Dish: Summer hot dog specials

Tuesday, August 10, 2010; 2:15 PM

DOG DAYS: Looks like the hot dog has arrived as the next haute comfort food.

-- Bourbon Steak is offering an off-the-menu hot dog-and-beer special this month. By requesting the Dog Days Dog, diners can get a pint of beer and a Red Apron charcuterie hot dog for $7. The dog is a blend of beef and pork, roasted garlic, smoked Spanish paprika and coriander and is dressed with a special house-made mustard.

-- On Capitol Hill, the people behind Matchbox and Ted's Bulletin plan to open DC-3, a 20-seat celebration of the hot dog. The restaurant will feature creations inspired by American cities, such as a Cincinnati chili dog and a bacon-wrapped New Jersey dog.

-- At Mount Vernon Square, chic cocktail bar the Passenger already offers a mildly spicy all-beef kimchi dog for $8. Its nacho cheese-pickled cabbage topping isn't for everyone, but it is worth a try if you're looking for something to eat with your $30 pitcher of Pimm's Cup.

-- And at the U Street Music Hall, a great stable of house DJs and some big-name visitors draw crowds, but savvy regulars know that the hot dog selections deserve top billing. There's bratwurst cooked in National Bohemian beer or stuffed with Swiss cheese and raspberry preserves, and a beef hot dog stuffed with a daily selection of three cheeses.

The star of the menu is the $5 pho dog. A kosher beef or tofu frank spends time in a pho broth and then is garnished with cilantro, Thai basil, hoisin and sriracha sauces and a banh mi-style slaw.

It's a tasty bite that packs a real kick.

-- Justin Rude

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