Originally Published: March 19, 2015 11:39 p.m.
Ah, lunch. It may not be the day's most important meal, but it actually might be the first meal of the day for some people. And for those looking for some classic American food for lunch, there's Rock N Dog - a small eatery on Highway 89 near the Willow Lake Road roundabout - serving up hot dogs, burgers and fries.
Though the restaurant has been around for a while, owners Kevin and Elizabeth Jennings bought it in October. Kevin said it was their first foray into restaurants, noting he is primarily a real estate broker, and Elizabeth had retired and was helping to take care of her mother. But after a while, Kevin said it was time do so something else and added that they always wanted to go into the restaurant business.
"We looked at several of them for sale," Kevin said. "We felt like lunch made sense, our whole life wouldn't be devoted to it."
Kevin said the experience has been fun and new for both of them.
And Rock N Dog has a very loyal following, according to Kevin. He said people come in once or twice a week consistently because of the taste and quality of the food.
Internet reviewers seem to really enjoy the place too, with an average rating of 4.5 stars from sites like Yelp.com (10 reviews), Urbanspoon.com (two reviews) and mapquest.com (four reviews):
"I've tried almost every burger joint in town and this one is the best!"
"Definitely a great local place..."
"What a great find! Chili dogs delicious and messy - just as the way they should be."
"Best grilled dogs, burgers and fries! Period. Others try but fall short."
"...I had the best Polish sausage ever."
Among the menu, Kevin said it's almost a 50/50 split over whether diners order more burgers or dogs. And there's plenty of both to choose from.
On the side of hot dogs, there's items like the Rockstar (a jumbo all beef dog with ketchup, mustard, mayo, relish, onion, tomato, $4.19), the Amplifier (Italian sausage with caramelized onions and sautéed bell peppers, $5.99) and the Pres-Cago (jumbo all beef dog with mustard, onion, sweet relish, dill pickle spear, tomatoes, sport peppers and a dust of celery salt, $5.99).
As for the burgers, they have things like the Roadie (quarter-pound burger with lettuce, tomato, onion and VIP sauce, $5.19), the Hangover (quarter-pound burger with special ranch, caramelized onion, jack cheese, jalapeno and cilantro, $6.49) and the Mushroom Cheddar (quarter-pound burger with lettuce, tomato, onion sautéed mushrooms, cheddar cheese and VIP sauce (6.49).
Elizabeth said the Hangover and Mushroom Cheddar burgers are the store's most popular burgers.
They also have a couple salads and four different types of fries, a couple of which were just added, like the sweet potato fries and garlic cilantro fries.
In everything though, Kevin noted that the restaurant is quick food rather than fast food as it's cooked to order and takes about seven minutes to bring out a dog and fries, even if there's only one person in the restaurant.
Currently, Rock N Dog is open Monday through Saturday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. However, come May 1, the eatery will be open on Sundays and expand its hours until 6 p.m.
Rock n Dog is at 2161 Hillsdale Road. They can be reached at 928-379-9374 and found on Facebook at www.facebook.com/rockndog.