Lunch with the Marine View Diner: The Des Moines DogHouse

by Greg Wright

Better late than never, right?

Tami LaFreniere’s last day as the proprietor of The Des Moines DogHouse is today. After nine years of fun-loving and excellent service to the community, the DogHouse will close November 1 and reopen Saturday November 8 under new owner Delsy Victoria Fessenden. The menu will be the same, with some new additions.

Tami LaFreniere (left) and friend at the Des Moines Waterfront Farmers Market

Tami LaFreniere (left) and friend at the Des Moines Waterfront Farmers Market

The Shy Pilot and I stopped by for our final LaFreniere dogs last night. We ordered our usual, the Portuguese linguica, a pork sausage seasoned with red pepper and wine. The Shy Pilot prefers his dogs butterflied, and that works well on the DogHouse grill, which runs at the perfect temperature. It takes about four minutes to prep a cooked-to-order sausage at the DogHouse… as it should be.

Tami raised an eyebrow or two when we both order a basket of fries as well. But why not? When Tami is on the deep-fryer, the fries are crisp but not overdone–the best traditional fries you’ll find in the area. When you make a special trip to the DogHouse for a linguica, why not do it right all the way?

When your dog is ready, there’s a full array of choices at the condiment bar. I load mine up in a fairly traditional way: mustard , ketchup, sweet relish, and chopped onion. And for your fries, you can get any of the standards (like BBQ) or mix something spicier.

As usual, Tami had The Shy Pilot declaring, “That’s a good dog!” As if he didn’t know it was coming.

The DogHouse is open today from 11 AM to 6 PM for Tami’s final hurrah.

It was a fun four-letter-word family atmosphere when The Shy Pilot and I went by near closing hour last night. I expect more of the same today (sans expletives), especially as The DogHouse is one of the stops on today’s Trick-or-Treat Path.

Drop on in and say thanks, and goodbye!

Don’t fret, though. Tami isn’t sure what her next gig will be, but she’s staying local.

The Shy Pilot and I are sure grateful for the years she’s put into establishing this fine go-to destination for a quick, reliable old-fashioned meal.


One Response to “Lunch with the Marine View Diner: The Des Moines DogHouse”
  1. Marlene says:

    It was our second living room. I hope the new owner appreciates the unique and diverse people in Des Moines. You will be greatly missed, Tami, especially by the children in Des Moines. Love you! (The best fries in Des Moines)

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