This week on Taste of the Town Tim Dutton visits Around The Way Dog, a restaurant dedicated to creating the perfect hot dog, located on East Main Street (by the MTSU campus) in Murfreesboro TN. Tim spends some time chatting with the restaurant's owner, Dwone Hicks about some of the more interesting flavors and combinations Around The Way Dog has to offer.

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TIM:  Tim Dutton here with another edition of Taste of the Town.  Today, we are at Around the Way Dog, and I’m sitting here with Dwone Hicks who is the owner and the first Heisman Trophy candidate that MTSU had.  Dwone, tell me a little bit about your restaurant, about where it’s located.

DWONE:  Well, we’re located here in Murfreesboro, Tennessee, on East Main Street.  We have the opportunity to have a perfect location, located right around the corner from the MTSU school.  Around the Way Dog is just a concept that we wanted to create for the students to be able to have a place that they can come, a place that they can call their own, and a place where they can make any type of hot dog that they want.

TIM:  And that’s the key here.  Anything to do with a hot dog, you guys do it.

DWONE:  Yeah.  Anything dealing with a dog, you can have whatever you want on our hot dog.  That’s the main concept.  We want you to be able to build your own dog.  Put it that way.

TIM:  I bet there’s been a lot of unique creations, haven’t there?

DWONE:  There has.  One that sounds really nasty is called the “P-doggie,” which contains a pineapple, peanut butter, cole slaw, pico de gallo, pimento cheese, and of course the hot dog.  And actually, people like it.  Once they try it, they actually enjoy it.  I’m not being one, but I’d say about 8 out of 10 people that try it actually really like it and actually come back and get it.

TIM:  Now, Dwone, have you got different meats for the dog or is it just all one hot dog meat?

DWONE:  We have hot dogs, which are 100% all beef hot dogs, which come from the Nathan’s dog.  We have Italian sausages.  We have Polish sausages.  We have bratwurst, and we have a veggie dog.  And we are thinking about expanding out even more.  Anything that’s in the dog form, I think we’re going to try to possibly get it.  I don’t know if we’re going to go towards out getting some game or you know, bison or something like that, but that could be an option in the future.

TIM:  Okay.  Tell me a little bit about what you’ve got in front of me here.

DWONE:  Okay.  Right here, we’re going to start from left to right.  These are just our sweet potato fries.  A lot of people serve sweet potato fries, but we have a little special sauce that we put on there, which is just a little bit of butter and brown sugar.  That’s my special sauce.  Just mix it up and it just gives it an extra hint of sweetness when you bite into it.

TIM:  That is good, folks.  You need to come try this.  Now, Dwone, what do we have right here?

DWONE:  This is a fair favorite, which is the funnel cakes.  I love them.  Every time I go to the fair, I have to have a funnel cake.

TIM:  Right.

DWONE:  But in a restaurant form, it’ll be kind of hard to sit back and make funnel cakes, so I think some people created funnel cake fries.  So we definitely jumped up on it, and we actually have a little powdered sugar and a little Hershey’s syrup on top of it as well.

TIM:  Now this is a different syrup than what’s on the potatoes.

DWONE:  Yes.  Caramel and just Hershey’s syrup.

TIM:  That could be a problem right there.

DWONE:  Those are good as well.

TIM:  Yeah, they are.  They’re real good.  And finally, man, what did you put here in front of us?

DWONE:  Getting to some of the dogs, right here is the dog that I created.  I like breakfast.  That’s my favorite meal of the day.  So for my dog I want egg.  I want bacon, mushroom, and cheese.  And that’s called the Hicksey, which stems from my last name.  A lot of the trainers used to call me Hicksey all the time instead of just Hicks.  “Hicksey, come here!”  So there we go.  We’ve got a Hicksey dog.

And also we have a buffalo dog, which is rolled in our onion ring batter.  It’s deep fried.  Then we roll it in buffalo sauce.  Then we put a little ranch dressing on top of it just to give it a little hint of goodness.  And that’s our buffalo dog, and that’s also another big seller here at Around the Way.

TIM:  And that sounds good.  Now, Dwone, y’all also do catering, right?

DWONE:  Correct.  Yeah, that’s something that a lot of people don’t know is that we do catering.  We’re trying to build our resume as far as catering.

TIM:  Right.

DWONE:  We’ve done some things for MTSU.  We’ve done some things for the BRAA over there.  We’ve done some stuff a few other places, but that’s one thing that we’re trying to pick up on is being able to let people enjoy their evening and let us come in and do the cooking for them.

TIM:  And take care of everything.

DWONE:  Right.

TIM:  Now, you guys also specialize in birthday parties for the kids.

DWONE:  Right.  Yeah.  We want this place to be a place for the family, a place for the students, just a place for everyone to come.  So anything anybody wants an event or something going on, we can definitely clear out some space for you and allow you to come out, have fun.  It’s a fun atmosphere.

TIM:  Absolutely.

DWONE:  And that’s what we want.  And I think it would be very kid-friendly, and we’ll actually have some stuff for the kids if they come in for a party.

TIM:  And the kids would love the hot dogs.

DWONE:  They love hot dogs.

TIM:  Now, Dwone, do you have a special for anybody that comes in and says, “Hey, man, we saw you on Taste of the Town?”

DWONE:  Well, for the Taste of the Town customers, of course we had to come up with something special.  And that would be 15% off.  Come in the door, and all you have to do is say, “Hey, I saw you on Taste of the Town” and we’ll say, “Hey, you have a 15% discount.”

TIM:  Got that, folks?  Fifteen percent off just coming in and seeing Dwone.  Well, it’s time for me to enjoy this food.  And remember, if you’re thinking real estate, think Tim Dutton.