Wait, how much is that hot dog??
In honor of National Hot Dog Day, we decided to round up some of the world's most lavish, decadent, extravagant and expensive hot dogs for your viewing pleasure.
For most of us, a little mustard and sauerkraut will do. Some of us use (shudder) ketchup. Chicagoans will tell you it's just not worth eating a hot dog without relish, sport peppers, celery salt -- well, the whole grocery store, basically. (Just kidding Chicagoans, you make one of our favorite hot dogs of all time.)
But the hot dogs we're gawking at today are a different breed. These franks are soaked in cognac, made of high-end beef, topped with lobster, caviar and, in a few cases, gold. We are talking about seriously luxurious tubes of meat. We would definitely give at least one of these a whirl -- if, say, someone were gifting us luxury hot dogs.
Serendipity 3's $69 "Haute Dog"
Well-known publicity-loving NYC restaurant Serendipity 3 <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2010/07/28/69-hot-dog-for-sale-at-se_n_661871.html" target="_hplink">made a splash in 2010</a> with their $69 "Haute" Dog (see what they did there?): a foot-long, truffle-spiked monster on a truffle-buttered pretzel roll, topped with foie gras. Back then, it took the World Record, but has since been usurped.
The Brockton Rox's $80 "K-O Dog"
Brockton, Massachusetts' baseball team, The Brockton Rox, <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/07/25/brockton-roxstadium-80-dollar-hot-dog_n_908957.html" target="_hplink">tried to steal the World Record</a> with their $80 K-O Dog in 2011. This pricey dog is a foot-long behemoth rubbed with truffle oil, rolled in porcini dust, topped with creme fraiche and more truffles (we hope you like truffles if you're buying any of these -- expensive hot dogs are swimming in the stuff).
DougieDog's $100 "Dragon Dog"
Vancouver's <a href="http://dougiedog.com/" target="_hplink">DougieDog Hot Dogs</a> released the $100 Dragon Dog earlier this year. This dog starts with a <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.ca/2012/01/24/100-hotdog-dragon-dog_n_1226661.html" target="_hplink">bratwurst soaked in century-old Louis the 13th cognac</a>, which costs more than $2,000 a bottle. Then, for good measure, they throw on truffled Kobe beef, lobster and secret sauce.
Capitol Dawg's $149.49 "California Capitol City Dawg"
Sacramento hot dog stand, <a href="http://www.capitoldawg.com/" target="_hplink">Capitol Dawg</a>, currently holds the <a href="http://www.guinnessworldrecords.com/world-records/1000/most-expensive-hot-dog" target="_hplink">official Guinness World Record</a> for most expensive hot dog, at $145.49. The California Capitol City Dawg is an 18 inch, 3/4 pound all-beef frank, topped with (among many other things) applewood smoked bacon, Swedish moose cheese (costing $200 USD a pound!) and a basil olive oil/cranberry-pear-coconut balsamic vinaigrette. It is served on a custom-made herb focaccia roll toasted in (what else?) white truffle butter.
Hot Dog Mike's $1501 "ONEDog"
Next up: <a href="http://hotdogmike.com/blog/2012/05/hot-dog-mike-presents-the-worlds-most-expensive-hot-dog/" target="_hplink">Hot Dog Mike's ONEDog</a> costs $1501. $1500 of which gets donated to a local Little Rock, Arkansas homeless charity (he's only keeping $1 in profit on this frank!). What goes into one of the world's most expensive hot dogs? Well, a quarter pound all-beef hot dog, topped with lobster tail, saffron aioli and <strong>gold flakes</strong>.
230 FIFTH's $2300 "230 FIFTH Dog"
And now, a hot dog so expensive, so new, that <a href="http://www.marketwatch.com/story/230-fifth-cuts-the-mustard-with-worlds-most-expensive-hot-dog-for-charity-2012-07-23" target="_hplink">photos do not even exist yet</a>. NYC nightclub <a href="http://www.230-fifth.com/" target="_hplink">230 FIFTH</a> partnered with local, hunger-fighting charity <a href="http://www.cityharvest.org/" target="_hplink">City Harvest</a> to create the 230 FIFTH Dog. At <strong>$2300</strong>, it is definitely the most expensive hot dog in the world. The 60-day dry-aged wagyu dog is laced with (duh) black truffles and nestled in a (we GET IT) white-truffle-buttered brioche bun. Among many other fancy, expensive condiments, this monster gets topped with Vidalia onions caramelized in Dom Perignon Champagne, house-made organic sauerkraut braised in Louis Roederer Cristal and platinum oscetra caviar. And don't worry, they also didn't forget the gold leaf. The world's most expensive hot dog will be available daily, starting July 30th, 2012, but requires 48 hours advance-notice. <em>Photo by Flickr user <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/preppybyday/5076302395/" target="_hplink">TheCulinaryGeek</a></em>