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The Cocky Balboa sausage at Dog Haus features a chicken-mozzarella link, basil aioli, and pickled jalapenos.
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Try Not to Lose It Over Dog Haus’ Snazziest Hot Dogs, Sausages, and Burgers

Here’s where to start on the new arrival’s menu

West Coast chain Dog Haus opened its newest location Friday, April 13 in Bethesda, Maryland, unleashing its arsenal of gourmet hot dogs, sausages, burgers, and chicken sandwiches on D.C. diners.

The nationwide eatery, which started in California in 2010, serves a core menu of eight specialty dogs, eight specialty sausages, seven burgers, and either a grilled or fried chicken sandwich, plus seasonal offerings (Oktoberfest; Thanksgiving). There’s also bimonthly offerings created by different celebrity chefs. April’s contribution: a lap cheong sausage with spicy-sweet pepper relish from The Next Food Network Star alum Adam Gertler. $1 from the sale of each limited item offering is donated to food charity No Kid Hungry.

A spokesman for Dog Haus tells Eater that like all other franchisees, Bethesda owner Faizan Khan, is welcome to work with the group’s corporate culinary team to develop new flavor combinations and regionally inspired offerings. At least for now, locals will have to stick with the existing menu items.

Here are the top selling hot dogs, sausages, and burgers to date across the Dog Haus family of restaurants:

Sooo Cali

The Sooo Cali hot dog at Dog Haus.
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A company spokesman says this fried onion, arugula, and avocado topped beef hot dog has been on the Dog Haus menu since day one.

Old Town

The Old Town hot dog at Dog Haus.
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Another member of the original Dog Haus lineup, this creation features a bacon-wrapped frank dressed with caramelized onions, chipotle aioli, and pickled hot peppers.


The Cowboy hot dog at Dog Haus.
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Dog Haus’ ode to the wild west includes a bacon-wrapped hot dog smothered in cheddar cheese sauce, fried onions, and barbecue sauce.

Sooo Veggie

The Sooo Veggie sausage at Dog Haus.
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Another carryover from Dog Haus’ original menu, the Sooo Veggie features smoked apple sausage, avocado, tomato, fried onions, and basil aioli.

Cocky Balboa

The Cocky Balboa sausage at Dog Haus.
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This Italian-style offering was introduced within the past year. It features and chicken-mozzarella sausage dressed with pickled jalapenos, and basil aioli.

Thai Fighter

The Thai Fighter sausage at Dog Haus.
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Another recent addition, the Thai Fighter features spiced currywurst, pickled hot peppers, and basil aioli.


The Freiburger at Dog Haus.
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Part of the opening lineup, the Freiburger stacks a fried egg, American cheese, slaw, French fries, and mayonnaise atop a beef burger.


The Ringer burger at Dog Haus.
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The long-standing Ringer features a beef burger decked out with fried onion rings, barbecue sauce, cheddar cheese, and smoked bacon.


The Mensch burger at Dog Haus.
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This roughly year-old creation has resonated with burger lovers prefer to have their meat accompanied by American cheese, pastrami, pickles, Thousand Island dressing, and slaw.

Bad Mutha Clucka

The Bad Mutha Clucka sandwich at Dog Haus.
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Dog Haus’ chicken sandwich is available fried or grilled. Pickles and miso ranch come standard.

The new restaurant is projected to operate from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m., Sunday through Thursday, and from 11 a..m. to 2 a.m. on Friday and Saturday. Happy hour runs from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. daily.

The dining room at Bethesda’s new Dog Haus.
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Status: Certified open. 7904 Woodmont Avenue, Bethesda, Md.; website.

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