Is It Any Good?

German Sausages in Old Town Pasadena.

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My love for Wurstküche still has no bounds, no matter how many times I write this review. It is without at doubt my favorite restaurant in Los Angeles.

My love for sausages and pork products is also deep and unreserved, but to get to Wurstküche, you gotta make a drive allllll the way into Downtown or Venice. Lord knows, I can’t do that every day.

What do you do if you have a hankering for Sausage, but want to get it a little closer to home? Well, maybe you swing by Dog Haus, or in this case Dog Haus Biergarten.

Now, most of the Dog Hauses are like the one on Hill St. in Pasadena. Dogs, Fries and Sodas. Basic stuff. You could bring your kids there. But the first one I went to, in Alhambra, was a bit more adult, with Beer on tap, TVs going showing the game. You could bring your kids there too, but you (the adult) would have a bit more fun.

So I’m not sure what the dichotomy is between the various Dog Hauses, but they’re there, and I prefer my Dogs with Beer anyway.

Dog Haus Biergarten takes over part of the space that used to be the old Red, White and Bluezz, and…well…the building is old. Real old.

Dog Haus Biergarten in Pasadena, CA.

And that…causes…issues.

Now, is it as good as Wurstküche? Not remotely. In the years since my first visit, Dog Haus has gotten more and more popular, and in my opinion the Dogs have gotten more and more average.

But I don’t think it’s Dog Haus’s fault.

At least not directly their fault.

I’m blaming my fellow customers.

Virtually everything is made now with King’s Hawaiian Bread instead of standard buns.

Now, Hawaiian bread, especially King’s, is a bit sweet, but I don’t think it goes well with the sausages…at least not as well as Dog Haus Biergarten does.

Funny thing me, when I have a Sausage, I kinda want to taste the Sausage. The bread, because its so sweet, to me it overwhelms the meat a bit too much.

But, because the bread is so sweet, it’s real popular with the customers.

Well, fine. What can you say? Dog Haus is just giving the people what they want, even if it’s less tasty.

As before, Foodies are going one place and everyone else is coming here. Dog Haus specializes in the comfort part of the comfort food classics. It makes you happy, and gives you a reason to come back.

 

WHAT SHOULD I GET?: The sausage combinations have changed, but the use of King’s Hawaiian bread has expanded if nothing else.

So the Abe Froman that I reviewed at the Dog Haus in Alhambra is long gone off the menu. Good. Too damn spicy, even for me.

This visit, I went ahead with Das Brat, which is a Bratwurst, with whole grain mustard aioli, white American Cheese, caramelized onions, and sauerkraut…on a split King’s Hawaiian roll.

I also tried (on a different visit) the Pig Lebowski, which is a Polish Kielbasa, Haus Fries (yes, on the sausage), Haus Slaw (yes, on the sausage), and BBQ Sauce…on a split King’s Hawaiian roll.

As I said,  it’s no surprise that the King’s Hawaiian stuff has gone over like gangbusters. But since King’s Hawaiian rolls are not meant for Hot Dog/Sausage consumption do lead to some…structural integrity issues.

They’re going to fall apart on you.

Basically, you can eat them traditionally, if you’re not afraid to have your clothes dry cleaned. If you want to stay neat, look like a fool and eat it with a fork.

The Pig Lebowski is okay, but it’s way too sweet for me, between the BBQ Sauce and the Bread. I’d recommend going with Das Brat, which is straight ahead and traditional.

 

IMPORTANT SAFETY TIP, PEOPLE: I will saw again, this is an old building, and has old building issues.

I’d advise sitting outside.

Just sayin’.

 

PARKING: Dog Haus Biergarten is just across the street from the Schoolhouse Parking Structure between Raymond and Fair Oaks. You can park there for 90 minutes for free. If the Schoolhouse is full…and it can be on Weekends and Holidays, try parking along or near Pasadena’s Central Park along Raymond where the meters are.

 

MAP DIRECTIONS:
Dog Haus Biergarten
93 East Green Street
Pasadena, CA 91105

Tel: (626) 683-0808

Hours:
Sunday-Thursday: 11:00 am – 12:00 am
Friday-Saturday: 11:00 am – 2:00 am