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dogs n dough manchester review


Hidden away in Manchester is an underground diner ready to blow your mind with a menu stuffed with the greediest, craziest, messiest food ever.

dogs n dough manchester review


Dogs 'n' Dough delivers some much needed variety to the burger-saturated foodie scene in Manchester. I love a good patty as much as the next girl, but with a new burger joint popping up on every corner I'm ready for something a little different. And that difference is the hot dog, folks.


The menu at this place is all sorts of awesome. I hear it began life pretty humble, but has since exploded to include 15 dogs, 15 pizzas, a load of sides including several obscenely brilliant variations of fries and nachos, and my personal kryptonite - the dessert pizza. But there's some mouthwatering close ups shots coming up later on that front.


dogs n dough manchester review


Once you've found the practically-secret-it's-so-hidden entrance (well done you!) and bravely made your way down the stairs, you find yourself in a American style dive-bar-meets-diner space. There's lots of bottle green booth seating, neon and kitsch artwork (celebrating hot dogs, obv). It feels like the perfect place to bring a pile of mates and spend a few chilled hours catching up over a stack of gutsy food and too many drinks. The only thing missing is a couple of pool tables.


The tunes deserve a mention. Old school and truly brilliant for it. Too many drinks and you'll be belting them out - guaranteed. Special mention to Don't Stop Believin'. Don't even try to pretend it's not a secret favourite ;)


dogs n dough manchester review


Before we get started on the the food, the bar deserves a big ol' shout out. I'd consider myself reasonably apt at holding my drink and I only had two cocktails. TWO. And I definitely left pretty pissed, despite all the carbs I devoured to soak it up (and much to the amusement of my pal). They don't serve up pansy cocktails hiding a shot of alcohol under several layers of fruit juice and mixer.  We tried a few and my hands-down favourite was White Lightening (vodka, prosecco, apple and lemon) which was zingy and refreshing.


Now for the food.


dogs n dough manchester review
dogs n dough manchester review pizza


We agonised over the menu. For AGES. In the end, we decided to share a dog and a pizza between us and were swayed by two of their current specials. The first, the Passage To India pizza. Crispy dough piled high with chicken tikka, spiced onion and mini poppadoms - drizzled with raita and mango chutney. Literally an Indian takeout on dough and, though there was a potential for it to touch on being too novel, it completely worked. It turned up on the table in a takeout box - another nice touch that lent itself well to get stuck in with your hands vibe the whole place has.


dogs n dough manchester review hot dog


Our next pick was the Smokin' Joe dog. It comes piled high with pulled pork, coleslaw (which was SO good), bbq sauce and topped with jalapenos. It's a PROPER hot dog, too. They serve up frankfurters with a slight kick and an authentic skin that may feel a little unusual if you're not used to 'em. The brioche bun also deserves a mention - fresh without a hint of dryness.


dogs n dough manchester review


To add the ever growing pile of food on our table we grabbed a couple of sides. Kiev fries (topped with garlic butter, cheese and herbed crumb) and dog bites (cheese topped dough balls stuffed with jalapenos). The fries were awesome dunked in their garlic mayo dip (there's tons to choose from) and whilst we enjoyed the bites we found them to be a touch on the dry side.


dogs n dough manchester review dessert pizza
dogs n dough manchester review dessert pizza
dogs n dough manchester review dessert pizza


The. Dessert. Pizza. We were giddily excited about this infamous menu item and we weren't disappointed. A soft doughy pizza base smothered in melted Nutella and marshmallows landed on our table, scattered with our choice of Malteasers and peanut M&M's (you pick two toppings from the menu), and finished with a generous drizzle of butterscotch sauce.  It felt like we had been dealt a challenge. A test of endurance. And we failed.


Full tummies aside, the sheer size and craziness of this thing was awesome. Between six people or so it would be the perfect sweet bite to finish off a meal. Between two, it made for the Best. Doggy. Bag. Ever. The only thing that could have built on it's brilliance would be if the toppings were baked too. 


dogs n dough manchester review


Price-wise, it's more than reasonable. You can grab any dog or dough and be left with change from £10. There's also a pretty awesome set of happy hour deals to take advantage of between 4pm and 7pm, Monday to Friday (including 2 dogs and a four pint pitcher of beer or bottle of wine for £22). 


If you're after a prim 'n' proper posh meal then Dogs 'n' Dough really isn't for you. But if you're after a chilled, easy place to indulge in a greedy stack of grub and have some drinks with a pile of mates it's perfect. They even have selfie sticks on hand ready for group snaps - I'm a sucker for details and they have 'em nailed.


You can find Dogs 'n' Dough on Bow Lane - just off Cross St. near Albert Square. It's set back from the road so keep your eyes peeled for the neon sign! I've hooked you up with directions here and you can find more details (including opening times and all that jazz) on the Dogs 'n' Dough website.


DOGS 'N' DOUGH VERY KINDLY TREATED US TO OUR MEAL. FOR MORE INFO, SEE MY DISCLAIMER.