When I was growing up, every time we made a trip Victoria, we would stop at the Dog House for lunch. Childhood memories make for high expectations, so I was a bit nervous to visit it again as an adult. I wasn’t disappointed.
SERVICE: Our waitress, Maren, was phenomenal. She was funny, relaxed, and efficient. She gave me an honest opinion about a menu item I asked her about, and I can’t say enough about how valuable a quality that is in waitstaff. Looking around, I could tell that almost all of the staff was happy to be there. Given that we arrived at the tail-end of a Sunday lunch period in a restaurant that is probably slammed every Sunday morning, this is a good indication that something is “right” at this business.
FOOD: I had a two-egg breakfast with sausages and pancakes. My husband had the steak sandwich, and we shared “Fun in a Pan” for dessert. The portions were not huge, but I’m actually a fan of reasonable-sized portions when eating out. My eggs were cooked to perfection, and the presentation of the steak sandwich was really nice for a family restaurant. The dessert was delicious: I live the whipped cream cheese texture. One free beverage refill is included with the meal, and they have a fairly substantial selection of juices. The menu is huge, and breakfast is served all day. The selection of desserts made in-house is extensive and includes all kinds of pies (including blackberry, which I was so tempted to try!).
ENVIRONMENT: This is a family restaurant through-and-through, popular with seniors, families, and locals. Not a lot has changed here since I was a kid. The dark wood booths are still here, and there are lots of “vintage” things to look at on the shelves. The place is probably due for an update (or at least a full dusting), but given my childhood nostalgia, I’d say the decor part of the charm: it really, honestly looks like grandma’s house! There is a display case in the entrance way full of desserts. The bathrooms were clean. Sadly, there was no free wi-fi.
BOTTOM LINE: Better than I remembered. Economical. Maren (our waitress) was AMAZING. Huge menu.