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    “Mutts” has some barking mad food

    Jessica Schrecker

    Mike Wilson, chef at Mutts, prepares a Veggie Benedict from the breakfast menu at Mutts on Tuesday. The restaurant is known for their breakfast items and hot dogs including the Windy Dog.

    The restaurant business is a dog eat dog world with only the meanest mongrels clawing their way to success. One of University Boulevard’s newest restaurants doesn’t seem to be phased by that, though. Mutts Premium Hot Dogs and Sausages has established itself as a leader of the pack for great food on University.

    Located in the shady alcove that hosts Starbucks and Ben’s Bells, Mutts creates a relaxing environment for one to enjoy its wonderful cuisine. Inspired by its Wisconsin heritage, owners Gregory and Susan Hundt created Mutts with quality hot dogs in mind. Each one of the different hot dogs and sausages on the menu is from Wisconsin company Usinger’s Famous Sausage, and when you take the first bite, the quality really shines through.

    Mutts isn’t just an old dog that can’t learn new tricks. Its menu is incredibly large and features a wide array of breakfast and lunch staples. Before Mutts, another breakfast restaurant occupied the space and Mutts has done a very good job of providing hearty breakfasts to returning regulars.

    “People are starting to get used to the hot dog idea,” said Mark Bodder, executive chef and kitchen manager for Mutts. “They’ve been selling more and more, which is what we are really here for.”
    Though hot dogs and breakfast food may seem like a simple menu, Mutts really pushes the boundaries and includes dishes from around the world.

    “I’ve got things like calamari steak and eggs, Mediterranean breakfast and Spanish omelets,” Bodder said. “We’ve been trying some really crazy things.”

    One of the crazy things Mutts offers is a hot dog slathered in strawberry jam.

    The restaurant is very simple and cozy. Artwork featuring dogs adorns the walls and the smell of fresh food wafts towards you from the nearby kitchen. Seating is also available on the patio, where dogs of all shapes and sizes are welcome. However, its University location isn’t the only place you can pick up one of their incredible hot dogs. Mutts has gone off the leash and taken its show on the road, and has been serving its delicious wares at many Tucson events.

    “Last year we went to 30 events,” Blodder said. “This year we have 105 booked.”
    One event you might see Mutts at this year is Bear Down Fridays. From 5 p.m. -7 p.m. before every home football game, Main Gate Square becomes an epicenter of school spirit. Mutts will be barbecuing on the street for hungry football fans.

    “We have a great community,” Blodder said. “We are very happy here.”
    Mutts Premium Hot Dogs and Sausages is open from 8 a.m. – 3 p.m. every day.

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