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Top Dog: A User’s Guide
- All beef kosher-style frankfurter
- Calabrese Italian pork sausage with paprika, chilli, and fennel
- Smoked all-pork linguiça sausage cured in wine vinegar
Where to Sit: There are a couple of stools at a skinny counter inside the original flagship location, but they fill up fast. In other words, don’t count on them. Luckily, the meals come in buns and are highly portable.
When to Go: While the sausages make a great lunch, the eatery is also a classic night spot. It’s open until 2 a.m., even on Sundays and Holidays.
- If you don’t dig on swine (or any meat, really), just ask for “The Wienie,” a vegetarian dog made with wheat protein, bell peppers, fennel, eggplant, and fresh garlic.
- If you’re moving or taking a long-term vacation, don’t fret—you can still get your Top Dog fix. They graciously provide mail-order service for all of their sausages and buns. Fair warning, though: it isn’t always cheap to ship food products across the country.
Linguiça: a type of spicy sausage originally from Portugal, which is usually made from smoke-cured pork seasoned with paprika and garlic.
Hot link: a finely ground, heavily peppered sausage, known for it’s bright red color and extremely spicy flavor.
If You Can’t Make It, Try This: the naturally smoked, 100% gourmet beef sausages in local, daily-made French buns at Dojo Dog (Bancroft Way and College Avenue), known for its Asian-fusion spin on the classic American hot dog.