Tasty 8’s Gourmet Hot Dogs in Raleigh is located on Fayettville Street up at the end near to the State Capitol building. I like a hot dog and I am always intrigued when someone says that they have a ‘gourmet’ dog, it sounds like a oxymoron. I am always willing to take a chance and I am pleasantly surprised by what I find to eat.
As soon as I walked in I knew instinctively that I was on to a good thing. They had 8 different hot dogs to try and 8 different local beers on draft…. hold on a minute…I get it now 🙂 = Tastys 8’s. They also have (apparently) ‘8 tasty shakes, and fries accompanied with 8 mouthwatering dipping sauces’
I like the look of what was on the Tasty 8’s menu a lot, especially the BLT which was described as a dog wrapped in bacon with arugula, cherry tomatoes and basil aioli. This sounded like the perfect combination of guilty pleasure with bacon and sausage mixed with a little side salad to even things out. I might be coming back for this one,
but as it was I ended up choosing to try the Dog of the Month
The Dogfather was an Italian Fennel sausage topped with sautéed peppers and onions and a very decent liberal dressing of Dijon mayonnaise. I really bought into this combination, it brought back all the memories of sausages I had at many street festivals in New York and of sausages eaten at the boardwalk on the Jersey Shore. It was spot on!
I loved the actual ‘dog’ itself, a great big meaty boiled and charred Italian sausage full of that gentle onion like anise flavour. When you bite it the skin ‘pops’ and all the lovely hot juices seep out and mix with the juice from the peppers and onions, throw in the spicy tang of that mayo and I feel like I am eating my dog with the Godfather himself.
They have Beer too
So the dogs look good, and taste good too, but I need to wash that down with something awesome, like some local beer!
They have some excellent local brews on tap and when I was here I was really enjoying the beer from Crank Arm brewery, Zip Away was my choice on the day and it was a very good choice indeed.
They describe it as an ‘Asian-inspired saison is the perfect summertime beer. Along with being crisp and light, the addition of lemongrass and ginger adds a great zip to this one!’
It was a bit flavoured but the part I liked was the ‘crisp and light’ aspect. Just as I like it!
I really like Tasty 8’s, lets face it what is not to like? Dogs and Beer? Awesome
121 Fayetteville St. #108, Raleigh, NC 27601
Phone: (919) 307-8558
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“At Tasty 8′s we celebrate community, as well as creative twists on all-American classics. Above all, we understand the community’s need for tasty food, cold drinks, and a good time. We strive to make Tasty 8′s the kind of place where everyone can enjoy good food and fun times with friends and family. With 8 types of dogs, 8 styles of beer, 8 tasty shakes, and fries accompanied with 8 mouthwatering dipping sauces, you’re bound to spend time here hanging with friends and creating memories to last a lifetime.”