Situated just a stone’s throw from Huddle House on Highway 25, 3-D Dogs is a fantastic new dive that serves a sprawling selection of savory fare at a favorable price.
You can spot 3-D Dog’s modest shack from the road by identifying its iconic beacon which is, of course, a dog sporting a super hip pair of 3-D glasses. However, be sure to take the turn into the parking lot slowly since the entrance is narrow and traffic tends to flow both ways.
Inside, the quaint, clean dining room is separated from the kitchen by only a countertop and a cash register. Listen carefully and you may hear the jovial cook jamming out to rock music while he prepares your meal.
The intimate dimensions, along with the genial staff, create an atmosphere of comfort that is more comparable to grilling out with friends than to eating out at a restaurant. In fact, the only thing more inviting is the food!
As the name implies, 3-D Dogs pays homage to classic, all-American hamburgers and hotdogs. Most Alabamians grow up eating this duo routinely at fast-food joints and football games and occasionally consider a particularly tasty burger or bratwurst to be the primary incentive to attend a family reunion, so they know what makes a great burger. 3-D Dogs attends to all of our carnivorous concerns by making sure that the meat matters most.
Every patty is a quarter-pound slab of seasoned angus ground chuck, and the hotdogs and polish sausages are succulent and flavorful. The condiments and dressings are prudentially applied and accentuate the proteins without overpowering them. A particularly tasty example of this virtue is the Slaw Dog, where cold, creamy slaw meets tangy, robust barbecue sauce in a delightful play on popular southern barbecue tradition.
Just the various hamburgers and hotdogs could entertain most palettes, but 3-D Dogs provides additional delicious options for more eclectic eaters. The Philly Cheesesteaks are piled high with thinly sliced beef, blanketed with melted cheese and served on buttery, toasted hoagie rolls.
Other sandwiches include a Reuben, a BLT and even a gyro! There are also pizzas that can be customized with a variety of toppings, ranging from traditional favorites such as pepperoni to exotic specialties like pineapple.
No matter what you order, your meal will be reasonably priced. A la carte entrées hover around $5 and $6, and no combination of entrée, side and drink will exceed $10. Plus, they offer a 10 percent discount for presenting a valid student, military, police or firefighter I.D. At 3-D Dogs, the prices may be budgeted, but the flavors certainly are not.
3-D Dogs is open Monday – Thursday from 10:30 a.m. to 8 p.m., Friday from 10:30 a.m. to 9 p.m and Saturday from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Call-in orders can be placed at 205-476-8353.
Featured photo by Morgan Sargent.