Diane Phillips of D.A.D’S HOT DOGS
It’s hard to find someone who doesn’t love a great hotdog – and we all know that the ‘go-to’ hot dog shop in Stockton is D.A.D.’s Dogs! It was nice to sit down with Diane and chat about her popular hot dog shop – discussing her passion, her life and a variety of other tid-bits. Enjoy.
What is one thing you are most proud of?
I am extremely proud of being in business for 38 years. I love working with Denise and Danielle!
What do you like to do on your days off?
On my days off I enjoy working in my yard and playing cards.
What do you like to do for fun?
In addition to owning D.A.D.’s Dogs, I am also a farmer of almonds and walnuts. I love being outside and working in the fields.
What is your favorite food?
Hot dogs of course – but also tacos!
What is your favorite thing about working at D.A.D.’s?
My customers – I love meeting and talking to customers new and old alike.
How would you order your hotdog?
My go to hot dog is a chili cheese dog with onions.
What does D.A.D.’s Dogs stand for?
Diane and Dogs
Tell us more about the pictures on the walls of the restaurant.
That was Denise’s idea and it was a good one. They are my customers that go back for years. Some are gone now but I wish we would have done this when I first opened in 1979.
Tell us about one regular customer who stands out.
Victor Espinoza has been here since day one. A lot of my customers recognize him from years ago when he played his guitar on the corner of Pershing. Everyone knows his name, he goes by Victor Elvis. He is a sweetheart and he comes in almost every day. We look forward to seeing him. He puts a smile on our faces. n