or a fruit cup with a kid's drink, milk, or juice, it will hardly put you in the dog house with your master of finance. Kids will love getting their drinks from the modern Coke machine while parents will appreciate the beer and wine menu. In fact, Jerry's is one of the few restaurants to serve beer from Belching Beaver, which is an up and coming brewing company based in Vista.
Those planning a party will love that Jerry's Dogs got the catering part of their business up and running a few months ago, and they offer full onside grill catering for corporate, non-profit, fundraising and other private events. As Mindy notes, they recently catered four school festivals that were a huge hit with everyone involved.
Yours truly had a chance to sit down with Mindy recently and ask her a few questions about Jerry's Dogs. By the way, if you've got a hankering for a wood smoked burger, the Teriyaki Mushroom Swiss Burger paired with fries and garlic parmesan sauce is the way to go!
Do most people choose the specialty dogs and sausages or create their own from the fresh fixings bar?
"There's so many different options and so many different ways to do it, and that's the fun part. You can go be as simple as you want or go crazy with a Mac 'N Cheese or Pastrami Dog."
What's your favorite side?
"I like the tater tots. They're pretty popular but, to be honest, we rolled out new french fries about a month ago. The ones we had previously were awesome but these are incredible. They're just really, really flaky and lightly seasoned. They're awesome."
Tell me what a party would look like if you were catering?
"We bring the wood fire grill out. We have all the fixings. We can get as simple or complex with the fixings as people like. We can do some salads and chips and different sides as well."
Do you always bring the wood fire grill?
"It depends on the size of the party and on how extravagant you want to get but we also individually wrap the dogs up nicely in their foil packages with all the sides. We just did a party for the YMCA like that for about 50 people. We do that for a lot of companies' luncheons as well."
What do people order most?
"It's kind of a little bit of everything. Our burgers are pretty popular. There aren't many places in our area where you can get good burgers. Most people order off of our favorites ... the ones we've already customized for them."
How are your prices compared to other burger/hot dog places in the area?
"Our prices are pretty reasonable. It ends up being $9 or so for a combo meal, and those people are really full. We have happy hour, too, Monday through Thursday from 3-5. It's $3 dogs and $4 beers."