You can't help but feel hip when you sit on the deck at Sup Dogs at noon on a sunny day.
First, there's the location, at the busy downtown Greenville intersection of Fifth and Reade streets. You will be seen -- and folks will be jealous that you are sitting there and they are just driving by or walking past.
Second, there's the soundtrack: Foo Fighters, Fall Out Boy, Blink 182.
Third, there's your fellow diners: Businessmen and attorneys, college professors, families, students, all kinds of interesting folks. And there's usually some dogs, too; Leonidis and Zoey were there with their people one recent sunny day when we stopped by for lunch.
And fourth is the menu: hot dogs, hand-pattied hamburgers, long-cut fries served with creamy Sup Sauce for dipping, 16-ingredient chili simmered for six hours, beer and cool cocktails in plastic cups.
When you're on the deck at Sup Dogs, you aren't just hip, you're 100. (Look it up if you aren't as hip as us.)
Last summer, a publication named "Business Insider" gave Sup Dogs a rank of 21 on their list of 40 Best Hot Dog Joints in America.
Derek Oliverio, the late founder of Sup Dogs, would be stoked about that. Derek, who was just 24 when he opened the restaurant in 2008, had a well thought-out restaurant concept, a recipe for Sup Sauce, a ready smile and a great work ethic. After Derek died in a house fire in 2011, his brother Bret Oliverio left his job as a Washington, DC, radio producer to move to Greenville and continue Derek's dream.
Tables on the partially covered deck are in demand year round, but it's a bit easier to secure one when East Carolina University students are gone for the summer. Enter through the restaurant or access the deck from the ramp on the back.
213 E. Fifth St. in Greenville
Lunch service begins at 11 a.m. daily