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Old Sacramento should be considered a world-class destination for "foodies," as there are a staggering variety of restaurants, bars, night clubs and bars, located in an eight-block area.  The area offers cuisine ranging from hot dogs, to multi-course meals, prepared by world-renowned chefs.  I have a tendency to dine on the low-end of the "foodie" spectrum, so I have a tend to gravitate towards hot dogs.  Monday, September 05, 2016, I had the opportunity to visit Spy Dog, and enjoy a delicious hot dog, in Old Sacramento, while visiting the annual Gold Rush Festival, held every Labor Day weekend.

As with all of my reviews that I post, I have no affiliation with the restaurant reviewed, and there is no monetary gain on my part, as I am simply a person who likes to eat, and I love to write-up, and publish my dining experiences.

Photo:  Spy Dogs is located in Old Sacramento, on Front street, near the Sacramento River and the California State Railroad Museum.  If you choose to sit outside, you can watch the action constantly unfolding in Old Sacramento. On weekends, you can watch the excursion trains in action, courtesy of the railroad museum, and the Sacramento Southern Railroad.

Photo:  I arrived to an empty restaurant, just after it opened at 11 in the morning, on Monday, September 05, 2016, which happened to be Labor Day.  The restaurant isn't normally open on Monday, but I suppose they made an exception on this Monday, as it was Labor Day, and the annual Sacramento Gold Rush Days festival was in full swing.

The dining room is compact, to say the least, as there are four tables, and a small, 2-seat bar.  The condiments are to the left of the photo, and the kitchen is partly visible, in the center of the photo, through the door, behind the cash register.  My server was in the kitchen when I entered, warming up the hot dog cooker, so I had to "ding" the bell on the counter to attract his attention.

Photo:  If you think a "fast food" restaurant has a compact menu, check out the menu posted at Spy Dogs.  My friendly host, Dean, explained to me they were out of corn meal, so #85, their hand dipped corn dog, was off the menu.  No worries, as I had my focus on a hot dog.

Photo:  If you choose to dine inside, you'll still have a great view of all the action happening in Old Sacramento.  If you want a better view, and if the weather cooperates, you can dine outside, as these folks are doing, and you'll really be able to take in all of the action happening on historic Front Street.

Photo:  The hot dogs arrive "bare," so a trip to the condiment table is a necessary, unless you prefer your dogs "undressed."  Fixin's include diced onion, pickled jalapeno slices along with sweet relish.  Condiment include both yellow and brown mustard, two varieties of hot sauce, and a dreaded tub of ketchup, for those who care to desecrate a perfectly good hot dog with the stuff.

Photo:  Meet Dean, my friendly hot dog guy, who clowns for the camera, as he delivered my hot dog.  I love it!

Photo:  Thanks Dean, for snapping my photo, as I posed for my undressed hot dog.  After my photo was taken, a trip to the condiment bar was mandatory.

Photo:  My quarter pound hot dog is dressed, and it's ready to become my lunch.  When it comes to hot dogs, I'm pretty basic, to today, I dressed my dog with diced onion, yellow mustard, and sweet dill pickle relish.

The dog was perfectly cooked, I assumed on a hot dog cooker, as per Sacramento regulations.  It was perfect, and when I bit into the dog, it "snapped," which is the mark of a good hot dog.  The bun, along with the condiments, was fresh, and wonderful.  This was a good hot dog, and it made for a perfect lunch!

Great hot dogs, friendly service, reasonable price, along with casual, outdoor dining, if you choose, so you can watch the action happening in Old Sacramento, or gaze at the Sacramento River.  It's your choice, and it's all happening at Spy Dogs.

Spy Dogs
1100 Front St, #130
Sacramento, CA 95814
916 448-2788

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