I watched HD1 being built up the street from my house. Every time I walked to Publix or the coffee shop I would pass it and think, “No novelty hot dogs, no”. Now HD1 is one of my favorite spots. It’s always a warm, positive experience - for me and my taste buds.
We started out with the B&B Beet Salad. HD1 uses fresh ingredients from sourcing from local farms to in-house meat grinding. The beet salad is made with spicy walnuts, apple, arugula, goat cheese puree, and beets and was a light, healthy start before I ate my weight in waffle fries, hot dogs, and soft serve (yes, soft serve).
Rule one at HD1 - consume HD Waffle Fries. They’re topped with maple-oy sauce and absolutely to die for.
You’ve probably figured out by now that I’m a vegetarian and I have never had a veggie dog like the ones served up at HD1. They’re made with care and in turn, incredible. But that’s one of the things I love about HD1. Whatever your eating preferences are, you have quality options. Any dog on the list can be made standard or with turkey sausage, veggie frank, or carrot dog (carrot dog!).
We went with the veggie version of Freemont St (garlic cream cheese, red onion-tomato salad) and the veggie version of Reuben’s (swiss, rusky dressing, sauerkraut). I highly recommend both.
And a drum roll please - HD1 always has two imaginative options for soft serve and one for bread pudding. We had peanut butter soft serve with cinnamon toast. Today their options are yellow cake or sweet tea - novelty eats at their finest.
The interior complements the cozy, inventive food with communal tables (an obsession of mine), warm colors, and lots of light. It’s hip and sleek but not in a snobby way. I adore that about it. They even serve all their yummy craft beers in cans. The place is somewhat casual but special.
I broke out my little Karta dress and paired it with a pair of cream colored Campers. I patiently wait around all Winter to break out this dress - perfect for sunshine, hot dogs, and soft serve.
Bring on the Summer (and see you Friday).