Husband-and-wife team Vicky and Blake Moyer bought Beaufort’s the Dog House Restaurant in 2016 to serve up hot dogs, shrimp burgers and lobster rolls to both in-the-know locals and tourists passing through.
Located on Lady’s Island in a quaint order-at-the-counter restaurant, the Dog House is one of Beaufort’s hidden gems.
Vicky Moyer talks about what makes the Dog House so special and how she and her husband put their mark on the place.
Bluffton Today: When you and Blake bought the restaurant, how did you change the Dog House?
Vicky Moyer: We’re both cooks, so we changed several recipes to put our footprint on the restaurant. We make everything in-house now.
Blake worked with and tweaked the recipe for our shrimp burgers, which sometimes sell out even faster than our hot dogs. I use my secret recipe for the potato salad and we use our own au jus for the Italian beef sandwich.
My pimento cheese is becoming very popular, so I’m now working on securing a wholesale license so I can start shipping out my pimento cheese.
BT: Why did you want to open the Dog House?
Moyer: Blake and I were looking to relocate from Dayton, Ohio, and Blake wanted to own a small restaurant. I have a business management background.
Blake’s business broker showed us this restaurant in Beaufort that was for sale. I fell in love with Beaufort and the Dog House Restaurant.
I love the feeling of Beaufort. The people are great and it’s absolutely gorgeous here.
BT: How would you describe the restaurant?
Moyer: We have both indoor and outdoor seating. It’s casual here and great for families.
We’re a very small building with a quaint, beachy vibe with a lot of Coca-Cola antiques.
BT: What are some the Dog House’s specialties?
Moyer: Everyone comes in for our shrimp burgers and we get our shrimp right off of the local boats, and our hot dogs are made with all beef. All of our hot toppings, like sauerkraut, hot peppers and onions, and chilies, are all made in-house.
We’re also the only place in the area that sells lobster rolls. We get our lobster from Nova Scotia.
BT: Any specials we should know about?
Moyer: We have daily specials at the Dog House. On Mondays, we honor the military, veterans and first responders, who get 10 percent off their meals. Tuesdays during the school year, we offer Teacher Tuesdays, where teachers and faculty get 10 percent off.
Wednesdays are 10 percent off our shrimp burgers. Thursdays we host Thirsty Thursdays, where our ice tea and sweet tea are reduced prices. And Friday is French Fry Friday, where you receive french fries with your meal for only a dollar.