The other day I was feeling like a quick walk-and-eat type of meal (which is pretty random, for me), so I went with a girlfriend to the Japadog Food Cart on Burrard and Smithe. It’s been awhile since I’d last eaten there, and since it wasn’t quite noon yet, I didn’t think we’d have to face one of their usually long lunch rush line ups. Luckily, I was right.
We took a look at the menu, and in the end both decided to order the same thing. There were quite a few choices that I was in the mood for, but ended up changing my mind quite a few times, and also just nixing the idea of any of the hots dogs that had bratwurst in them (not a huge fan).
After putting in our orders and paying, we wandered around the cart, holding our numbers and looking at all the signage. This has changed quite a bit since the last time I was there, when there was still only a single Japadog location (now, there are two more carts and one sit-down restaurant throughout downtown Vancouver). One thing that I noticed was a sign that mentions all of the celebrities that have been to the stand before, including Anthony Bourdain (which helped make the line ups three hours long during the Olympics, rumour has it!), Steven Segal, and several others. This place is now extremely hyped, and known throughout the world (which can at times lead to too high expectations).
Once our dogs came, I also noticed that it was sliced up into pieces (which hadn’t been the case before), and I can only assume that it helps the meat cook faster. My Kurobuta Terimayo smelled quite good and I was anxious to bite down on it and taste the mayo, slivers of onion, and nori (seaweed) flakes. Kurobuta is the king of pork, and was definitely the way to go this time around. Although I’m not one to crave hot dogs, it’s nice to have a unique experience eating these ones, with their assortment of Japanese toppings.
I only wish they were open at 3 AM, for those nights out when you just need a good late night hot dog.
Atmosphere: N/A, unless you count the street atmosphere 🙂