Originally Published: February 12, 2015 8:52 p.m.
Homemade condiments, fresh-baked bread, self-smoked and cured bacon... No, this isn't grandma's kitchen, it's actually a recently opened restaurant in Prescott called Nastee Dogs. Making almost everything fresh in-house, including baking fresh bread every day, making and pickling all the condiments and smoking and curing all the bacon, co-owner Stephen Roberts said it's actually easier to note what isn't made from scratch.
"Swiss, cheddar and cream cheese, because we don't own a dairy... and the ham that goes on the Cuban Sandwiches, because we haven't yet hit nine months to properly cure a ham," Roberts said. "But everything right down to the celery salt on the Chicago dog and the chili powder in our peanut butter beef chili, it's all made fresh here by us."
Nastee Dogs opened in November and it's already well-loved by Internet reviewers, with an average of 4.5 stars from Yelp.com (23 reviews), Urbanspoon.com (three reviews) and tripadvisor.com (nine reviews).
"Who would've ever thought that a hot dog joint would offer some of the best food to be had in Prescott?!"
"I would eat here every day if I could."
"...totally blew my mind."
"...the coleslaw is the best I have had in this town."
And coleslaw is just one of many condiments at Nastee Dogs. There's standard fare, like ketchup, yellow mustard, IPA mustard, spicy mustard, mayonnaise, habanero sauce, dill and sweet relish (all for free). And then there's the fancier ones, like Pico de Gallo, cranberry sauce, sauerkraut, cotija cheese and cilantro crema (all for 50 cents) and pinto beans, mojo pork, smoky turkey and the peanut butter beef chili (for $1).
The actual hot dogs are all in a price range of under $10 and include the Nastee Lady (Pretzel bun, house bacon, cream cheese, candied jalapenos and smoky caramelized onions, $7.50), Frau Blucher Nastee (pretzel bun, house bacon, fresh sauerkraut, smoky caramelized onions and IPA mustard, $7), the Carolina Nastee (poppy bun, peanut butter beef chili, raw onion, yellow mustard and creamy coleslaw, $6.75) or the Punk Rock Nastee (any bun, any meat, add any condiments, $5.50 and up depending on condiments).
And other than hot dogs? There's Paninis, like the Flat Cubano (buttermilk white bread, mojo pork, ham, swiss, pickle spear and spicy mustard, $8.50) and the Flat Welshman (whole weat bread, smoky cheddar, fresh tomato and spicy mustard, $5.50), a soup of the day, bacon potato salads, tater tots and pretzel twists.
The other co-owner, Paul Moskovich, said the name "Nastee Dogs" really comes from the size of the dogs.
"It's a real fork and knife experience," Moskovich said, adding that "Nastee is messy" rather than disgusting.
Moskovich also said that Nastee Dogs' growth has been completely organic, stating that the restaurant was cleared by the health department at 1 p.m. on October 31 and opened the next day with half the menu.
"By that Tuesday, we had a full menu and we've done nothing but add to it," Moskovich said.
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