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May 30, 2012 04:20 PM

Japadog: lukewarm, stale and wet.

The wurst itself was slashed all over, as if by a clumsy prison shanking, and was cool in the middle. It was swimming in Cupie Doll mayo and "teriyaki" sauce, and broke loose from the bun on the second bite.

The fries were ancient and leathery, and were "shaked" with a "butter and shoyu" chemical compound.

It was lunchtime, and not surprisingly, the place was empty.

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  1. i've only had them at Smorgasburg, but thought they were pretty good. i especially liked the Vietnamese, Chinese, and Thai styles.

    Edit: as judy pointed out below, it is Asia Dog that is at Smorgasburg and not Japadog.

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    1. re: coasts

      Coasts, Possibly you're referring to Asia Dogs?

      Somewhat similar names and concepts.

    2. this is a cult shop that just hasnt worked here. i havent been to the original but my hotdog was just a mess. the bun was way too bread-y, the pork cutlet was fried poorly with the breading falling off, the sauce was too tart...just a disaster.

      1. Sorry you had a bad experience there. I enjoy the Terimayo hot dog there, that is the best one , in my opinion, its also the skinniest one. I like the free pickles also. One of my favorite quick food places. Num Pang on 12th street is my other favorite, with no similarity at all , except for the quickness.

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        1. re: foodwhisperer

          I've only been to Japadog once and had the Terimayo. To be honest, I really enjoyed it. It was really satisfying and tasty. Japadog is no culinary revelation, of course. But once in a while, their type of food really hits the spot.

          1. re: Cheeryvisage

            We've been several times and have always enjoyed ourselves. You are correct that it isn't a culinary breakthrough but it is exactly what you want some times. Terimayo and Negimiso have been favs.

        2. Every time I have attempted to attend this dining venue to try their food, they have been closed.

          The visual representations on ads or menu look nice.

          I have to say I was not at all impressed with Asiadog or Asia Dog on Kenmare. I had trouble with this mostly western food, the hot dog that is, paired up with varying mixes or medleys of Asian flavors from Korean kimchi to Vietnam and Japanese fusions, as well as the so called slaws of a nouvo realm.

          Kimchi I have clumped onto delivered NY style pizza to the dismay or disgust of friends, and enjoyed the pizza more than others in the room, but for me an Asian hot dog is one that is self served at 7/11, in the western fashion, somewhere far west from Big Sur.

          When I noticed Japadog open I saw a promising alternative to the attempts by Asiadog to dress the hot dog up with Asian clothes, but we will have to see.

          Thanks for the review.