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Review: Saus (Boston)

Saus' Sign

Saus' Sign

Waffles. Fries. Two things pretty much irresistible to a food. So when I heard of Saus, a place in Boston specializing in both, I had to visit. Saus is located just steps from Quincy Market so it should benefit from a lot of foot traffic. When my friend and I went it was empty so we had plenty of time to peruse the menu and decide what we wanted.

We ordered a regular-sized order of fries to split. In addition to the fries, Saus offers roughly 15 to 20 dipping sauces. We decided to try four: Bacon Parm (bacon and parmesan), Samurai Sauce (Sriracha mayo), Truffle Ketchup and Vampire Slayer (roasted garlic mayo). All of the fries and waffles are made to order, so once we placed our order, the potatoes went into the fryer. They came out hot, golden and crispy.

Fries at Saus

The Fries and Sauces

Were they the best fries I’ve ever had? Probably not, but they were still worth ordering. What really made the difference is the sauces. It’s clear to me that the brains behind Saus took the time to test sauces in deciding what would pair with fries. My two favorite sauces of the night were the Samurai and the Bacon Parm, but they were all good.

After most of our fries were out of the way, our waffles came out piping hot. Saus offers four different waffle toppings (Salted Caramel, Homemade Nutella, Lemon Cream and Berry Berry) and a seasonal topping (when I visited it was Harvest Apple). Since we ordered two waffles, we chose Salted Caramel and the Homemade Nutella. What makes Saus’ waffles insanely delicious is the fact that they use pearl sugar. It really gives the waffles a nice crunch that doesn’t just come from the golden brown waffle itself.

The Homemade Nutella waffle was quite tasty, but Saus’ Nutella has nothing on the real thing. It doesn’t have quite the same chocolate/hazelnut ratio or the consistency of Nutella.

Waffles at Saus

Salted Caramel (top) and Nutella Waffles (bottom)

I will say that the Salted Caramel waffle is one of the best waffles I’ve ever had (sorry, Waffle House Pecan Waffle). The sweet/salty flavor profile has always been one of my favorites and Saus’ salted caramel topping is perfection. One of my biggest pet peeves is when salted caramel isn’t right. Thankfully, Saus got it 100% right.

To me, Saus is street food under a roof. But it’s damn good street food. They have late night hours on the weekend and I can’t imagine the fries and waffles don’t make for some great drunk food. I enjoyed my trip to Saus so much, I wanted to go back, but ran out of time. Add it to your list next time you’re in Boston, it’s already on mine…again.

Saus is steps away from Boston’s Quincy Market at 33 Union Street. The hours vary so visit Saus’ website for details.

 
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Posted by on October 8, 2011 in Eatin'

 

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Review: Dat Dog

Dat Dog Menu

The Dat Dog Menu

When you think of New Orleans, the thought of a hot dog doesn’t come immediately to mind. Enter Dat Dog — the Freret Street restaurant doing everything in its power to change that. And if Dat Dog’s success is measured in terms of hot dogs, sausage, bratwursts, kielbasas and all the other things on a bun they offer, they’re off to a successful start. In fact, they’ve already outgrown the original location and will open in a larger venue right across the street.

I can sum this place up in one word: addicting. I’m not sure there’s a better restaurant in New Orleans where the minimalist approach works so well. Everything is equally delicious. The toppings are out of this world.

Dat Dog Assembly Line

The most beautiful and delicious assembly line in the world.

But the best part may be the buns. The sourdough complements everything wonderfully. Order anything, top it with anything. You can’t go wrong.

On my first visit I went with a bratwurst topped with chili, cheese, onions and mustard. It turned out to be one of the best things on a bun I’ve ever had. I’ve used subsequent visits to venture out. Another favorite? Crawfish sausage topped with Andouille and avocado. Maybe the thought doesn’t sound too appealing, but let me assure the taste was. The Friday-only special Chicago dog is also a great choice.

Dat Dog Fries

Dat Dog Fries

Now about those fries. Crispy. Tasty. Crunchy. Seasoned to perfection. These are some of the best fries in town. Hands down. I’ve yet to try them with chili and cheese, but I can’t imagine it would be a bad idea.

Above all, the thing about Dat Dog that impresses me the most is that it’s consistently great. During my lunch and dinner visits I’ve always been greeted courteously and the food is always top notch. Dat Dog is a simple concept full of complex flavors and an endless variety of ways to dress up a hot dog or sausage.

Dat Dog is located at 5031 Freret Street. Open Tues.-Thurs. 11 a.m. to 9 p.m., Fri.-Sat. 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. and Sun. 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.

All photos courtesy of Dat Dog.

 
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Posted by on September 26, 2011 in Eatin'

 

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