Atomic Dawg [DTW - Berkley]
On the west side of Coolidge, between Catalpa & 12 Mile.
Visited yesterday @ 1PM. It was almost a ghost town. Two tables occupied
upstairs. I was the only person downstairs. One other customer was turned
away because they are a cash-only operation.
Chicago dawg was quite good. Good snap. Good poppy seed bun.
Properly dressed. Tasty. Ate half and took the rest home for dinner. It
New York Italian sausage was of the sweet, not spicy, variety. For some
reason, I was expecting spicy. My fault. Good bun w/chew. Good
sausage. The cooked onions were also good. Ate half and took the
rest home for dinner. It re-heated okay.
I noticed an olde fashion, 4-spindle milkshake mixer. I was told that
they used hard/frozen ice cream. I order chocolate and didn't pay
attention to the ingredients or prep. I prefer my milkshakes a bit
coarse. This was soft-serve creamy. My mistake. Not very
chocolate-y. Dunno if they added any chocolate syrup. If they did,
they need to add more. Also, not super-sweet (just as I prefer).
The grill & counter setup make me wonder if they can keep up with a
Overall; if I'm already in the neighborhood and craving a proper dawg,
I will return. If they & Hippo's are equally convenient, I will probably go
I am inclinded to return @ ~12:10 ... just to see what their noon-time
traffic is like ... and whether they are a dawg delivery machine on the
same scale as Hippos.
I imagine between 12-1 they're busy with HS students.
We tried Atomic not long after they first opened and weren't horribly impressed but I think we need to try again.
> the grill & counter setup make me wonder if they
> can keep up with a lunch rush.
In one word: No.
No, they couldn't keep up. No, there was no
lunch-rush (last Saturday). I counted eleven
customers, including me.
I returned on Saturday ~12:20 ... and the staff
seemed to be very busy - a frenzy of activity. Two
women were doing everything but the actual
grilling. The guy at the grill was also training
someone who was *very* new to the operation.
I was the only person in line to place an order;
and it took'm four minutes to acknowledge my
presence and take my order.
I ordered two dawgs and a milkshake. I was told
that the milkshake would "take a long time because
I have seven others ahead of you." They've got a
5-spindle blender. How long could seven milkshakes
take? I decided to heed her advice rather than
risk waiting "a long time."
The dawgs (to-go) appeared on the counter 22 mins
after I arrived, without anyone besides the grill
cook noticing/acting. I let them sit there for ~3
mins, just to see what would happen. Nothing.
Happened. Only when I went to investigate
(pulled/read the tkt) did anyone make a move
towards putting the two dawgs in a paper bag.
They didn't include napkins and I didn't notice.
Their version of coney sauce was ... different. It
is more of a ground beef sauce than classic coney
sauce. I will not order it again.
I do not see a way for this operation to survive
given the current volume of customers, staffing
and slow throughput. I spent almost 30 mins for
two dawgs ... and she still had four milkshakes to
make when I left.
I confirmed that they do indeed use hard-frozen
ice cream for their milkshakes. They leave them
on the mixer so long that they have a smooth,
I took the long way home; stopping at Jaws for my
milkshake fix. Yolando had me out the door in 4 mins.
I went to Costco and had a hot dog in my hands in 60 seconds, and that was *after* the girl and I had two communication errors. I put the mustard on myself. It came with a drink, and it was $1.59 out the door.
There is no world, either this one or any that are in parallel to this one, in which I would wait 25 minutes for a hot dog. I will *never* be that hungry.
So...won't be going here!