"No one is really specializing in what we're doing," says Spike's Hot Dogs co-owner Spike Friedman, and you can test the theory today at the now-open Spike's Hot Dogs, located inside Portland's Galleria (home to Target), at SW 9th and Alder. With the recent shuttering of Micah Camden and Katie Poppe's ambitious Hop Dog, the future of the gourmet hot dog lies in the balance.
Spike's signature hot dogs are made by Hill Premium Meats in Pendleton, Oregon, and the dogs are "one-hundred-percent hormone and antibiotic free, with no gluten, fillers, extenders, or artificial ingredients," according to the website. The dogs are made using "naturally raised livestock," and the only additives are "fresh spices."
As the below menu shows, the dogs come in a variety of flavors, and then there's the condiment bar's full 25 feet of complimentary condiments, including Walla Walla sweet onions and Spike's signature mustards. Find veggie dogs and corn dogs, too, and most hot dogs run $6.25. Not sure what to get? Ask your friendly neighborhood "hot dogologist" (the restaurant's nickname for its employees).
Friedman co-owns Spike's Hot Dogs with Bob Parsons (Jake's, McCormick and Schmick's, The Benson Hotel), and he says this is only the first of ten-plus Spike's locations. Spike's is open daily, from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m., at 900 SW Alder, and if you don't think hot dogs are good for breakfast, Spike's serves breakfast sausage hot dogs, as well as a signature blend of Boyd's Coffee that costs only a buck.