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Cheap Eats: Spanky’s Dog House

An eclectic new hot dog joint hits Livermore.


Mike k. // yelp.com

Around the corner from Livermore’s First Street, Spanky’s Dog House offers a new destination for Bay Area tube steak connoisseurs. The small restaurant—it’s actually more of a lunch counter—offers a variety of hot dogs and sausages. Basics range from the old-fashioned Spanky’s ($3.50) and the jumbo Spanky quarter-pounder ($4.50) to the “envy of all dogs,” a foot-long half-pounder ($7), and Cajun hot links or bratwurst ($6).

If you’re feeling adventurous, opt for a combo special ($5 with a hot dog, $7.50 with sausage) such as the Californian, topped with avocado pulp, fresh tomato medley, and garlic relish, or the El Spankeeto, with refried beans, chili, onions, jalapeños, nacho cheese, and bacon.

Take the challenge: If you like insanely hot food, or eating contests, take a shot at the atomic chili cheese dog. I lacked the intestinal fortitude to do the challenge after I watched videos of people suffering through it on YouTube, but if you can finish this dog, you’ll win a T-shirt and a picture on Spanky’s Wall of Flame.
Dog-friendly: Spanky’s has several outdoor tables in front of the restaurant and a jar of dog treats so your dog can eat while you eat your dog.
Special beverages: The drink offerings are mainly limited to soft drinks, but after you’re done here, you can wash your dog down with a cup of coffee from Panama Red next door, or a cold brew from First Street Ale House about 100 feet down the street.

Spanky’s Dog House, 174 South K St., Livermore, (925) 292-7398, spankysdoghouse.com. Lunch and dinner daily.

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