We would always walk by Gourmet Dog Japon on our daily walk down to the Pike Place Market. I’ve heard good and bad things about this little street cart, but after walking by it everyday, what the hell? Why not give it a try?
I chose the Kabuki dog. Piled high on top of the sausage was bonito flakes, katsu sauce, Kewpie mayonnaise, grilled cabbage and beni shoga. The bonito flakes (katsuobushi), a dried, fermented, and smoked skipjack tuna, added a depth of saltiness and fishiness to the overall hot dog. While the beni shoga, a red pickled ginger, added the much needed acid.
The bf got the spicy Masuri for $0.25 more. The sausage itself is a smoked Louisiana hot link. The Matsuri is GDJ’s most popular dog, it consists of dried green seaweed (nori), pickled carrots, the same sweet mayo as the Kabuki, and teriyaki-glazed onions.
These were only okay…so I guess I had to right to be skeptical after all…haha. They’re kind of fun to try if you’ve never had “gourmet” hot dogs, but since Calgary has Tubby Dog, nothing was really that out of the ordinary for me at GDJ.
GOURMET DOG JAPON
245 Pike Street
Seattle, WA 98101