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Taste Buds: Tito's Sloppy Doggs

September 12, 2013

It's nothing fancy.

In fact, it's downright 'sloppy'.

And they couldn't be prouder!

You are probably scratching your head right now and thinking "what the heck?!" - so we should probably clarify that we are talking about Tito's Sloppy Doggs located on National Road in Elm Grove.

Owner Chris Burress and wife Angela opened the shop three months ago and the clientele has been steadily growing. Setting their dogs apart is the fact that they use only all-beef hot dogs and the addition of "Sloppy Sauce" - Burress' own finely tuned recipe. Hot dog lovers rejoice!

Tito's offers hot dogs with various toppings which range from $2.50 to $4. The dogs feature everything from Sloppy Sauce with onion and cheddar, to homemade pulled pork, kraut and cole slaw. Tito's Choice allows patrons to choose their own unlimited toppings from a selection of condiments and other goodies such as relish, jalapenos, green olives and crispy fried onions.

Don't want a dog? Tito's has you covered, as they offer other sandwiches, salads and a bevy of fried delights. Among these are pulled pork, grilled cheese, turkey and pastrami sandwiches, classic and chef salads and fresh cut fries. For those with a sweet tooth, Oliver's Pies are available by the slice. Yay!

While neither Bud is a huge hot dog fanantic, we did want to get a taste of that Sloppy Sauce.

Bud Em opted for a chef salad, which rang in at 5 bucks, and an order of Sloppy Fries - hand cut fries with Burress' special seasoning, Sloppy Sauce and nacho cheese - which racked up another $3.50.

The salad was large and made of iceberg lettuce topped with plenty of deli ham and turkey, bacon, sliced green olives, onion, shredded cheddar and tomato. Everything was fresh and hit the spot for this salad lover. The Sloppy Fries were also a tasty treat, though certainly not for the faint of heart! The hand cut fries were not too greasy and the special seasoning added a nice kick. Tito's Sloppy Sauce, which has a unique sweetness and mild spiciness, was a yummy addition. Not something to indulge in every day but definitely a tasty treat.

Bud Shaunna decided to get the sloppy joe sandwich and a basket of fresh cut fries on the side. Served on a regular hamburger bun, this sandwich worked better when eaten with a knife and fork, as that was the best way to keep all of precious meat on the bun! Even though she is not a big fan of French fries, Bud Shaunna really enjoyed the fresh cut fries - they weren't soggy and the special seasoning gave them a nice flavor. With a can of pop on the side, this lunch rang in at 6 bucks.

If you're already a fan of Tito's and just can't get enough of that great sauce, you can purchase the Sloppy Sauce by the pint for $7.50.

The Buds were both pleasantly surprised by their meals, and they also felt very comfortable seated at the long counter watching Burress chat with customers while doing his thing at the burners. He and his wife chat with everyone like old friends, so it's definitely a relaxing, laid-back atmosphere.

If you're looking for a friendly lunch spot that's quick and reasonably priced, stop in to Tito's Sloppy Doggs in Elm Grove.



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