Have a dog at Dog Haus

Monika Petrosyan, Magazine Editor

Taking the traditional taste of hot dogs and putting it in sweet Hawaiian bread sounds like it shouldn’t work, but it does. At Dog Haus, you have the option of enjoying this contraption or sticking with the classic hot dog or hamburger. This small establishment serves signature 100 percent all-beef skinless Haus dogs, Haus Sausages and 100 percent natural Black Angus beef burgers on grilled Hawaiian rolls.

This restaurant has one main quality that all food connoisseurs look for: a short wait time. You get in, give your order, wait no more than five minutes and are eventually greeted with an appetizing meal that tastes as appealing as it looks.

You can’t go wrong with the Little Leaguer. I don’t know who decided that putting chips into burgers and hot dogs should be a thing, but they made an excellent choice. Personally, I don’t like meals that are mixed with other sweet foods, but going to Dog Haus with the intention of not having a part savory, part sweet meal would defeat the purpose of going to Dog Haus all together. I ordered the Little Leaguer because it didn’t sound too sweet; it’s an average hot dog, but it’s served on Hawaiian bread, the part of the meal that makes it sweet. The combination of chili, cheddar, onions and Fritos collides surprisingly well with the sweet bread.

The first Dog Haus opened in Pasadena in 2010 by founders Hagop Giragossian, Quasim Riaz and André Vener. Since then, the franchise has expanded its location to 21 more cities in California and in five other states. As for the Burbank location, the restaurant itself is fairly small and cozy. There is seating outside but indoors is preferable. Inside, you can enjoy your meal to the quiet rock music playing over the speakers, the kind of music you would hear in a movie about teenage rebellion.

Dog Haus also serves burgers, and if you’re not too hungry but want a small meal, you can order their flavorful fires. Dog Haus also serves veggie hot dogs upon request. Regardless of what you order, you will be greeted by a stacked meal that you won’t have to eat to know that it’s good.

3817 West Olive Ave.           Burbank, CA 91505 (818) 566-4287

Open daily, 11 a.m. – 10 p.m.

105 N. Hill Ave. Pasadena, CA 91106
(626) 577-4287

Open daily, 11 a.m. – midnight (1:30 a.m. on Fridays and Saturdays)