Location: 1005 N. Rolla St., Rolla, Missouri
Hours: Open Monday through Friday from 10am to 5pm and Saturday from 10am to 2pm.
History: Owning a hot-dog shop wasn’t exactly what Cory and Susan Lawrence had planned. Cory worked in the aerospace industry and had just received the parts to build his hobby hot-dog cart when he was laid off. Instead of panicking, Cory and Susan got to work assembling their cart. One month later, in June 2012, O’Doggy’s was up and running. And after creating a few specialty hot dogs such as the aPORKalypse, a dog wrapped in ham, smothered in house-smoked pulled pork and bacon bits, O’Doggy’s cultivated a dedicated following. When winter hit a few months after opening, even snow couldn’t keep customers away from the small hot-dog cart. A few months later, in February, O’Doggy’s moved into a small trailer until 2014, when Cory and Susan moved into a brick-and-mortar shop. With much more legroom and plenty of protection from the rain and snow, O’Doggy’s serves up all-beef Nathan’s hot dogs topped with an eclectic mix of flavors. A rotating menu includes specials like the SouthPaw, a Tex-Mex mix of black-eyed peas, corn, tomatoes, bell peppers, avocado and chipotle mayo, and the bánh mì dog with housemade hot sauce, house-pickled red onions, cucumbers, radishes, cilantro and jalapeños.
★ Must-Try: If you happen to be in town on a Monday, order the MacO’Dog daily special topped with creamy mac 'n' cheese with bacon.
O’Doggy’s, 1005 N. Rolla St., Rolla, Missouri, odoggys.com