The folks over at Libertine are hosting their first pop-up, and it could potentially be the king of all Twin Cities pop-ups. On October 24 and 25, the cheekily dubbed "Hiroshima Hot Dogs" will bring guests a selection of hot dogs dressed to the hilt in the tastiest Japanese adornments and named after classic Godzilla monsters.
The event itself will run from 9 p.m. to midnight on both Friday and Saturday night, giving guests plenty of time to sample these unique hot dogs alongside several beer and sake options. Guests of the Friday night event will also be treated to a fierce hot dog eating contest, which will pit five of the Twin Cities' best known chefs against each other in a hot dog battle of epic proportions.
"This is an idea I've had for a while," says chef Tim McKee, the man behind Libertine. "I know of some other places that have done some similar events, using hot dogs with Japanese toppings, but we're making our own hot dogs, which is great. They're 100 percent beef hot dogs. They're traditionally seasoned, so the Japanese flavor comes in with the toppings. The buns are nikoman buns, so they're like the steam buns we used to do over at Masu, and just for fun I decided to name the hot dogs after all of the classic Godzilla monsters."
Libertine recently posted the event menu, which includes some serious doozies. The Godzilla is a bacon-wrapped dog topped with sesame seaweed, teriyaki, and black sesame seeds, while the Hedora comes topped with kim chee, scallions, crispy onions, and mustard. Personally, we're looking forward to the Destroyah, which comes with spicy braised beef short rib, miso-wasabi mayo, habanero pickled onions, and habanero masago, but the Gigan, topped with spicy ja ja men chili, shredded cheese, and jalapeno peppers, also sounds fairly epic.
While the dogs are the highlight of the menu, the pop-up will also have some other sides available, such as sweet potato fries and tempura green beans. They've also got what they're calling okonomiyaki sweet potato fries, which come topped with pork belly, shredded cabbage, pickled ginger, bonito flakes, and kewpie mayo, thereby turning the classic Japanese dish, okonomiyaki, into a sort of Japanese poutine.
In addition to the King of All Monsters-themed menu, the local celebrity chef hot dog eating contest is certain to be a battle worthy of legend. Contestants include Travail's Mike Brown, Jack Reibel (formally of Butcher & the Boar and the soon to come Lexington), Landon Schoenefeld from Haute Dish, Will Selin of Masu, and Mike "YC" DeCamp of La Belle Vie. The event will be emceed by MSP Mag's senior food editor, Stephanie March.
For more information, visit Libertine's Facebook event page.
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