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Where to get a great hot dog in Vancouver

Sometimes you just want a good junk food meal. There used to be the slim jims at a hot dog chain years ago. I think that's the last time I had a good wiener.

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  1. JapaDog is my favorite spot ...not sure, but I think it is closed for the season(?)

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      1. re: victoriafoodie

        If you're craving the full-on steamed experience, I occasionally jones for the so-called Montreal steamies at the Belgian fry place on Davie just west of Granville. They are petite and go well with a cone of frites...

        1. re: grayelf

          Falconetti's on Commercial Drive is another option...not hotdogs, but sausages in a bun sort of deals.

          1. re: grayelf

            I posted elsewhere about my visit to La Belle Patate for poutine but came away loving the steamies there at $2.50 a pop. Make sure you get the "coleslaw" which is more like a light uncooked sauerkraut to me.

        2. re: fmed

          Closed? Just our luck, we were planning on trying it during our stay next week. Can anyone else confirm?

          1. re: DezzerSF

            Their website doesn't indicate that they are closed ( http://www.japadog.com/location/index... )...but they used to close for winter. Maybe that has changed. If I'm downtown, I'll have a look.

              1. re: DezzerSF

                Apologies DezzerSF...I haven't been able check it out. I do notice a couple a very recent (Nov 27) reviews here: http://www.dinehere.ca/restaurant.asp... so I'm thinking that they are open through the winter now.

                1. re: DezzerSF

                  Just had lunch Japadog. Considering the rain and coldness, they are doing very well!

          2. Add me to the list of JapaDog devotees. There's something surreal about eating a kurobuta hot dog covered in Japanese mayo, nori and katsuobushi (dried bonito flakes...). Also, they taste great too!

            1. I love Japadog too. I will try to see if it is still open this week.

              I've never been, but I heard there was a gourmet hot dog stand somewhere in Gastown... has anyone heard of it?

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              1. re: twinkienic

                Hi twinkienic:

                I think the one you're talking about is called Fetch at Water and Abbott. I haven't tried them but apparently they serve dogs from JN&Z on Commercial. Here's a link to a review from last year http://eatvancouver.net/2007/03/fetch...

              2. The stand outside Future shop on Broadway is pretty good. I think there's also
                a place in the Granville Island market that has good hot dogs as well

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                1. re: jmil

                  theres one outside the iga @main and 14rth thats supposed to be quite good

                2. Fourth vote for Japadog - especillay their Oroshi dog. I agree that the European Fry House on davie does a nice dawg. And there's a place, I think it's on w. georgia, around seymour / granville, it's near the pacific centre, the stand is on the south side of the road, think he got a green umbrella , a white guy who dresses laid back, he does a good dog and has nice accompaniments (cranberry mustard on your turkey dawg sir?) suits you sir.

                  1. I agree, Japadogs great and defo still open. I think their oroshi dawgs their best. Also i agree with the European Fry house on Davie, very nice little snack. There also a place, i think it on w. georgia at granville or seymour. Its near the pacific centre, he's on the south side of the street. Green umbrella, young white guy, laid back clothes, good dawg and very nice accompaniements (cranberry mustard and some interesting bits like that).

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                    1. re: tobyglynn

                      I finally got a chance to try Japadog in mid-January, the okonomi dog to be precise. This Kurobota pork doggy really does taste miles above your average tube steak. I could have gone for a bit more cabbage and would likely ask for that next time but that's a small quibble. I'm looking forward to trying the other specialty dogs here. I took a quick snap that doesn't really do this dog justice...

                    2. I've never had a good hot dog in Vancouver for what I think of as a good hot dog. Skinny, longer than the bun all beef weiner(with the casing!!!) that is either steamed or fried on a flat top. Simple white bun that has also been slightly steamed. Only, three topping choices. Sauerkraut, onion sauce and good deli mustard. I don't care what anybody says, mayo in any form does not belong on a hot dog.

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                      1. re: tdeane

                        Someone should open a simple Montreal style steamie casse-croute...maybe in a cart. It is perhaps a little too plain for the typical Vancouverite.

                        1. re: fmed

                          I always like simple. I just want to taste the quality of the main ingredient. I've never had a Montreal style hot dog but I love NY hot dogs. For most of the time I lived there Gray's Papaya dogs were 50 cents each. So as struggling jazz musicians, my friends and I would eat there very often.

                      2. Some photos of the kind of hot dog I like.

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                        1. re: tdeane

                          here's a pic of Dougiedogg on granville. influenced by pinky's of LA.


                          it is steam et all.... the bun was green for st patricks day. :-)

                          i went after dinner. wanted the coney island. sold out had the Dave(Foo Fighters) Grohl (sp?) with coleslaw etc... it was good so had to have another one. i was stuffed at this point.

                          had a 'japanese' hoping to compare to japadog. but it doesnt compare. wrong toppings for this style of hot dog. it is 6.95 per hot dog.

                          i liked the root beer float. would go back to try the coney island.

                          still prefer the kurobuta pork hot dog...