National Hot Dog Month Tour stop number 28 brought myself and Little Miss to Donna’s Dawgs in Middleboro, MA. One word describes this little hot dog stand on route 28 (and it’s owner): ADORABLE. Donna Vickery, a long time food service worker and bartender, started Donna’s Dawgs a couple of years ago.
Little Miss and I arrived early on a Saturday morning to meet Donna. Little Miss made friends with the big guy out front.
When we went inside, owner Donna Vickery greeted us with a warm smile and good, old fashioned hot dog hospitality. Donna is a long time veteran of the food biz who had a vision of ” a little yellow hot dog stand.” Her vision has become a reality!
If there’s one thing Donna is more proud of than her hot dog business, it’s her son: he’s a decorated veteran who served in Afghanistan.
Donna honors ALL heroes in her hot dog stand; there’s an entire wall dedicated to veterans of all ages and police and firefighters. Donna believes in honoring those who honor the rest of us with their service.
Donna’s pal, Deb, helps out at the shop and runs a graphics design firm out of the back of the building. Deb also pitches in with- ahem- marketing.
Donna managed to enlist Little Miss as a “marketing assistant” as well!
Donna has decorated the place with all sorts of funky stuff.
There’s even a ketchup and mustard rose bush. Ketchup may be a “no-no” on hot dogs, but it’s OK on roses!
The Hotdogman even got into the act!
Donna had all sorts of hot dog related costumes. Little Miss tried them all. She shows her true feelings about ketchup on a hot dog while wearing this costume.
I got into the act by playing Hot Dog Santa (sans costume). I brought a tour tee shirt, Onion Crunch, and Jalapeno Pearl Franks for our host. Donna cooked up the franks and handed them out to customers.
Deb tried a Jalapeno Pearl Frank with Onion Crunch.
Donna made me a chili dog which I topped with mustard, onions, and Onion Crunch.
Little Miss got her standard half mustard, half plain; she didn’t even wait for me to chow down!
I chowed down too!
We had a WONDERFUL visit with Donna and Deb at Donna’s Dawgs. Donna wanted Little Miss to hang out and help with service. I wish Donna and Deb the best with their respective businesses and Donna’s Dawgs is a place we’ll definitely hit up again. It’s a real family friendly hot dog joint with real heart and soul.
Enjoy the video.
HAPPY NATIONAL HOT DOG MONTH!!!!
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