Thursday, July 19, 2012

Five hidden haunts for kimchi haute dogs

Dressing the humble hot dog is no longer simply a squirt of mustard and a dollop of relish. Food trucks and restaurant chefs across the U.S. are giving this simple sausage new designer "clothes."

Since July is National Hot Dog Month in the United States, Nation's Restaurant News found inspiration to create a slideshow including kimchi hot dogs as a part of a new trend of boutique frankfurters.

The featured kimchi dog came not from New York City or Los Angeles, both abounding in Korean fusion fare, but from Cincinnati. Let's take an east-to-west tour of similar places prepping American palates to pair the Korean pickled staple with other domestic foods.

Station Street Hog Dog, Pittsburgh, Penn.

This venerable hot dog joint has been in business since 1915. No small feat in a country where most restaurants go out of business within a few years of operation. The Station Street kimchi dog is made with 100 percent beef and topped with kimchi, Kewpie mayonnaise, nori and bonito flakes.

What's next, a Pittsburgh version of kimchi okonomyaki?
6290 Broad St., Pittsburgh, PA 15206
Monday–Saturday, 11 a.m.–9 p.m.; Sunday, noon–7 p.m.
(412) 365–2121
Twitter: @StationStHotDog

DC-3, Washington, D.C.

Even denizens of the nation's capital needs their U.S. Recommended Daily Allowance of kimchi dogs. DC-3's version is Q's Seoul Bulgogi and Kimchi Hot Dog. It is a butter-grilled beef loaf smothered in kimchi, 불고기 bulgogi (marinaded grilled flanken-cut steak) and sriracha sauce.
423 Eighth St. S.E., Washington, DC 20003
Sunday–Thursday, 11 a.m.–9 p.m.; Friday–Saturday, 11 a.m.–10 p.m.
(202) 546-1935
Twitter: @EatDC-3

Senate Pub, Cincinnati, Ohio

Nation's Restaurant News placed this Cincinnati treat in its top 10 list of designer hot dogs. Senate Pub's Korean Hot Dog features an all-beef hot dog robed in red chili mayonnaise on a brioche bun and topped with bulgogi, housemade kimchi, pickled cucumbers and sesame seeds.
1212 Vine St., Cincinnati, OH 45202
Tuesday–Thursday, 11:30 a.m.–2 p.m., 4:30–11 p.m.; Friday, 11:30 a.m.–2 p.m., 4:30 p.m.–1 a.m.; Saturday, 4:30 p.m.–1 a.m.; Sunday–Monday, closed
(513) 421-2020
Facebook: Senate Restaurant

LA Burger, Irving, Texas

LA Burger in a Dallas suburb of America's largest state calls itself "the home of the K-town burger," a tip of the hat to Los Angeles' Koreatown. This Lone Star State version of the kimchi dog, called the Seoul Dog, starts with an all-beef frankfurter topped with kimchi and a choice of either bulgogi or 돼지고기 doejigogi/daejigogi/dwejigogi (pork) topping.
10045 N. MacArthur Blvd., Ste. 113, Irving, TX 75063
Monday-Saturday, 11 a.m.–9 p.m.; Sunday, closed
(972) 501-9188

Doggy-Style, Alameda, Calif.

End your hot dog pilgrimage in my home turf: beautiful, temperate Northern California. Located on the eastern side of the San Francisco Bay area, double entendre–dropping Doggy-Style created its Kimchi "Pyro" with a pork-based hot link topped with kimchi, cucumbers and a special spicy red hot mayo.
1234 Park St., Alameda, CA 94501
Monday–Saturday, 11:30 a.m.–8 p.m.; Sunday, 11:30 a.m.–6 p.m.
(510) 521-5555
Twitter: @DoggyStyleDogs
The only thing that would make these kimchi dogs more American is to make your own at home with an all-American bison dog.

What's your favorite Korean-style hotdog place? Feel free to either put in a brief review in the comments below or email me at and submit your idea for a full length review as a guest post on Koreafornian Cooking.

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