Gotha, Fla. Where in the world is that? That’s the first thought that came to my mind when my friend recommended that I try Yellow Dog Eats. Gotha is a small town near the cities of Windermere and Winter Garden. After driving about 30 minutes from where I lived, my friend and I finally made it to the sandwich shop that everyone I know couldn’t stop talking about.
When you visit you will park your car behind the restaurant. The outside is very charming and quaint. It looks like a historical home that I grew up loving in my hometown. Also, visitors can enter either from the back porch or the front entrance.
Walking inside you’re greeted by a friendly and down-to-earth staff. The decor of the restaurant is very hip and modern. I loved that there were shelves housing several different wines and sauces that you can purchase to take home. What really caught my attention was the writing on the walls and pictures of dogs everywhere. When people visit they can leave pictures of their furry friends.
When placing an order, there are many deli items that are showcased. Grazing over the menu, I chuckled at some of the unique names this place gives their sandwiches. My friend and I ended up ordering the Classic Yellow Dog Club and the Fire Pig.
After placing our orders we helped ourselves to the self-serve soda machine and their house brewed teas. We finally found a seat next to the wine bar. The food was executed so quickly we barely had time to rest in our chairs. They called my friend on the loud speaker by a fun nickname (Magic Mike…haha…) and he picked up our sandwiches at the counter.
The Classic Yellow Dog Club is just like any other ordinary club. The club is comprised of honey mesquite turkey, smoked Gouda, apple wood bacon, lettuce, orange-Cointreau mayo and cucumbers on multi-grain bread. In all honesty, I was not so impressed with the flavors of this sandwich and felt that it was very bland tasting. However, the Fire Pig was a different story.
The Fire Pig consists of pulled pork, apple wood bacon, Gouda and Yellow Dog coleslaw. To give it a spicy touch, they top this chipotle wrap up with sriracha, their citrus BBQ sauce (AMAZING) and fried onions. The first bite was absolutely incredible. The flavors of the smoked pulled pork and slaw together were excellent. However, it was the sweet and spicy BBQ sauce that I could not resist and made me want to devour this sandwich.
After finishing the sandwiches and chips, one cannot forget dessert. The banana pudding with vanilla wafers was so good. There were enough vanilla wafers to satisfy my sweet tooth. I also tried the large chocolate chip cookie with frosting in the middle. I felt that this cookie was not as good as the pudding, and to me, was a bit dry.
If you’re on vacation with your family and you have quite a bit of extra time in your day, this quirky restaurant is very affordable and welcoming. Florida residents, I definitely recommend giving this unique sandwich shop a try.
1236 Hempel Ave Gotha, FL 34786