"Ohh no...not the DIP!!!!"
Children of the 80's and 90's would remember this riveting line being yelled out by Jessica Rabbit in "Who framed Rodger Rabbit?" - it's one of my favourite movies of all time. Growing up at my grandmothers place in Los Angeles, I always had my betamax copy of that movie on repeat. If I behaved at my Grandma's I would be rewarded with a foil wrapped chilli dog from one of the many outlets around downtown LA. Score!
Sydney has always been light on good hotdog options. I've replaced my Rodger Rabbit betamax with the DVD, but I have always been hard pressed finding the perfect hotdog here. Enter "The Dip".. my inner 5 year old lit up upon finding out that increasingly popular eatery inside GoodGod Small club was not only referencing my favourite movie, but was also a late night eatery.
Now before we delve into hotdog territory, here's the Southern Smoke sandwich ($12). Now can there be anything sexier than a 12 hour smoked and pulled pork? The super soft and tasty pork was pulled into a burger bun with Barbeque Beans and an Apple and cabbage slaw.The burger is so delicious and in hindsight we should have ordered five of these.
Southern Smoke Sandwich and Lev's Dawg ($12)
"It's hotdog happy hour tonight.." one of the awesome staff members tell us, and was the best sounding news we have heard ALL DAY. Hotdogs make the world a happy place to live in and thank the hotdog gods that The Dip has recognised this. Hot damn these hot dogs were good, the sausage actually tasted like meat - not the rubber that you have to resort to when you have a hotdog craving and head to the nearest Wendy's for a shake and a dog. It happens to the best of us, friends - and this is what salvation tastes like.
The kosher sausage is smoked, and not sitting in a vat of water and rolled in heat plates like the Shell or Caltex variety. Theres some charred goodness present, topped with fresh tomato salsa, peppers, and the same mustard they use in sidewalk hot dogs stands in the USA. It really is delicious and a fresh change from all the rancid hotdogs that people automatically think of when they see the word. Ladies love the levdog.
Demos smashing the pulled pork sandwich.
When at the dip, go on an all out comfort food annihilation.
We were uhhming and ahhring to decide between the corn chips or these salsa fries ($6) but of course the complex carbs won out in the end. We figured it would naturally mesh better with our hotdog and pork sandwich selection and it gave us a readon to come back in the future for the pulled pork nachos and the corn chips with watermelon salsa. And if you are a regular empty fridge reader you know the way to my heart is anything with melty cheese.
Im actually glad that this grilled corn ($8) dish is becoming quite the sydney staple - its all sorts of awesome. Personally, I don't think many have come close to the insane version they serve at Cafe Habana in NYC (us on our last visit..and yes I know, grilled corn is a mexican thing but I haven't been there yet..) but this is close fix without the airfare. The charred sweet corn is smothered with the whole egg mayo (has to be whole egg, not the praise sweet mayo shiz) and heavily dusted with chipotle salt for a sweet, creamy and spicy taste sensation.
Now for dessert. Cookies and Cream ($10) like nothing you have tasted before. Levdawg you are a Legend. A big scoop of salted caramel ice cream in between two pillowy soft molasses cookies - I literally slabbed Demos with a spoon before he could get the last piece! It was a simple and delicious end to a tasty feast.
Working in the CBD now, I'm sure we wont be able to resist the urge of dropping by after work - or hey, even bring your work to the table like Mr Nerdy pants over there. The Dip is open until 11 on wednesdays and thursdays and midnight fridays and saturdays - and if you want to work up a hunger, they have a couple of fantastic punch jugs and a slick dance floor.
I know so many people have been waxing lyrical about this place - it's new, it's fresh, it's awesome. It definitely is all of the above and I really don't think its the hype. I have a genuine fondness for real, affordable and freaking delicious "american" style food because it's what I crave.. It's the kind of food that take's me back to the days spend in my grandma's place in LA, memorising the lines to "Who framed Rodger Rabbit". It's about time there was something like this in the heart of the city.
The Dip @ Good God Small Club - http://thedip.com.au/