Do you like to eat hot dogs? Then you have a fairly new restaurant to visit: Bernie’s Hot Dogs in Highlands Ranch, Colorado. This one of a kind (in Highlands Ranch that is) restaurant is definitely not something you should consider if you like to eat fat-free or healthy food. Hot Dogs are considered fast food or junk food and that is what you will get at Bernie’s. This franchise restaurant is unique to Highlands Ranch and it is located on the West side of the Highlands Ranch Town center – at the intersection of Highlands Ranch Parkway and Lucent Blvd.
The hot dogs at Bernie’s tasted pretty good when I visited this restaurant. The staff was very friendly and the food was delivered in no time. The menu offers a few special hot dogs (think Chilly Dog or Guacomole / stuff like that) as well as regular hot dogs. Fries come extra, but an adult meal order of fries is plenty of food. You can also order a salad + add your favorite soda pop or iced tea. The hot dog menu has a very long list of side items that you can put on your hot dog and customize it to your needs. If you are looking for variety in how you can customize a hot dog, Bernie’s Hot Dog definitely is worth a visit.
However, If you are more health conscious like I am, you would better stay away from Bernie’s. The fries are addictively good in taste and really separate this restaurant from other fast food joints in the area. The foot long hot dog I had ordered was tasty, however the amount of grease and fat that came with it was just way above my level of tolerance when it comes to food. A meal of that magnitude will come with probably 1500 calories or more (don’t worry, I did not finish it as it was too much food for me). Still, I am at the edge of having high cholesterol and this kind of experience does certainly not help to keep the cholesterol level under control.
So, the conclusion? If you are craving for a good hot dog, a visit to Bernie’s Hot Dogs in Highlands Ranch might be worth the trip. The prices are pretty moderate and the staff was very friendly. If you need to be careful with your diet, don’t go there. It would be nice though if Bernie’s would provide Wet-Naps for their customers. You really need it after having eaten there.