Happy Dog - Gordon Square District

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    ( 5 reviews )

5801 Detroit Ave (at Gordon Square District), Cleveland, Ohio, USA, 44102

Serves meat, vegan options available. Has a veggie sausage which is Fieldroast brand Italian sausage and is served on an Orlando bun with as many toppings as you can fit, including a vegan chili. Fries and tater tots come with your pick of sauces. A menu indicating which of the toppings are vegan. Open Mon-Thu 4:00pm-2:30am, Fri-Sat 11:00am-2:30am, Sun 11:00am-12:00am.

Categories: American, Fast food, Beer/Wine, Non-veg

5 Reviews

First Review by Veganbloke

Great dog, amazing tots! - Edit

Great local bar with music, trivia, and Field Roast veggie dogs. Just seat yourself, fill out a food order, and enjoy. Tots fries are both excellent.

Pros: Veggie dog with plenty of veggie toppings, amazing tots, great beer selection

Cons: Sometimes a bit loud, but adds to the atmosphere, some toppings (relish) make bun too soggy

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Hot Diggity ! - Edit

Street parking, neighborhood wasn't bad. Walked in and was greeted right away. I mentioned I was a vegan , the server handed me a list that clearly indicated vegan options. You check off all your toppings, put your name one it and the server takes it. Great

Pros: Vegan options, Clearly marked staff, Friendly staff

Cons: Price

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Fun options, cheap, vegans not an afterthought! - Edit

March 2014 UPDATE: I recently went three times in three days in town, and am happy to say that I loved it all three times, and found it much tastier than I did before. The vodka sauerkraut is better than the Yuengling sauerkraut used to be, the Alien relish tastier (still the same weird St. Patrick's Day green), the vegan chili topping had more kick, etc. Still dirt cheap at $5 for a vegan dog with unlimited toppings, and $3 for tots or fries (plus $1 per topping, but free unlimited dipping sauces.)

Yes, there is a ton of meat. But you can ask for the vegan and vegetarian menu decoder list, and there are LOTS of delicious vegan options. Vegans definitely aren't an afterthought here.

The atmosphere is hipster working class bar. Around 15-20 beers on draft, a full bar, and almost always a lot of people. Do check the hours before you go: most weekdays they don't open until 4pm. (IIRC, Friday through Sunday are the only days they open for lunch.)

I've left my original review below.

I'll keep going back!

This is a fun, beautiful bar that serves hot dogs, including vegan Field Roast dogs, with a ton of available toppings.

Unfortunately, while it's fun, the actual taste was kind of underwhelming. And for the toppings I got on my field roast ($5, with as many toppings as you want) it shouldn't have been so... blah. I got:

Yuengling sauerkraut
habernero pickled onions
caramelized onions
sport peppers
"alien" pickle relish (BRIGHT green, not sure what else)
Jamacian jerk mustard mojo

With all this, it should have been full of flavor, right? Well, it wasn't. It was fine, tasty enough, but really pretty underwhelming for taste.

You check off boxes for toppings that you want on an order sheet which the bartender or server takes back to the kitchen, and amazingly quickly, your food comes out.

The "vegan menu" is actually a sheet which indicates which of the available toppings are vegan (and GF, etc.) I'll try uploading a picture.

Great draft beer selections, with lots of local, Ohio, and upper Midwest represented.

I'd certainly go back, but probably wouldn't out of my way again.

Updated from previous review on Friday June 28, 2013

Updated from previous review on Thursday March 20, 2014

Pros: amazing vegan topping selection, great draft beer list

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Simple, yummy, great beer - Edit

This is one of those great finds you have to be a local to know. You get exactly what you are thinking - hotdogs and drinks, oh and Tater Tots. There are over 20 different toppings for the VEGAN hot dogs. The toppings are on a menu for vegan, vegetarian and gluten-free. Ordering is a bit tricky, but ask your server for help.

Additional parking across the street and on a major bus line.

You get exactly what you think - a large hot dog with whatever toppings you want as many as you want. The toppings go from mustards and sauerkraut to tex-mex to traditional relish/ketchup.

BEER SNOBS - this is your joint for all kinds of microbrews on tap. You can get a tasting of a beer before you commit, but don't abuse it. Great atmosphere for a fun date or night out with the gang. Great place to watch a sports event.

LUV this place.

Pros: Good simple food, Many Choices, Great Beer/Wine list

Cons: Decor is very laid back, May need additional parking for weekends, Few side dish options

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Happy Times @ Happy Dog - Edit

Called in on an early Saturday evening - this has got to be one of the best vegan-option places in Cleveland. First and foremost it's a VERY down to earth bar, unpretentious, great beer selection, nice mixed crowd, friendly staff - so off to a great start...

The menu is essentially a (meat or) vegan hot dog, with a pretty intimidating list of topping options (a list of vegan/gluten free toppings available on request) that should keep any local coming back for more on a daily basis for at least several months to try out all the possible combos). Then there's the options of fries or tator tots (really?! do they even bother stocking fries?!) with various sauce options.

Great spot - I highly recommend it and hope to be back again soon.

Pros: Vegan Dogs!, In a bar!, V. fast service!

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