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A longtime deli man opens a hot dog joint.

Lindsey Shaw
Lindsey Shaw

Ride that inner drive and it will take you places. Within moments of meeting owners Alex and Debra Winkler, you sense a dedication to their craft and loving hospitality.

Alex, an Israeli immigrant who arrived in Detroit at age 10, found his first job working at a deli off Linwood in Detroit. Learning the tricks of the trade and having a strong work ethic led him to own and operate restaurants for more than 30 years, including the famous Al’s Deli on Woodward in Royal Oak, nine Bread Basket locations and his latest concept, “Doggy Style.”

You may be laughing in your chair but, hey, Al wanted to give the crowd “a name they wouldn’t forget!”

Doggy Style is far from your typical hot dog joint. It is located at 101 N. Telegraph Road in Waterford, just south of Elizabeth Lake Road, with an appropriately priced menu that appeals to kids, teens and adults alike. It serves Sy Ginsberg pure beef products with natural casing (and no funny business), loaded spuds, decadent mac and cheese (which you can order on your hot dog!), grilled “dirty” corn on the cob, and dessert egg rolls deep fried and stuffed with triple chocolate brownies. All hot dogs are made-to-order and are of the highest quality meat.

Vegans, don’t be afraid to step into this hot dog joint because they have a “healthy hot dog” for you. I couldn’t believe my taste buds when I took the first bite into this dish … It’s actually a carrot that has been blazed with liquid smoke and soy sauce, cooked on the char grill and then topped with multicolored peppers, grilled onions and relish in a bun. It will have you saying. “OMG, I can’t believe this isn’t meat!” It was incredible. You’ll have to go and give it a try!

Stay clued in to their website at dinedoggystyle.com for the “not-so-secret secret menu,” which is always being updated and where you can place online orders for pick up, catering and delivery.

Inspired by the restaurant’s mascot, Sushi, a white fluffy bichon, Debra thought it would be a fabulous idea to partner with Almost Home, a no-kill animal shelter in Southfield. The last Sunday of every month from noon-3 p.m., the team behind Almost Home will bring out dogs to be adopted. The kickoff party was May 20 with a number of dogs brought to the restaurant’s property. If you do indeed adopt a dog from the Doggy Style event, your lucky pup will be featured on the wall inside the restaurant.

The interior of the restaurant is adorned with silly hot dog imagery such as Betty White stuffing her face with a hot dog. The seating varies: high tops, booths and tables. Its super easy to park right next to the building and walk on in.

This will definitely be a joint where you can enjoy the outside seating. Grab your best dawg and get on over to Doggy Style!

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