Dogs aren't just for baseball games and frazzled dinners by working moms anymore. Here are five in Portland that elevate the dog to art.
$8 at Olympia Provisions, 1632 NW Thurman St.
The smoked all-pork frankfurter is topped with just mustard, onion, house relish and (horrors to the purists!) ketchup. As with a European sandwich, the flavor wells up from the impossibly smoky, lightly charred meat itself.
$7 at Double Dragon
The toppings on the rich Kobe beef dog and toasted bun are maybe unimprovable, with a beautiful point-counterpoint of fat and acid from light aioli and kimchi, brightened by cucumber and the herbal lilt of cilantro.
$4 at Otto's Sausage Kitchen
This third-generation sausage shop makes beef-pork sausages in snappy sheep's casing, smoked in alder wood and nestled in a toasted Franz roll. They grill them outside, right in front of you, as God intended. Want fancy toppings? Top it yourself. There's a mustard bar.
$6 at Stammtisch, 401 NE 28th Ave.
No one ever gets Berlin's most wonderful street food right in America—no one except Stammtisch. It's pork-veal sausage, grilled and sliced, with a few extra-crispy french fries and a outrageously rich curry-Worcestershire ketchup, and it is perfect.
$6 at Dog Town
The Lamborghini is like a ride on Disney's It's a Small World boat, sped up till it's awesome—lamb sausage, naan bread, pepper sauce, arugula and pickled onions all served up in hot-dog form. It's a trip from America to Turkey to India and back in seven wonderful bites.