The weather in Atlanta has been pretty warm already for the past few months! Now with it officially being summer time people are itching to get poolside and do some grilling. It brings back summer memories as a kid being off from school and having a backyard cook out with friends and family. The Original Hot Dog Factory in Smyrna can give you that summer feeling all year long with their awesome line up of classic and creative hot dogs.
Right down the street from Rev Coffee, The Original Hot Dog Factory stands out with it's clean and classic black and white motif.
The menu has some great traditional hot dogs along with some very flavorful and creative dogs.
You have the All American dog that is the classic beef hot dog topped with ketchup, mustard, relish and onions. Along with a legit Chicago dog complete with tomatoes, a pickle spear, sport peppers, sweet relish, onions, mustard and celery salt on a poppy seed bun.
Then you start getting into the themed dogs; there's my favorite, the Taco Dog thats topped with Factory Chili, cheese, tomatoes, lettuce, guacamole, jalapeños and crushed tortilla chips for a great crunch.
The LA Dog is wrapped in bacon and they even have a Jamacian jerked chicken dog topped with pineapple.
If you don't want a hot dog, they have other options including salad, wings, a burger or a grilled chicken sandwich. For dessert you HAVE to get their Funnel Cake sticks. Same great treat that you get from the fair just easier to eat. They have deep fried oreos and twinkies for more deep fried fun.
So after I ate my weight in hot dogs and funnel cake I was able to sit down and chat with co-owner and all around amazing lady, Felicia Atkinson. Felicia was born and raised in Jamacia and came to America when she was 16. She originally went to college to receive her bachelors in biology as well as her masters in cancer biology. After working in cancer research for awhile this savy entrepreneur met business partner, Denis Mckinley and together they opened a hair business in New York.
It was a trip to Atlanta where Dennis threw out the idea to take over The Hot Dog Factory and food lover Felicia jumped on board. She moved down to Atlanta and got the Hot Dog Factory back up in August of 2016.
I found out Felicia and I share a love of Asian cuisine and her favorite restaurant in her area is Kuroshio and for a taste of home she loves Jamaica Mi Krazy.
Their future goal is to franchise the restaurant and also start some food trucks. They will be opening another location in midtown soon so stay on the lookout.
- Arielle Kleinman