Trinity Groves, the restaurant incubator project by Macaroni Grill/Eatzi's founder Phil Romano, is really starting to bloom on the West Dallas side of the Margaret Hunt Hill Bridge. First there was Babb Bros. Barbecue and now next door is Hoffman Hots, a hot dog stand inside a whimsical wrap of retro, googie-style architecture on Singleton Blvd.
Inside, the space seems a lot smaller than the eye-catching exterior with most of the seating on stools around the perimeter. But you have to stand in line first to order, making the decision to go with either the German frank or the kielbasa and then choosing one of the 13 hot dogs available. We go for the Bavarian Dog with the kielbasa ($5.95, cooked in a pretzel mash and topped with mustard and dill pickle) and something totally out of the doghouse -- the sea dog ($7.95, fried cod topped with letuce tomato and onion). There are several other non-hot dogs on the menu like the burger dog ($6.95, basically a hamburger in hot dog clothing) and the bologna & cheese dog ($4.95).
Outside of the fact that it might be tough to find a seat, we liked what we ordered for the most part. The "buns," more like bread pockets, are toasted to a nice crunch. Both the cod and the kielbasa had a nice flavor though the Bavarian Dog might have benefitted with something like sauerkrat to give it some extra kick. (Hoffman's does sell a sauerkrat dog, by the way).
Of the sides, the Asian slaw ($2.75) -- cole slaw with cilantro -- was a good alternative to the seemingly less healthy fried onion straws, tater tots, and mac & cheese.
Didn't try the custard shakes (vanilla, chocolate, or Oreo, $5). Have to save something for the next time. Though, with the way hot dog places come and go in Dallas -- The Stand and Bowery both recently shut down on McKinney Avenue after being open only a few months -- let's hope there is a next time.
Hoffman Hots is located at 340 Singleton Blvd. in Dallas. Call 214 760-9977.