Appetizers
July 15, 2011
Heavenly Dog hopes to be wheeling wieners by October

Two years ago, I reviewed the family-oriented Heavenly Dog in Elk Grove, which still sells 13 variations on the wiener theme, plus a Hella Good Corn Dog that's hand-dipped in house-made batter and deep-fried.

We liked the dogs a lot, and heaped a ton of the four house-made relishes and five mustards all over them. Plus we knocked back sides of homemade macaroni and potato salads.

Now there's news: Though the brick-and-mortar store will stay where it is, owner Nicki Smith has plans to take her dog emporium on the road.

"My husband Chris is in the process of building our food truck," Smith said. "It will be Heavenly Dog on wheels. We'll have to trim back some of the menu items, but we'll sell our most popular dogs and rotate the others through the menu."

What about timing?

"We still have to go through the paperwork and licensing process," she said, "but we're hoping to be on the road by the end of October. There will be three of us on the truck, and we're planning to cover a lot of the outlying areas, away from downtown Sacramento."

Watch this space for upcoming developments. Meanwhile, check out Heavenly Dog at 9160 E. Stockton Blvd., Elk Grove, in the Marketplace 99 South shopping center. Information: (916) 714-7877 or www.heavenlydoghotdogs.com.

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