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mad dogs cafe / pacific beach | san diego, ca

Ahh, another Groupon deal. If it weren’t for these sites (LivingSocial, BuyItWithMe, etc.) I would probably try less new places. But luckily they exist – and are heaven sent for a food blogger on a budget! I bought two of the Groupon deals for Mad Dogs Cafe in Pacific Beach – $8 each, good for $20 each (I spent $16 and got to spend $40 at the restaurant – awesome). Jake and I took the kids again for a meal out – but we stayed on budget this time! Luckily they were patient with me as we rang up our order – we each got a dog of our choice, shared some chips and shared some gelato in the end. Good deal.

Their main items here are the Mad Dogs – your choice of sausage inside of a baguette roll. Prices range from $3.99 for a Frankfurter hot dog to $4.99 for a Sweet Italian Sausage or Andouille Sausage. You also get to pick what kind of sauce you want inside in the baguette with your dog. They’ve got a bunch of sauces, including your traditional mustard, ketchup and relish to the not-so-traditional, such as bbq sauce, sweet chili sauce, raspberry chipotle, curry, wasasbi mayo and their signature mad sauce.

I got the Polish Dog ($4.50) with just mustard inside. I didn’t feel like going crazy. I liked how the baguette wrapped around almost the entire dog – keeping whatever sauce you ordered safely inside of your bun. The polish sausage had a good smoky flavor to it as well – I really liked it!

We got 2 large orders of Fresh Potato Chips ($1.99 for a regular size, don’t remember how much the large size is) and some mad sauce on the side. I wanted to at least try the mad sauce, but I didn’t want it on my dog. I tried the freshly made potato chips with some of the mad sauce and I must say – their mad sauce is pretty killer. It’s sweet and slightly tangy with a bit of spice to it. It had a really good flavor. Jake thought it was perhaps a concoction of ketchup and mayo and laughed at me for “liking something with ketchup” (yes, I don’t like ketchup – how un-American of me). He tried to get the workers there to tell him what was in the sauce, but since it’s a secret all we could find out was that there was A) no ketchup (haha!) and B) there was mayo. In any case – the mad sauce is highly recommended with these excellent homemade potato chips!

Of course we had to get some gelato for sharing. We each tried a bunch of flavors.

After sampling a few of the flavors, such as the Nutella (yum), Pistachio(yum), Hazelnut (yum) and Panacotta (tastes like cake!), I decided to get half vanilla and half hazelnut. Getting half and half was a good idea – it tones down the flavors a bit and gives a little variety for your tastebuds. Really good gelato, too – creamy and rich and it really hit the spot after lunch.

I only went .40 cents over budget, too. How awesome is that! Mad Dogs Cafe also serves up breakfast all day – such as sandwiches, scramblers and crumpets – making this a good breakfast spot, too. I think I’d like to come back in and try a crumpet!

Mad Dogs Cafe
746 Emerald St.
San Diego, CA 92109
858-750-3114

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'2 Responses to “mad dogs cafe / pacific beach | san diego, ca”'
  1. Darlene says:

    Don’t you love these daily deals?? Really helps motivate me to try new places and eat out.

    I love a good hot dog and love the idea of it in a baguette.
    .-= Darlene´s last blog ..It’s like deja-vu, all over again =-.

  2. mary says:

    I would not try as many new places without the daily deals – they’re awesome!

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My name is Mary and I live in San Diego. I've been blogging since 2006 as a hobby - it's my fun, creative outlet! Some random things about me: I'm a front end web developer, I love peanut butter, cookies, warm cupcakes, puppy noses, star gazing, new bags of sugar, sprinkles, cupcake wrappers, egg rolls, eating french fries with ice cream, driving with the windows down, snuggling, wes anderson movies, staying up too late reading a good book and Jake. These are my adventures in all things food. Hope you enjoy the ride.
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