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“Bring Your Tastebuds and Ear Plugs”
Review of Dog House Grill

Dog House Grill
Ranked #2 of 1,140 Restaurants in Fresno
Certificate of Excellence
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Good for: Bar scene, Local cuisine
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Late Night, Takeout
Reviewed July 12, 2012

This place is a Fresno icon. I'd heard about it and always looked forward to trying it but every time I drove by the parking lot was so packed I didn't even attempt it. The kids (17 and 21) and I finally all made it in because my daughter absolutely loves the place. She was right. Amazing and tasty food that did not disappoint. If you're young and don't mind noise and people right in your space, the food compensates for the auditory and spacial sensory overload.

If you're not under 30, and don't like to shout to make yourself heard over the mind-numbing noise of the place, you might leave needing an hour in a sensory deprivation tank. And our neighboring business men diners were SO close I could've picked the lint of off one of their jackets and mowed down the nose hair on the other guy (if I'd thought to bring my trimmers). We heard every word of their conversation which, unfortunately, wasn't that scintillating.

Be prepared to wait for parking and be patient. Wear your ear plugs or shove those Ipod headphones in really deeply. When your dining mates speak to you, just smile and nod because it won't make a difference. They wouldn't know what you were saying if you yelled your answers back anyway. Trust me though, the food IS worth it. Enjoy!

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Thank ReillyClan
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Reviewed July 9, 2012

We've made numerous attempts to eat at the Dog House Grill...but couldn't find parking. Finally, we decided to eat when we are not in a hurry and during "slow" hours...on a Sunday. Wow, the parking attendants were still there helping with traffic! After finding a parking spot down the street, we found ourselves walking with a large crowd that turned into a long line out the door.
That's the bad news.
The good news is...the line went quickly, it was quick. We ordered our food (Tri-tip and Pig sandwhiches with a basket of onion rings). Obviously, all the tables inside were taken so we decided to eat outside. The smell of the barbecue outside was amazing! And our sandwiches...they were short of heavenly. The tri-tip was moist, tender, and perfectly marinated. The Pig sandwich was also tender and on the sweet side. The onion rings were perfectly crispy. We are coming back...(just wished they had a bigger parking lot.)

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Thank bonsai3s
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Reviewed July 7, 2012

This is one of our family favorites. The tri tip taco is tasty and filling as is the Pig sandwich (pulled pork). The tri tip sandwich is a good choice too.

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Thank AnnetteFresno_CA
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Reviewed July 3, 2012

This is one of our top 10 all time favorite restaurants. Cons: parking can be hard to come by as it's a favorite for the local Fresno State crowd - last time we went there two parking attendants were trying to keep the parking lot from being overrun by cars which was a slight improvement over no parking attendants and hit or miss parking. (The neighboring restaurants do not appreciate Dog House Grill patrons parking in their parking areas.) Unless you go at an off time (and those are serendipitous with hungry college students nearby at all times) it's going to be busy, and if you eat inside - it's going to be loud and conversation can be a trial. PROS: The food is so so so worth it! Who needs conversation with food that good? The price is right - last time we went we spent $30 for a family of four and had leftovers to spare. The lines are decieving - though they can be long, they go fast and the whole restaurant crew are awesome! We love this place - the tri tip sandwich, ABC Burger, and the Pig are favorites as well as getting one basket of fries which everyone can share - as big as the basket is, you could even share it with the table next to you! Eating on the patio is nice and even though it gets hot in Fresno, they have some nice misters and shade to keep you cool.

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Thank mrsshearer
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Reviewed June 28, 2012

We eat here on every trip to Fresno. The tri tip sandwiches are the best! I tried the steak cobb salad and it was great! Tip - don't stand in line. You can get table service if you sit in the front half of the restaurant.

Thank Lkeade
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