An Honest Review of Gray Dog Diner


Mason Orlando

This time around, I had the opportunity to visit another staple Lakewood restaurant. Residing in a small shopping mall, on the corner of Detroit and Waterbury, is Gray Dog Diner. Gray Dog, as it is usually referred to, is a small restaurant taking up only about two store fronts. Despite this, they manage to house quite a bit of guests in a normal year where social distancing isn’t a hindrance. The decor is very modern while still retaining some classic checkered patterns and old black and white photos. When you walk in you are greeted by a cashier and a case with drinks for those on the go as well as a number of pastries if you want a sweet treat. Once you meet the amazingly kind staff you are shown to a table in the small dining room.

Sitting down, the modern classic decor keeps the restaurant vibe far from upscale, but rather replaces it with a calm and relaxing place to enjoy some decent food. The medium menu gives you the choice of many different meals whether you are in the mood for breakfast, a sandwich, wraps, salad, a burger, or one of Gray Dog’s killer hot dogs. This time around I had the opportunity to try the chili dog platter. In my most honest opinion, it is one of my favorite things I’ve ever had in a Lakewood restaurant. The crispy bun sets itself apart from the warm, delicious chili and the addition of onions and cheese ties it all together. The quality is the killer part; everything tastes homemade down to the hot dog and if you get the platter, you receive fresh cut fries and coleslaw. Both of which are just as amazing in their own way. An overall 10/10 in my book.

Now let’s discuss price point, the enemy of most high school students. At Gray Dog there is nothing over $12. Even better is that they offer a student burger for only $6 and a breakfast sandwich for $3.75. That’s a deal you can’t beat. Between the immensely affordable prices and the high quality food, Gray Dog is a great restaurant that deserves every bit of its praise. If you’re out and about in the nice weather this, why not stop in!