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Feb 3, 2007 12:51 AM

What's Up Dog, SF

Lunch on the run yesterday was a plain ol' hot dog from the What's Up Dog on Bush in SF's Financial District. Even though it was rather late in the lunch hour, the grilled dog served up instantly seemed in fresh and in good form without telltale dessication from holding too long. All beef, it had a snappy casing and nice spicing. The bun was a bit dry, not toasted, but good integrity. When I asked the source, the employee didn't know but volunteered that it was different than the usual bun in use and might become a replacement. I would vote for it.

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  1. Grilled with grill marks?

    Usual toppings?

    Celery salt or poppy seed bun anywhere in the establishment?

    Polish, hot links or italian sausage on the menu?

    Sigh, I do love a good hot dog.

    >Menu here-

    I think I like their selection- will give it a try. I just read on the web somewhere they order from the same distrib as Top Dog

    2 Replies
    1. re: P. Punko

      Not cross-hatched grill marks, but a brown sear stretching the length of each side.

      1. re: P. Punko

        Love of an haute dog is universal.

      2. The menu shows a relatively correct Chicago-style dog (not on steamed poppy seed bun) AND they have slaw for a slaw dog. A friend recommends eating a super spicy hotlink with cole slaw- the hot and cool forming a nice mix.

        1. I have never been too thrilled with them dogs although better than most.

          Still looking for the most flavorful steamed dog and bun.

          1. This is across the street from my office and I'll often opt for WUD for a reliable cheap bite for lunch. (If you are used to eating hot dogs in the East Bay, don't get confused and order a "Top Dog". They don't like that.)

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            1. re: Squeat Mungry

              Heheh, what I liked about the test bun was not only the texture but the size. A frank can get lost in the sesame seed buns that Top Dog uses, this was the right proportions for a hot dog.

            2. I agree the dog/bun proportion is better than at Top Dog, and I prefer the seedless bun. Maybe next time I'll see if they'll toast the bun on the grill for me.

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              1. re: Squeat Mungry

                It sounded like this bun as still in "beta", so do speak up about it since you're a regular.

                1. re: Squeat Mungry

                  Hey Squeat, good to see you on CH! Did you bring my friend Tana with you?

                  I recently publicly lamented that you weren't on CH in the context of a thread about the best screen names... (just say it aloud, folks).

                  1. re: Gary Soup

                    Hey Gary! Tana's active on that other board (haven't seen you over there much, lately), but I don't think she cares too much for the CH interface. Good to see you, too.

                    Melanie, I will definitely speak to them about the bun next time. I'll report. (Heh. Finally figured out how to use the 'reply' feature.)

                    1. re: Squeat Mungry

                      Tana doesn't care much for me, either.

                      If I posted as much on the other board as I do here, the total daily post count for the California (+ Nevada and Hawaii) board over there would be at least double what it is.