You might think that I’m going back and finishing up some more Chicago posts from last spring but oh no – this is a new joint right here in San Diego straight from Chicago! The spot is called Snappy Dog Chicago and it’s located in the old spot for Buddies Burgers near SDSU in the College Area. Jake got the tip about this new spot from a lady that works over at the Grocery Outlet in Allied Gardens. Cheers to her for the recommendation!
This is in the plaza next to McDonald’s on Montezuma Road. We visited on a Sunday and parking was easy breezy.
Helllllllooooooo yellow walls! I don’t remember what it looked like when it was Buddies but I’m thinking it was fairly similar decor. Nothing fancy.
Here’s one side of the menu at Snappy Dog Chicago. The hot dog side!
And here’s the “other stuff” side of Snappy Dog Chicago’s menu. Jake asked if the secret sauce was like “mild sauce” in Chicago and the gentlemen working told us the boss sauce was probably more like mild sauce. We didn’t try either one, actually, but we will have to in a future visit! The gentlemen (who I believe was the manager) also told us that they still have a location in Chicago – so this place is legit Chicago style food!
They make their own homemade mozzarella sticks at Snappy Dog Chicago and they’re a bit of a twist on the usual mozzarella sticks that you know and love. Of course we had to try them!
You get three “stix” for $4.50. We had ours with a side of marinara sauce. The mozzarella stix are wrapped in a golden brown crunchy wrapper instead of a panko-looking breading. It’s kind of like an egg roll filled with gooey mozzarella cheese! My only wish is that I was hoping for the mozzarella to be a little more gooey and a bit hotter. I definitely liked seeing another take on traditional mozzarella sticks! Would eat again.
I was excited to try the Italian Beef & Sausage combo [$7.25]. For the beef sandwiches, you have the choice of getting it “Dry” (easy beef juice), “Natural” (not wet, not dry), or “Wet” (sandwich dipped in beef juice). We got it “natural” and after awhile I wished we had gotten it dry because I dislike soggy bread. Soggy bread is the bane of my existence, you guys. Ugh.
The Italian beef itself was good, but not as good as the one we had in Chicago. The Italian sausage on the other hand was AMAZING. Like OMG AMAZING. The flavor was on point – full of herbs and wonderful spices – and it was incredibly juicy and tender. The sausage was PERFECT. I would come back and get a sausage sandwich all by itself without the beef – it was so delicious!
And I’ll have it with non-soggy bread, please. Thank you. Now I’m hungry for sausages again. Sigh.
Every sandwich at Snappy Dog Chicago comes with an order of fresh french fries. These reminded me very much of the fries we had in Chicago. Quite tasty and freshly made – score!
We will definitely be back to Snappy Dog just so I can get my Italian sausage fix again…. mmmmmm.
Snappy Dog Chicago
5854 Montezuma Rd
San Diego, CA 92115