Berekeley Dog is a Bay Area institution; known there as Top Dog, it is as much a part of UC Berkeley's identity as not being able to afford to eat at Chez Panisse. Each sausage is stellar: thick, juicy, with strong snaps and enough heft to fill you but not make you feel guilty. It's best to stick with the classics—a hearty bratwurst, a Louisiana link with the right amount of spice, a smoked chicken apple that’s actually enjoyable. And regardless of tube steak, they each settle inside what’s perhaps the sturdiest hot dog bun in the county, a sesame-seeded beauty that could probably survive a dunk in a bathtub and still not disintegrate under the weight of its holdings.
Even as the Great Recession decimated the restaurant industry these past couple of years, one surprising sector experienced rapid growth here: regional chains. Most of the media and blogger attention went to Five Guys Burgers, an East Coast chain... More »
The Chowhounds have been discussing a new hot dog joint called Berkeley Dog which officially opens this Saturday, May 1st, in Mission Viejo. The new eatery, though not officially affliated with a... More »
Founded on the idea of cloning the famous Top Dog in Berkeley with the blessing of that hot-dog godhead and permission to buy from the same purveyors, these kings of NorCal hot dogs have opened three locations in our county in less than two years. So we must either have a lot of UC Berkeley alums who long for the dogs of their alma mater, or maybe the rolls and sausages from the East Bay really do create the ideal balance of bread, meat and toppings. It all starts with a sesame-seeded,... More »
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