In the latest example of gourmet dining one-upsmanship, a Vancouver eatery now offers a gourmet hot dog that will set you back $100.
As a response to the unveiling of the $69 “haute dog” at Serendipity restaurant in New York, the Vancouver restaurant DougieDog now offers the first 3-figure hot dog. The footlong "Dragon Dog" sells for $100, and features premium ingredients such as truffles, cognac, and Kobe beef.
Rather than a traditional weiner, this premium treat is made from a bratwurst infused with century-old Louis XIII cognac, which costs more than $2,000 a bottle. As if that wasn't decadent enough, the meaty creation is then topped with Kobe beef seared in truffle oil, lobster meat, and secret recipe picante sauce.
"In designing this hot dog I wanted to come up with something super tasty and high-end that stays true to the traditional identity of the hot dog -- a hot dog that any hot dog lover would enjoy," DougieDog proprietor Dougie Luv said.
Since it costs more than the $69 "haute dog" at New York City's Serendipity, the $100 Dragon Dog may be able to usurp the American restaurant's current title as the Guinness World Record holder for the world's most expensive hot dog, pending review from the organization.
DougieDog has a long history of creative and over-the-top creations, with celebs like Dave Grohl and Tom Green known to enjoy the wacky flavor combinations at this Granville Street establishment. Other menu items include the Dave Grohl special with a whiskey infusion, and the Tokyo dog with bonito flakes and and dried seaweed. However, even these off-beat offerings retail for around $7.
The current official world record for hot dog eating is held by Joey Chestnut, who can eat 62 dogs in ten minutes. That means if he stopped into DougieDogs, he could likely run up a bill of over $6000. For the rest of us, paying for even one of these grandiose gutbusters would be tough. But despite the hefty price tag, DougieDog plans to keep the Dragon Dog on the regular menu for the foreseeable future.