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Jan 12, 2009 04:12 PM

Alameda and Oakland Dogs

Has anyone tried the new place that Jon Thiele (owner of Pappo) opened in the Alameda Marketplace? I saw a mention in the local paper and appears to be based on the East Coast deep fried hot dog. I have always wanted to visit Rutts Hut in New Jersey and would be pleased if this was comparable ~ save me a lot of time and money! Ruth, you seem all over the best of Alameda ~ have you tried this yet? It may be a very specific yearning and not appeal to all.

In a related topic, I recently tried Oh My Dawg in Oakland on Second Street between Broadway and Washington. While the owner was very nice, overall it was ok, maybe worth a return trip. The casing on the keilbasa was a little tough for my taste and the thin battered coated fries are frozen. Good roll though and lightly toasted which I like. At $8.75 for a dog, fries with dipping sauce and a drink, a little more than I would consider a bargain. Add your own condiments were relish, cold sauerkraut, chopped onions, ketchup and yellow mustard.

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  1. Similar topic, different question.

    Is there any place in the Bay Area that serves something similar to the Puka Dog?

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    1. re: Scott M

      Doubt it, have you tried it? If so, what'd you think? I'm going to try it in a couple of months.

    2. I've seen a rec for the hamburger at Culina, don't recall anything about the dog.

      1650 Park St, Alameda, CA

      1. Are you just teasing me? Family matters kept me from a pilgrimage to Clifton New Jersey on my last trip East. No mention of rippers in this link.

        1. I went to Oh My Dawg a month or so ago. The regular hot dog was good to very good and they dressed it well I also got the $8.75 special and it was more then I'd like to pay for a dog, fries and a soda, not a great deal. The fries were good but I was expecting something different given the dipping sauce. Nice owner/staff. I'd go back for the dog and a soda for around $5 but not $8.75 for the special. It was like $9 bucks with tax and psychologically thats a bit much for a hot dog and fries.

          1. The Ripper Dog at Culina is a lovely guilty pleasure: buttered and grilled bun, house-made onion relish, and delish' hot dog where the natural casing rips open in the deep fryer! One of the cooks is from NJ and guided the recipe.

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            1. re: nerdigrrl

              Thank you nerdgirl. Do they also make cremators? Fuggetaboutit, I'm on my way to Alameda as soon as the morning commute abates.

              1. re: wolfe

                Looking forward to your thoughts. It was hard to find info ~ nothing on the Pappo / Culina web site but I knew I had read it somewhere. Also want your thoughts on the onion relish and if the dog is available every day or on a rotating basis. I'm sure a cremator is possible, isn't it just extra time in the fryer?

                1. re: tomatoaday

                  Good dog. Nice snap and flavor. Relish tasty but would have preferred more. Since I never got to have the original am not sure of the dog to bun ratio. The Rutt dog looks bigger in pictures but the very good bun here may be bigger. Dog with special relish, sauerkraut and grain mustard a little over $6. On the regular menu and I got mine a 10:30. Call it brunch.
                  Rutt ripper

                  1. re: wolfe

                    Thanks for the report! I'm trying to drop the pounds that crept on over the last year, so no deep-fried dogs for me for a while!

                    1. re: Ruth Lafler

                      A quick search shows a hot dog, cheese and ground beef deep fried on a hoagie roll, covered with chili, bacon, onions and a fried egg is 623 calories. Culina's has only relish, mustard, sauerkraut. No cheese, no chili, no bacon and no fried egg. Without those it's a veritable weight watcher's meal.

                    2. re: wolfe

                      Thanks for the report, sounds PDG, I'll have to get over there soon. Do they have fries? (Sorry Ruth, had to ask) The dog seems ... rustic compared to their other food I saw on the web site so the whole setup has me curious. Their take out chicken dinner pack looks good too.

                      Thanks for the Road Food picture, that site is always my visual breakfast stop. I have "traveled" a long way on those posts and pictures.

                      1. re: tomatoaday

                        Fries and onion rings, I think $2.95 which is why I have no report on them.