At Matt’s Famous Chili Dogs in Georgetown, the menu frankly states, “Real Meat, Real Good.”
Owner and “Top Dog” Matt Jones backs up that statement by using a 100 percent pure-beef recipe, and has always had an affinity for hot dogs dating back to his youth in Southern California.
In 1992, his dream came to fruition when he opened up this tiny, yet colorful eatery set in the industrial section of South Seattle.
Naturally, the most popular dog is the chili dog ($3.49) topped with a chili resembling more of a meaty sauce than the traditional, thick, bean type.
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The menu: Besides the chili dog, there are eight other dogs ($3.29-$3.49), including a Seattle Dog with mustard, onions, tomato and cheese; and a 3 a.m. Dog served with grilled onions and cream cheese.
The Chicago Style sausages ($4.19) are tucked tightly between a soft bun with a choice of Polish, spicy Polish, Italian, Bratwurst or veggie.
Two sizes of French fries ($1.79-$2.29) can be ordered plain or layered with either melted cheddar cheese or chili ($2.79-$3.79) or both ($3.29-$4.29). An item that brought me back to my younger days was the chili chips ($2.99), which is an order of Fritos covered with chili, cheese and onions.
There are the basic strawberry, vanilla and chocolate milk shakes ($2.29-$3.29), and a root-beer float ($2.29-$3.29), plus sodas.
What to write home about: The hot pastrami sandwich, which got high marks from my family, comes on a soft French roll with thinly sliced pastrami, mustard and a kosher dill pickle. The burgers ($2.29-$3.89) were actually good, and come either plain with cheese or bacon or chili, and an extra patty can be added.
The setting: Two counters with five bar stools are the only places to chow down inside. There are also two wooden picnic tables outside.
Summing up: A chili dog ($3.49), cheeseburger ($2.59), hot pastrami sandwich ($7.49), Italian beef sandwich ($6.99), regular chili fries ($3.79), two large milk shakes ($3.29 apiece) and large soda ($2.07) came to $29.71 without tax.
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