Using a pillowy bun as a barrier, hot dogs are safely protected from environmental hazards such as open manholes and greasy-handed schoolchildren. Enjoy snugly shielded franks with today's Groupon: for $8, you get $16 worth of hot dogs and drinks at Hula Dog.
Hula Dog serves franks wrapped in soft and sweet, locally baked Hawaiian hoagie rolls amid a casual, family-friendly, surf-themed environment. The eponymous Hula Dog starts with a quarter-pound Boar's Head all-beef wiener for traditionalists, a quarter-pound spicy sausage for iron tongues, or a soy veggie dog for fans of meat impressionists ($4.95; $6.95 with chips and a soft drink). Diners can accessorize their wrapped dogs in three layers of sauces. All of the shop's hula sauces, such as garlic lemon and spicy jalapeno, fruit sauces, such as coconut and pineapple, and mustard options, including mango mustard and spicy brown, are custom-made in-store. Budweiser or Michelob Ultra ($4.95/16-oz. can) or fresh-squeezed lemonade ($2.50) sail sustenance into stomach tidal pools.
Located in a wood-paneled hut, the cash-only Hula Dog exudes beach pastiche with upright surfboards staked around patio tables covered by bright parasols. Patrons can enjoy outdoor seating with a sweet treat of frozen pineapple chunks while a calming breeze evokes nostalgia for childhoods spent at wind-farm camp ($1.95).