As one of Athens’ few truly homegrown fast food places, Larry’s Dawg House sits on the west fringe of town, not surprisingly as far as possible from the commercial uptown districts. Larry’s Dawg House sells a variety of quick favorites, mostly burgers, milkshakes and seafood. Of course, a handful of hot dogs are on the menu. Undoubtedly a family establishment, Larry’s brings out families and locals as a pleasant alternative to the flood of chains to the east. While the place is a little bit off the beaten path from the main town, you won’t forget a stop in here.
The signature item here is clearly the hot dogs, so I thought I would give one a try. I have to say it was pretty good. Chili, onion and mustard make a great classic dog. Tasty and packed with flavor, it’s got a very rich, salty flavor that isn’t overwhelming.I’m just surprised there aren’t more varieties of hot dog. There are normal and footlings, and there are a few ingredients you can add, but I expected a wider variety of creative options in a place like this.
Larry’s has a bunch of fried fish options, and the shrimp basket is among the offerings. Dozens of crispy shrimp pieces with a side of fries and a cup of Cole slaw. The Shrimp were great, well fried and came hot. The fries were good, and the Cole slaw was excellent. Overall it was a very satisfying meal, and cheaper than the chains uptown. I have to say I liked it a lot better than a chain. There are a number of deserts, including milkshakes. I’ve never tried these but I’ve heard nothing but good things about them.
Larry’s strives to be a local, family friendly place and I have to say I enjoyed that. With the large number of families coming in and going out, I was surprised to see the attendants asking everyone how their food was and being so polite. Another example of friendly service you don’t find in another place.
While the options here are delicious, there isn’t a lot to speak for in terms of healthy options. If you’re out to eat healthy, Larry’s is a guilty pleasure. The hot dogs and fried goodies are wonderful. The atmosphere was friendly and it was no surprise to me that so many people come and go from this place during the busy lunch hours. If you have an opportunity to give this place a try, and you’re willing to forget your diet for a day, give it a try.
- The hot dogs are the crown jewel of the menu. Give them a try, and don’t be afraid to experiment with a few of the ingredients.
- Seafood options are all good, and the few basket options are very filling.
- With a very friendly atmosphere, this is a great place to take family of all ages. No healthy eating options here, so know that before you go.