As hipsters move from craft beer back to cheap stuff for authenticity’s sake, they’re also swaying from sushi burritos to hot dogs.
On top of that, Snapchat’s dancing hot dog filter is bringing even more fame to the ballpark classic.
Hot dogs are in.
In Minneapolis, there are a lot of hot dog options. This is the Midwest, after all — anything that has unidentifiable meat goes.
From the most overdone to the most fattening, here are the best and most extravagant dogs in town.
The Yakisoba Dog
Where: Kyatchi, 3758 Nicollet Ave., Minneapolis
How much: $9
Kyatchi, a Japanese restaurant East of Lake Calhoun, doesn’t just make sushi. They’re also home to some of Minneapolis’s most exotic hot dogs.
The Yakisoba dog is the perfect insta-dog. Complete with colorful herbs and sauce drizzled over the top, it hardly looks like a hot dog.
The hot dog itself is made of limousin beef. Dressings include stir-fried soba noodles, onion, red ginger and Japanese mayo.
Kyatchi has a number of other hot dogs as well, including an avocado and egg dog.
The Diamond Dog
Where: The Depot Tavern, 17 N. 7th St., Minneapolis
How much: $8
The Diamond Dog is the perfect pre-ballgame or post-concert meal.
The Depot Tavern is located next to First Avenue and the Target Center, making it an ideal pit stop to avoid the wallet gouging prices at sporting events and concerts.
The Diamond Dog is a quarter pound, all-beef hot dog that is wrapped in pepper bacon, deep fried and served on a pretzel bun.
Yes, it’s wrapped in bacon.
Not a pretzel bun fan? That’s okay. The Diamond dog comes as a corn dog too.
And if that doesn’t sound like enough calories, the Diamond Dog can be upgraded to the Diamond Chili-Dog.
The Picnic Dog
Where: The Wienery, 414 Cedar Ave. S., Minneapolis
How much: $3.50
This dog is in the University of Minnesota’s own backyard. It’s served at The Wienery, a block away from the Carlson School of Management.
Everyone loves picnic food, and nothing says “summer picnic” like baked beans and coleslaw. So why not eat them all together on top of a hot dog?
If you’re looking for something more, you can get the dog wrapped in bacon for an extra dollar-fifty.
The Minnesoter Dog: $12
Where: The Nighthawks Diner, 3753 Nicollet Ave. S., Minneapolis
How much: $12
The Nighthawks Diner describes itself as a “postmodern take on the urban American diner” — you can make your own judgment here.
Despite its hometown name, the Minnesoter Dog is not traditional. But it is surely postmodern, whatever that means.
The foot-long Minnesoter is topped with potato salad, pickled herring, fermented cucumber and salmon roe. (For those who aren’t used to hearing of roe on hot dogs, that’s because it usually isn’t. It’s basically un-cured caviar.