Red Dog Dinner, New Orleans
The Good :
The sausage gravy and biscuits was one of the best I’ve ever had.
The Bad :
I got seated at a tiny wobbly table and a person of my size doesn’t do well in small spaces.
A popular all-day dinging spot with great options for breakfast and dinner.
Red Dog Diner is a quirky spot on Magazine Street in the Magazine District of New Orleans. Situated next to another popular spot, The Rum House. Generally, this place is pretty busy. I’m visiting on a Monday (granted, just after Voodoo fest where I am sure several people here are in recover mode) and its pretty packed. I didn’t have to wait but the group after me did.
My tiny wobbly table made it a little difficult to both type and not spill my coffee, fresh squeezed orange juice and water all over the place (notice it sloshing around in every shot). More incentive to drink faster I guess. I did feel kinda like one of those big circus bears riding a tiny bike. Big man, little table. A little awkward. I prefer a 4 top, even by myself.
MY food came out hot and fresh. Biscuits were fresh and moist, the gravy had plenty of flavor from the sausage. Often, I find gravy to be under flavored and flour-laden but this stuff was great. The scrambled eggs were fluffy and flavorful and even the garnish was a nice sweet treat in addition to my savory choice.
Looking at all the pictures online and being a huge fan of deviled eggs (my moms recipe really, never been able to find anything that competes.) So, I decided I would take a crack (get it, crack) at the deviled eggs while I was here before shoving off.
The Deviled Eggs were delish! (Maybe not as great as moms, but then again, is there ever anything that competes?). They were overstuffed with filling. Great creamy and pickled/ dill flavor. The little red pepper on top gave it a nice refreshing finish (is that even a thing?). After you eat one, give it a few seconds and you start to feel that slight southern spice creep in. Not hot by any means, but you get a hint of heat.
Atmosphere here is cool. The front is a standard bar layout with a few booths along the wall. A bit busy for me. Tables outside are nice if you can handle the heat most of the year. Lucky for me this time of year more mild temperatures and lower humidity make eating outside enjoyable. The cool part about this place is when you walk through the hallway to the back and discover another bar, which appears to be build into the side-of the building next door. An open ceiling that lets in fresh light and a rustic wooden dining room full of tables and fresh air. If you check out this place; make sure to make it to the back of the house to check out the scenery. Including a giant dog made of wood sticking out of the wall.
Fresh Squeezed Orange Juice and Coffee
Biscuits and Gravy with Scrambled Eggs
Country sausage gravy, scrambled eggs, mirliton chow chow
Deviled Eggs (Southern-style with b&b pickles)