There’s something mighty good about a hot dog (mustard and chili please). They’re tasty, easy on the wallet, and made for the perfect partner when Chevrolet lined ‘em up with baseball and apple pie.
But where to get some?
District residents and workers choose from DC-3, Ben’s Chili Bowl and food trucks. Northern Virginia magazine recently touted their top spots, but Alexandria was nowhere to be found.
Enter Keith Williams-Parker and Patrick Thomson, area natives and proud entrepreneurs of “Bottom Dollar Dog” at 723 Wilkes Street in Old Town. The two friends opened their establishment in May, selling hot dogs, hamburgers, steak and cheese sandwiches and breakfast items.
The food shack they operate out of is something of a local institution. Walter Williams, Keith’s late grandfather, sold sandwiches for decades before retiring in the mid-90s. Before the small building on the corner with S. Columbus shuttered its take-out window in 2008, Christie’s Café and then Corner Coffee & Sandwich fed hungry tummies there.
Elizabeth Jones of the Old Town Crier has a nice write-up on them in this week’s issue. I hadn’t been by there lately, so I was thrilled to learn about the re-opening.
Service is quick and friendly, prices very reasonable. Across the span of three days, my taste buds enjoyed a hot dog, a burger, and an “Egg Bone,” one of their specialty items. Don’t worry, no bones are involved, just a nifty play on a toasted egg sandwich. Williams-Parker said they got the idea from his grandfather, who also fed Alexandrians at Oronoco and N. Pitt, and a few other spots in town.
Old Town has some very good restaurants, but it’s not much on carry out. The Bottom Dollar Dog helps fill that void, and we’re touched they made the nod to the historic “Bottoms” neighborhood.
Now if I could just get that commercial's song out of my head...
Bottom Dollar Dog
723 Wilkes Street
Monday-Saturday, 6 am to 4 pm.