Grovetown, GA – At Grovetown’s Hula Dawgs, love comes in the form of a foot-long, half-pound, one-inch-thick Nathan’s hot dog.
It’s called the Long Board ($4.79, pictured) and customers can order it topped with everything from sauerkraut and jalepenos to black olives, slaw, lettuce and tomato.
This thing barely makes it into a take-out box, it is so large. It’s two-fisted decadent goodness.
The eatery’s dogs have gained quite a word-of-mouth following, says Fecristina Brewton, who co-owns the restaurant with her husband, Richard.
“We have customers, when they come here from New York and New Jersey, they come here and bring their families,” Fecristina Brewton says.
The Long Board is full of that beefy Nathan’s flavor. The one I try is covered with slaw, black olives, jalepenos, lettuce and tomato. One could easily eat half and put away the rest for later, but why delay all that pleasure?
Hula Dawgs doesn’t just focus on the food of its namesake.
The establishment also serves up a respectable hamburger. Diners can choose between the Lil’ Kahuna, Hula Burger and Big Kahuna in quarter-pound, half-pound and 1-pound sizes, respectively. The burgers range in price from $3.99 to $6.79.
Hula Dawgs’ burgers are thick and juicy and served on fresh, soft buns.
For the truly adventurous, there is also a 2-pound Maui Wowie burger ($12.49) that is tied to an in-house eating contest. Those who finish get their picture tacked to the Wall of Fame.
Those who don’t find their mugs on the Wall of Shame.
But customers don’t have to stop at two pounds. Fecristina Brewton says she will make burgers as big as people want them, at $4 for each additional pound.
The Brewtons bought the restaurant from the former owner roughly three years ago.
Richard Brewton had gotten laid off from the Savannah River Site and Fecristina Brewton was making a living cleaning doctors’ offices.
One day she drove by Hula Dawgs and noticed it was for sale. Though the Brewtons had never run a restaurant before, they made an offer and are glad they did.
“I guess it’s like a gamble, but I always wanted to have my own business,” Fecristina Brewton says. “It’s really successful.”
The Brewtons added a few of their own touches to the former menu, like lumpia, Filipino-style spring rolls filled with meat ($1.50), and Chippers, delicious, fresh-cut potato chips made to order ($2.09 for small and $3.09 for large).
Hula Dawgs only seats about 30 people. Often people are lined up out the door to get a burger or dog, Fecristina says.
Usually, though, customers don’t mind, she says.
“Customers are willing to wait for it because they just want to get to that hamburger,” she says.
Hula Dawgs also serves a variety of salads, wraps, sandwiches and desserts.
The restaurant also serves up a gyro ($5.49) and a Philly cheese steak sandwich ($5.99).
“We’ve got a little bit of everything,” Fecristina Brewton says.
5110-F Wrightsboro Rd., Grovetown
Mon. and Wed., 11 a.m.-6 p.m.; Tue., 11 a.m.-7 p.m.; Thu.-Sat., 11 a.m.-8:30 p.m.