Hofmann Hots’ menu boasts a formidable variety of hot dogs, Americana sides (chili mac and cheese, tater tots), and custard shakes. The interior is loaded with ’50s-diner appeal: white tiled walls, bright red and blue accents, and oversize circular windows. The dog-friendly outdoor patio is a great place to hang out on a nice day. Those are all good things. It’s the food that could use some work. The Sweet and Smokey Dog, a German dog with a maple glaze, is covered in smoked Gouda pimento cheese spread and topped with chopped bacon. The first bite was a surprise, but the taste of hot dog was undetectable. The same for the Bavarian Dog, a kielbasa breaded with mashed pretzels and covered with inch-long slivers of dill pickle. It would have been a fine sandwich if there hadn’t been a half-cup of mustard squeezed across the top. A fried baloney sandwich suffered from the same overzealous mustard application. Friendly bussers greeted us and stopped by to ask for feedback, which was a nice touch. We told one about the mustard, and she told us that wasn’t the norm. I’d advise asking for it on the side.

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