1022 17 Ave SW
Tubby Dog is one of the coolest places I’ve ever eaten at! I will get back to that in a bit.
My Fiancee and I visited Tubby Dog recently on a trip to Calgary. We were in town to see Weezer at the X-Fest Festival at the historic Fort Calgary. The festival was pretty good and we had a good time. The only two downers were the complete lack of porta-potties (60 or so for 14,000 people) and the incredibly hot sun on my unprotected legs. For most of the afternoon, I sat on the grass with my legs crossed, and I forgot to put sunscreen on my legs. Needless to say my inner leg at my knee was very crispy (later that evening I bought the best sunburn gel with aloe and a numbing agent!)! By the time Weezer came on, the sun was setting and it was getting a little cooler. Weezer put on an excellent show as usual! They played 19 songs and we were very satisfied at the end. We didn’t stay and watch the final band, Jane’s Addiction since we were very tired from the sun. Though I really wanted to see then, it works out we will see them later this fall at another show.
Anyways, back to the subject of this blog entry. We discovered Tubby Dog by browsing Urbanspoon. It had a very high rating and had an extremely creative and interesting menu. We visited Tubby just after we left the festival. It was located in the heart of the trendy 17th Avenue district of Calgary. It was full of restaurants, shops, and bustling night life spots. According to www.uptown17.ca, Uptown 17 is “located in the heart of the city and in one of Calgary’s oldest communities, Uptown 17th Avenue – the Pulse of Calgary – is a neighbourhood where people come to live, work, dine, shop and to explore one of Canada’s most thriving cosmopolitan areas“.
Again, Tubby Dog is one of the coolest places I’ve ever eaten at! We walked into a dim restaurant with bright orange, yellow and red colours. In the back ground was playing uncensored music by the Notorious B.I.G. I knew I would like this place! Tubby Dog serves hotdogs and yummy deep fried goodness. There were no limits on the music and definitely no limits on the dogs they serve!
The menu was large and unique! My fiancee decided to go with the A-Bomb (cheese, bacon, mayo, mustard, ketchup, potato chips) and I ordered the Sumo. The Sumo had so many delicious toppings on it, but I was leery of what it would taste like all together. The Sumo had Japanese Mayo, Wasabi, pickled ginger, seasoned sea weed salad, and sesame seeds. All hot dogs came on a fresh baked, steamed bun. We also ordered half orders of the Tubby Chips and the T-Rings.
When we got our food my jaw dropped and my eyes bugged out of my head! If you can’t tell by the picture, the fries and rings came served on a full sized cafeteria tray! The onion rings were massive and the fries were amazingly fresh, hot and crisp! The dogs were still steaming hot when we got them. I began getting anxious on how I was going to eat this mound of flavour. Should I pick it up and risk it disintegrating in my hand creating a huge mess? Or, do I use the knife and fork provided? My Fiancee picked hers up, so I decided to do the same. Well, the dog stayed together. I have no clue how it did, but it stayed intact the whole way. The Sumo dog was UNREAL! It was one of the best things I’ve ever eaten. All flavours were in perfect balance… not too much wasabi, just enough mayo, and heaps of seasoned seaweed and pickled ginger. All together it tasted like hotdog sushi! I would eat this over and over and over and over! The A-Bomb was really good too. The flavours of salty pork, cheese, and bacon reminded me of a more traditional hotdog. My Fiancee said she liked hers, but wished she would have ordered the Sumo.
I would urge anyone living in or visiting Calgary to try Tubby Dog! If you want a truly unique food experience, then you must eat here. The old school music, hip vibe, and eclectic space makes their food taste just that much better!
P.S. Sorry for the complete lack of posts over the last while. We’ve been working hard losing weight since January. Stay tuned for an entry about how healthier eating has changed our lives!