Hot dogs have been a staple in American diets for nearly 150 years.
People typically associate the hot dog with a sporting event, street vendor or somewhere on Coney Island. But Memphis, and in particular the University District, now has its own great venue.
Blues City Hot Dogs, located on 669 Highland St. in the heart of the Highland Strip, is a relatively new restaurant in the area, opening its in June 2013.
Iman Rasoul and his family run the day-to-day operations of the restaurant.
Blues City features a variety of hot dog choices with their best seller being the Blues City Dog and the St. Jude Dog.
“I have a hot dog every day here,” Rasoul said. “I like to create my own sometimes, but if I was to pull one off the menu it would be the Backyard Dog or the Blues Dog."
The mission of the restaurant is to attract the U of M student population, but to also be serviceable to residents in the area.
“The place has a cool Memphisy feel to it. It’s affordable and good,” said Mike Shaul, a senior accounting major at the U of M.
Simplicity and helping out the U of M are a couple reasons Rasoul enjoys owning his own business.
The Rasoul family also owns the Oasis Hookah Lounge & Café right next door to Blues City on Highland.
Blues City offers a $5 lunch special every day, which includes a hot dog and chips and just $2 extra for a drink.
If you’re interested in grabbing a quick bite to eat and staying local, then Blues City Hot Dogs is the place for you.