Haute Dogs at HD1

March 1, 2012 at 10:12 am , by Serina Patrick

With his burger “boutique” Flip in full swing, it wasn’t much of a surprise to learn Richard Blais’ next concept was to elevate the lowly hot dog.

Although not the owner of HD1, he did consult on the menu to develop unusual combinations like the Kenturkey, a turkey sausage topped with tomato-pimento marmalade, mornay, bacon, and parmesan, and to reinvent the classics like the chili cheese dog.

I recently had the misfortune of having a birthday and wanted to placate myself with a leisurely and fattening lunch. My neighbor LG joined me as we ventured down the street to sample the weiners. The austere storefront leads to a modern industrial interior, with pops of color here and there. Vintage sodas like Nehi Orange and Cheerwine are nestled in ice by the register where guests place their orders.

So many dogs to choose from! Should I try the bratwurst or the lobster roll? Perhaps the Merguez, a lamb sausage topped with currants, yogurt, and minted cucumber. Nevermind. I hate mint and cucumber. LG considered trying Pigs in the Sheets, one of the alternatives to a dog, a puff pastry stuffed with curried pork and mango sauce, but instead opted for the Little Italy made with locally crafted fennel sausage, grilled radicchio, fontina and a drizzle of San Marzano ketchup.

Completely out of character, I ordered the Fried Chicken Dog, a breaded, deep-fried chicken weiner topped with sweet potato jam, hot sauce and mac ‘n’ cheese, which I requested on the side. Served on a hefty Holeman & Finch bun, I had to unhinge my jaw to take a bite. Crunchy, spicy, and sweet all in one bite, the dog was a winner, although it was pretty greasy.

LG’s dog was even better than mine. She paired it was the house salad of baby romaine, pears, and radish with blue cheese dressing…a nice size bowl for just $4. Other side offerings include waffle fries, homemade pickles, and pork ‘n’ beans with bacon crumbles.

I had to try the chocolate espresso bread pudding, after all, it was my birthday! LG had given up sugar for lent and wouldn’t help me eat it so I took half of it home. Again, a good size serving for just $3, and better than most fancy restaurant desserts that are twice the price.

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  • Lindie Grant

    The mojito was also da bom!

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