Finely and for no explicable reason I got around to hitting up Show Dogs. We had mentioned them awhile back when they first opened last year, but never managed to get around there and that’s a shame as it’s a great space, right at the corner of Market and Golden Gate, which has gotten to be a nice little intersection with the plants and general landscaping. Still a good deal of scattered randomness, but I have to hand it to these guys for being a proper, local business working to hold down the corner as opposed to some damned check cashing storefront, which by the way, is across the street in case you needed one.

So, as to the dogs, I had the Curry Chicken and the Pork Bockenwurst (I think that’s spelled right) and they were both solid, but the chicken was awesome. There’s something to be said for chicken and curry on a bun with a splash of arugula. As I said back in the comment article from last year, my only real issue is the price. Six or seven bucks for a hot dog kinda breaks my bank. That being said, I’m sure that their rent isn’t cheap despite the “colorful” human scenery and you can definitely taste the difference in the meat versus some mass produced weiner dished out at Dolores Park on a Movie Night. Their real focus are the theater patrons because when it comes down to it, as the Bulgarian fellow named Mezo told me, they do the majority of their business when there’s a show at the Golden Gate Theater or the Warfield which are both just across the intersection from them.

But, one of the best things about the shop is that whatever else they’re doing, they understand the neighborhood. They know it’s rough there and they always get some stumbling tumbleweed of a person coming in there to use the restroom (it’s just for customers folks.) They seem to be in it for the long haul though, despite the joys of Sixth Street, and are watching the neighborhood change around them especially as work is done to redevelop this chunk of Taylor Street.

It’s also important to note that they’ll be having a benefit for the Tenderloin National Forest (yes, this one) in a week on June 10th. Here’s the info for those that want to do the whole “good cause” thing while macking down on delicious dogs:

Who knew that the Tenderloin is home to a National Forest? Continuing efforts to give back to Show Dogs’ neighboring community and to bring awareness to Central Market, Chefs Gayle Pirie and John Clark are hosting a summer shindig on Thursday, June 10th to benefit the Tenderloin National Forest.

Guests will enjoy live music, passed bar bites including Mini Corn Dogs, Pigs In a Blanket, their signature Onion Rings and more, as well as a selection of beers on tap including Speakeasy Prohibition Ale, Black Butte Porter, PBR.

Proceeds will help support the Tenderloin National Forest, located in Cohen Alley on Ellis Street at Leavenworth Street, which serves as a public garden and gathering place for art, performance, and classes for inner city residents. For more information, please visit

$20.00 per person at the door. All inclusive of food and beverages.

Thursday, June 10, 2010 from 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

1020 Market Street (@ 6th Street)
San Francisco, CA 94101