Seven weeks ago, Highlands Ranch resident Joe Zemla and his wife, Su, opened Bernie’s Hot Dog Co. in the Highlands Ranch Town Center. The sleek space celebrates the hot dog (choose from traditional, turkey, foot-long, or mini corn dogs) in a Chipotle-esque space.

Order from the board–the Michigan Avenue dog with sport peppers, relish, diced tomatoes, celery salt, and a pickle spear is both traditional and tasty–and watch as the staff plucks your dog from the griddle and dresses it up accordingly. Best of all, you get to select more add-ons (from diced cucumbers to braised sauerkraut) and round out the meal with hot fries or a crunchy salad.

My only complaint: The skimpy amount of guacamole that accompanied my P.C.H. dog (topped with guac, diced tomatoes, and a slice of bacon).

1601 Mayberry Drive, Suite 103, Highlands Ranch,


Amanda M. Faison
Amanda M. Faison
Freelance writer Amanda M. Faison spent 20 years at 5280 Magazine, 12 of those as Food Editor.