Oakland - What's Up Dog Express @ Grocery Outlet ... with or without snap?
FINALLY got to try a frank from What's Up Dog.
I really like it. I have to think about it but in might be my favorite in this part of the East Bay.
The Schwartz dog can be ordered with casing ($3) or skinless ($2.50). Needless to say, the snap is worth the extra 50 cents.
Nice bun that is a classic. Condiments are classics ... Heinz catsup, Gulden's brown mustard, French's yellow, relish and chopped onions. Saurkraut is available free but it is not heated. It is still good.
They don't have the whole menu, just the beef dog, chicken apple sausage and kielbasa. Chicago-style and slaw dogs are available. Though pretzels are on the menu, they don't sell them anymore.
One thing ... they sell pastrami on a dog roll ($3) ... Charlies Pride ... Charlie should hang his head in shame. The pastrami was beautifully steamed and with a better pastrami this would be a deal because the bun is loaded with it. It is awful with a rubbery texture and what little flavor there is ... is bad and artificial tasting. Nothing helped it. I brought it home and fried it ... ick. The dogs next door enjoyed most of it ... they are not of the Chowhound breed ... but slipping them some chow occasionally keeps them from barking at me.
The people at the stand are very nice. Cracked me up when someone walked up to the stand and said "What's up, dogs?"
I'm easily amused at times.
What's Up Dog
2900 Broadway, Oakland, CA 94611
They had an Express set up at the Nihonmachi Street Festival a couple of weeks ago, and I swear I saw a What's Up Dog cart (with wheels) as well somewhere. It would be nice if they proliferated, as we could use some actual street food. For the nostalgic, they serve a "New York" dog featuring that awful Sabrett's red sauce.