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Ruffhaus Hot Dog Co.

Jul 31, 2013 05:19AM ● By Style

Photo by Dante Fontana, © Style Media Group

Frankly, frankfurters have never been one of my favorite foods.

Maybe it’s because my childhood memories of the processed meat consist of eating them sliced up with Kraft macaroni and cheese or resting snug in a white, flavorless bun with cliché condiments. Regardless, my juvenile palate had cravings much more sophisticated. On a recent lunch date with myself at the cozy-meets-quirky Ruffhaus Hot Dog Co., however, I savored a sausage that was dog-gone delicious. The quick-serve eatery coins itself as a “hot dog pub,” but in addition to solely serving all-beef natural casing franks (much better than the ones I consumed as a youngin) and beer, they also offer European pub grub, gourmet sandwiches, eclectic sausages, veggie dogs, a bevy of breakfast items and sides yummy enough to be the meal’s main attraction. My noontime hunger had me hankering for the Mia Sorella, a house-made roasted garlic, portabella and basil chicken sausage, topped with arugula, goat cheese, sea salt and a drizzling of balsamic vinaigrette (from the namesake shop across the street). One bite into the fresh-baked bun and moist, snappy sausage and I was taken to hot dog heaven. Hearty enough to satiate me until supper without being overly heavy, I departed Ruffhaus pumped to pass on the good news about the hottest dogs in town. Ruffhaus Hot Dog Co., 4355 Town Center Boulevard, Suite 114, El Dorado Hills. 916-941-3647,

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