That’s the joyous cry in my neighborhood when the snow fades and spring comes over the horizon. Once Scooter’s opens, even if it is still snowing, it brings on the memory of long summer evenings dining on their unique and delicious hot dogs, hand cut French fries and creamy ice cream.
Scooter’s is on the corner of Blackbrook and Heisley Roads (Route 44) north of Route 2 in Mentor. It is a great place to stop on the way to Headlands Beach State Park or on the way home after a day in the sun and sand. They have a small indoor dining area and many picnic tables outside. These are just a few of Scooter’s hot dog creations:
Super Dawg – Cheese sauce, homemade chili & Sauerkraut
Chicago Dawg – Yellow mustard, tomato, dill pickle, relish, onions, cukes, celery salt & jalapenos
Slaw Dawg – Brown mustard & coney sauce topped with cole slaw
Kraut Dawg– Brown mustard and sauerkraut
Nacho Dawg – w/ taco sauce, tomato, coney sauce, onions, tortilla chips, cheese & jalapeños
My personal favorite is the Slaw Dawg and my husband always orders the Kraut Dawg. Top your dog anyway you like, from naked to all-the-way. “Dawgs” come in three sizes – short (6”), long (12”) and the one pound, foot long Homewrecker. You should believe them when they tell you that a small order of fries is enough for 2 people. Portions are generous and prices reasonable.
Scooter’s has an extensive menu other than hot dogs – a variety of hamburgers, corned beef, chicken sandwiches, chicken salad, BLT, and salads – and I wish I could tell you about them but I just cannot seem to order anything other than a hot dog. They also have a variety of sides and a children’s menu. If you have someone in your party who is not a hot dog fan, they will certainly find something they like.
You should try to save room for ice cream. Scooter’s serves up hand-dipped and soft serve in sugar or waffle cones. There is always a long list of flavors. You can also get combos such as:
Grease Monkey – Vanilla soft serve, hot fudge, bananas, pecans, whipped cream & a cherry
Dirt-n-Worms Sundae – Vanilla soft serve, hot fudge, marshmallow, Oreo crumbs, gummy worms, whipped cream & a cherry
Turtlishous Sundae – Vanilla soft serve, hot fudge, hot caramel, pecans, whipped cream & a cherry
Here’s a true story. I have a friend who dines at Scooter’s many times a month. He had family visiting from Italy and wanted to take them to a very American place. He chose Scooter’s. They loved it so much it was the only place they asked to go back to before they left to return to Italy. I can only imagine how they are still telling their friends about the best place they ate in the USA – Scooter’s Dawg House!
Find directions and a complete menu at http://www.scootersdawghouse.com/.