Two Dog Diner is a retro-chic establishment offering upscale versions of diner classics that can be readily tweaked to suit vegetarians and mega-carnivores alike. Nestled in a corner of the New Urbanist Prospect neighborhood in Longmont, Two Dog is a popular spot for sandwiches, salads, breakfast served all day, and innovative specials like the Roasted Duck Hash that was featured on the board when we stopped in for lunch. The interior is classic retro with whimsical touches, including the mix-and-match salt and pepper shakers on the tables (ours was adorned with cute black and white pigs, though the pepper pig appeared to be suffering with some sinus issues) and colorful touches throughout.
|It’s probably just me, but I find the placement of one of those balls to be suspect.|
We have visited a few times in the past and have had mostly positive experiences, and on this bustling Saturday afternoon our experience was consistent. The place was jammed with a diversity of people eating plates of great looking food, and the counter was also a popular spot.
The service on this very busy day was a bit harried and impersonal, though still attentive to the important things like beverage refills and clearing plates. The menu is extremely vegetarian friendly, with the option of vegetarian sausage as a breakfast side and a wide range of appealing sandwiches and salads that are meat-free. Harrison ordered the Portabella Mushroom with Fontina and Roasted Red Peppers on the recommended sourdough bread, along with a side of home fries. The server helpfully pointed out that the home fries are made with red bliss potatoes (presumably because they do not crisp up as much as russets):
The sandwich was really nice, with great flavor from the roasted red peppers and fontina, and nicely grilled sourdough that was not saturated with grill grease, as can sometimes be the case. I order the Grilled Prawn Club, also on the recommended sourdough, and the server asked if I preferred two or three slices of bread. I went with her recommendation of three and it worked well, but it would be slightly easier to eat with two:
The shrimp were a little skimpy but were nicely done and were well complimented by the pesto aioli and the sourdough. I enjoyed the sandwich and would order it again but ask for a little less pesto. The salad on the side was field greens dotted with thinly sliced cucumber, halved grape tomatoes, and sliced, raw button mushrooms (I am in the camp that hates raw button mushrooms on salads, but I know some people enjoy it–I just push them aside). I ordered the Balsamic dressing which was nice but the salad was quite overdressed. Next time I will ask for it on the side.
We also shared a side order of the Potato Pancakes with House-Made Applesauce and Sour Cream:
They were crispy and savory, veering toward standard hash browns, and paired really well with the thick applesauce. As you can see, the applesauce was a bit of a scarce commodity, and we definitely wanted more to compliment the cakes.
Two Dog Diner is family-friendly and single-diner-friendly, and they offer a range of house-made desserts and coffee drinks, as well as freshly brewed teas. My iced black tea was excellent, and I will readily mark a place off of my dining list forever if I am served bad tea–so clearly I found that a major selling point. We have had consistently good food during our visits–sometimes excellent, sometimes just shy of the mark–and I would recommend stopping in and giving them a try. They are open for breakfast and lunch seven days a week, and dinner every evening but Monday.
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