We last visited Steve's Snappin' Dogs almost three years ago, but on one recent, rainy day we decided to swing by the the hot-dog stand to get one last taste of summer. And despite the weather, we found plenty of other patrons patrons following our lead -- proof that you don't need a warm summery day to appreciate a good dog.
Steve's, now a mainstay on East Colfax (with a store to open at DIA early next year), still maintains its old-timey hot-dog-stand vibe; a giant menu on the wall complete with pictures lets you know what you're ordering, and big green "Vs" indicate which items can be ordered vegetarian. The staff is also well-versed on what's safe for different tastes -- Steve's offers gluten-free and vegan options, and you don't have to be limited to just dogs when you're eating here.
Pictured above is Steve's own version of a veggie burger, a house-made patty that doesn't even try to imitate beef -- and that's a good thing. Grains and legumes are smashed together in a savory mixture, grilled up and topped with your choice of fixings (dijon mayo, lettuce, Swiss cheese, grilled onions, tomatoes and pickles come standard, but you can mix it up). This is a burger that will fall apart as you try to eat it, so grab a fork, too. Next time, we'll try it with Steve's vegetarian green chile -- but solo or smothered, this is definitely one of the best veggie burgers in the city.
The Rippin' Rockies Dog does include green chile (ordered vegetarian-style with a veggie dog here), plus grilled onions, jalapenos, sour cream, yellow mustard and chopped red onion. If you're having trouble deciding between all the vegetarian-friendly dogs, this one has everything you could possibly want -- and under all those add-ons the LightLife brand wiener is indistinguishable from the real thing.
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Steve's is open daily for lunch and dinner; visit stevessnappindogs.com for the full menu.