Written by Gerry Pugliese
Usually when you go to the ballpark it's the lousy, water-downed beer that's overpriced, not the hot dog. But you don't drink a beer with this hot dog and you won't find it at a ball game. Serendipity 3 in New York City, the same restaurant that proffered up the $1,000 ice-cream sundae, now serves up a $69 hot dog, or “haute dog.”
So what makes a hot dog worth $69? You be the judge: Serendipity 3 grills the all-beef foot-long sausage in white truffle oil, places it on a pretzel roll toasted with white truffle butter, and tops the haute dog with duck foie gras, black truffles, caramelized Vidalia onions, Dijon mustard and heirloom tomato ketchup.
And because of all that mucky-muck stuff, Guinness World Records has certified the haute dog as the most expensive of its kind in the world.
I wouldn't eat it - mostly because it far exceeds my price range - and a $69 hot dog is just a tad too pretentious for me regardless. But hey, if it helps Serendipity 3 make a buck, why not?!
Crazy restaurant food is a growing trend, just walk into Carl's Jr. and order a “Footlong Cheeseburger,” or stop by Friendly's for a "Grilled Cheese Burger Melt," which is a hamburger jammed in between two grilled cheese sandwiches.
But back to hot dogs, my advice, just stay away from them altogether. Most hot dogs are loaded with salt and nasty preservatives - so, um, pass!
Image credit: Serendipity 3