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40: House Hot Dog at Kyatchi

Suggesting that you order a hot dog at a sushi restaurant is a questionable move, we know. Maybe as questionable as putting a hot dog on the menu at a sushi restaurant.

But the house hot dog at Kyatchi is a unique experience, made all the more unique by the fact that it's offered -- and best enjoyed -- in this setting.

See also: Happy Hour at Kyatchi: Japanese Small Plates and $5 Sake

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To explain the restaurant's baseball theme and its decision to serve a small selection of Peterson Limousin Farms hot dogs, it helps to know that Kyatchi's talented sushi chef, Hide Tozawa, once worked as the personal chef of Tsuyoshi Nishioka, a former second baseman for the Twins.

His House Dog starts with that snappy artisan sausage, already delicious on its own but greatly improved by the odd-sounding combo of diced raw carrots, cucumbers, onions, and tomatoes.

Of course a hot dog isn't a hot dog without condiments, and the House Dog's chosen topper is the element that makes this dish so distinctly tasty. A generous squeeze of Kewpie mayo -- the tart, creamy, umami-tinged spread with the creepy baby on the bottle -- seals the deal. For a perfect East-meets-West match up, get the House Dog with an order of funky fermented nukazuke, a melange of crisp veggies pickled in rice bran. It's about 11 steps up from a boiled frank with relish. Trust.

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