A new west coast hot dog joint will be moving into the old Ruby Tuesday on State Street. 

WIFR - Dog Haus will be moving into the old Ruby Tuesday in the 7600 block of Walton Road, just off of East State. The restaurant serves up a variety of hot dogs, burgers and sausages. The Rockford location is expected to open in the fall.

This is some good news. If you, like I was, are unfamiliar with the chain and think we're just getting another run of the mill hot dog place, you are wrong.

After taking a look at their online menu I think I may have to restrict myself to this place only once a week. Let's take a look at some menu highlights:

  • Old Town - Smoked bacon wrapped dog, caramelized onions, chipotle aioli, pickled jalapenos, cojita cheese
  • Scott Baioli - Smoked bacon wrapped dog, cheddar cheese sauce, caramelized onions, garlic aioli (and an A+ pun for a name)
  • The Fonz - Spicy italian sausage, pastrami, cheddar cheese sauce
  • Thai Fighter - Spicy thai currywurst, wild arugula, pickled jalapenos, spicy basil aioli
  • The Hangover Burger - White american cheese, smoked bacon, haus chili, fried egg, mayo

These are only the highlights. There's plenty more on the menu to drool over. Full disclosure: I never went to Ruby Tuesday. I don't think I'll be able to say the same about Dog Haus.