VANCOUVER – Vancouver, known for its bustling street food scene, will also soon be known as home to the “most expensive hot dog in the world” – a $100 cognac-infused sausage topped with oil-seared Kobe beef, lobster meat and a picante sauce.
“When you come up with a $100 hot dog, you’ve got to have a good idea,” said DougieDog owner Dougie Luv of the Dragon Dog.
The foot-long bratwurst is infused with 100-year-old Louis XIII cognac – which has a $2,000 price tag of its own – and must be ordered 12 hours in advance so fresh ingredients can be prepped.
The current titleholder for the Guinness World Record for most expensive hot dog is New York City restaurant Serendipity 3, which introduced a $69 hot dog to its menu in July 2010.
Luv’s creative concoction is named for the Year of the Dragon and for CBC’s Dragon’s Den, on which the Vancouver-based restaurateur will make an appearance Wednesday evening.
While the hot-dog lover couldn’t reveal details of the episode, he said he planned to hold a viewing party at his diner for friends and family.
“People love my hot dogs … and that’s all that matters,” Luv said of show, adding he wasn’t nervous about facing the so-called dragons notorious for cutting down entrepreneurs on national television.
“Before this, I spent years and years as a comedian and I know about cutting people up and I wasn’t that scared. I think they were more scared of me than I was of them,” he joked.
While Luv has yet to sell a Dragon Dog, he’s already got big plans for the near future, revealing DougieDog will soon have a diner truck on the streets of Vancouver.