Now that summertime is really heating up, the humble hot dog takes center stage at upcoming events and as menu specials around Greater Boston. From a new lineup of “mutts” at Bukowski in Cambridge, to a vegan-friendly smoked sausage-inspired snack from By Chloe, to free Fenway Franks courtesy of Kayem, check out these seasonal sausage specials.
Chef Brian Poe always has something fun in a split-top bun at the Inman Square outpost of his beer bar, and the newest menu update keeps the tradition alive. There are three new hot dog dishes in the lineup, including a classic Chicago-style dog, but made with a Kayem frank; a ’dog topped with tangy kimchi and kimchi aioli; and the Michelada ’dog, loaded with black bean and andouille salsa, beer aioli, and a drizzle of Frank’s RedHot. Can’t decide? Go for “the mutt,” a $15 sampler serving of all three.
1281 Cambridge St., Cambridge, 617-497-7077, bukowskitavern.net.
The seasonal burgers-and-beer series is back for another summer at chef Barbara Lynch’s casual South End shop—and there are a couple hot dogs coming to the party. Every Monday and Tuesday through Labor Day, chef de cuisine Amanda Lowry is dishing out a Chicago-style classic, as well as the TBS hot dog on a Parker House roll, topped with bread-and-butter-pickled fennel and whole grain mustard. There are juicy burgers on the special menu, too, and tons of cool craft beer-pairing suggestions to wash it all down.
552 Tremont St., Boston, 617-423-4800, thebutchershopboston.com.
Every Tuesday night is a celebration of the menu-classic Brondog at chef Tim Wiechmann’s first Union Square restaurant. (He just opened a pizza joint, too.) Coming up this month, $14 Brondog Tuesday specials include a foot-long Mexican corn ’dog on July 16, with sweet corn, jalapeño, lime aioli, cheese, and scallions; and a foot-long, breaded-and-fried schnitzel ’dog on July 23. Plus: It’s almost Hot Dog Week! The annual extravaganza showcases (get it?) all things wurst: From a pickle-topped pup to a Weihenstephaner beer-battered fried clam hot dog and more, have a creative frank for dinner every night of the week from Tuesday, July 23 through Sunday, July 28.
Hot Dog Week 2019, July 23-28, 255 Washington St., Somerville, 617-776-9900, bronwynrestaurant.com.
Even if you don’t eat mystery meat, this vegan restaurant’s got a hot dog that won’t skimp on smoked and salty flavor. The new menu item at all locations of By Chloe is a cured and smoked carrot, produced by New York City’s Harry & Ida’s Meat and Supply Co., a hip deli in the East Village. Plus, the Instagram pros at By Chloe got none other than competitive eater and six-time Guinness World Record holder Takeru Kobayashi to help them promote the new carrot dog. When he’s not housing hot dogs and smashing records, Kobayashi follows a mainly plant-based diet, and he says he’s pleasantly surprised by this hot dog-like newcomer. “The smoky taste of the carrot in the bun is something really unique and different, and I love that it’s made with only carrots and no processed ingredients,” he says. The $6.75 carrot dog is served up New York-style, with Sir Kensington’s Classic Yellow Mustard, sauerkraut, and a potato bun.
107 Seaport Blvd., Seaport, 617-845-1055; 100 Van Ness St., Fenway, 617-936-5936; 399 Boylston St., Back Bay, Boston, 617-336-7566, eatbychloe.com.
Take some inspiration from Takeru Kobayashi and go on a hot dog binge. For the third year in a row, a group of Cambridge and Somerville businesses are challenging you to eat four special hot dogs during the week of July 22. Totally doable, right? To participate, pick up a Camberville Hot Dog Crawl passport at the Automatic, Roxy’s Grilled Cheese/A4cade, Trina’s Starlite Lounge, or Buenas Maxi Kiosko at Bow Market—and then eat a hot dog at all of those places, and get your passport stamped to prove it. Turn in your completed passport at any location to be entered to win raffle prizes. This year, there are a few ancillary events, including a special one-night party at Brick & Mortar on Thursday, July 25; attending that fête gets you a bonus entry into the raffle. Plus: Trina’s Starlite Lounge kicks things off on Monday, July 22, with a special hot dog-themed industry brunch, and Narragansett Beer is hosting a skate crawl on Sunday, July 28, with plans to hit all four stops. Find the full details on Facebook and Instagram, and prepare yourself for this epic week of wieners.
The party people at Hojoko are keeping busy with two new restaurant-family openings inside the new Time Out Market food hall, flexing their creative snack muscles at the chicken-and-dumplings-focused Ms. Cluck’s Deluxe, and riffing on the Hojoko menu-favorite crispy nori shell tacos at Gogo-Ya. But that doesn’t mean chef Tim Cushman and team are taking the summer off in the shadow of Fenway Park. Quite the opposite: Tons of fresh stuff is on the menu at Hojoko (not to mention, at the still-new Groove lounge), including a super-cool seafood riff on the hot dog. The Sea Dog is cased and smoked in-house with a stuffing of smoked shrimp, pork fatback, and spices; and it’s robata-grilled to order. Shrimp and smoke are a perfect summer flavor combination.
1271 Boylston St., Boston, 617-670-0507, hojokoboston.com.
Don’t take candy from strangers, but definitely take hot dogs from big green monsters. Wally the Green Monster and his friends Pat Patriot and Blades the Bruin will be roaming downtown Boston on Tuesday, July 30 (rescheduled from July 23 due to weather), around lunchtime, handing out gratis franks from Kayem Foods. The Chelsea-based company is highlighting its local connection with this annual giveaway, and Kayem also happens to be the official hot dog of the Red Sox, Patriots, and Bruins. The team has 3,000 hot dogs to share between noon and 3 p.m., outside 100 Summer St. in downtown Boston.
Tuesday, July 30, noon-3 p.m., 100 Summer St., Boston.
Every week it’s Wiener Wednesday at this Southie spot. Lest you expect a simple mustard-squiggle, these ever-changing, one-day-only specials have been loaded with the likes of maple-braised pork belly and Gruyere sauce for a Cubano sandwich-style riff; chili con carne, roasted chili queso sauce, and crispy tortilla strips; and much, much more. The fork-required behemoth pictured here was inspired by the Japanese street snack okonomiyaki, featuring fried quail eggs, crispy bacon, and bonito flakes. Chef Nicholas Dixon’s crew makes their own buns in-house to handle these creations, and they share the specials on Instagram. Stop in and see what they’re cooking up any Wednesday you want.
425 W Broadway, South Boston, 617-765-8636, lincolnsouthboston.com.
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