Well another weekend is upon us here in Winnipeg. This particular afternoon found myself and my significant other in search of something new and exciting. Well we found that today in spades.
Winnipeg hospitality group WOW! has opened a new style hot dog joint in Winnipeg’s Little Italy. Dingo’s Wild and Crazy Dogs marks a departure for the group from fine upscale dining to upscale street food. The concept diner features a dozen specialty quarter pound hot dogs on the menu, any of which could have lept directly from Anthony Bourdain: No Reservations and onto my tray.
The menu includes such mind-bending entries as The Samurai topped with wasabi, sesame mayo, and daikon radish. Somewhat reminded me of JapaDog featured on the Vancouver episode of No Reservations. Failing that perhaps you might like a Nacho Libre a monstrosity flooded with hot pickled peppers, salsa, sour cream, shredded cheddar cheese and sprinkled with crushed taco chips.
Today we opted for the Nacho Libre and Canadian, a basic bacon chili cheese dog, and fries. Coupled with two soda to wash it all down and my tab came close to $30.00. Now believe me that is a great deal to spend on two hot dogs and fries in this town but when we were presented with a literal mountain of food I could see why it was pricey.
All in all the experience was worth the effort, but be warned you have to be in the mood to eat a serious amount of food. Having just been placed on a Doctor ordered low salt diet myself I was lucky he never walked in and smacked me on the back of the head and dragged me out by the ear.
So if your feeling like having an Anthony Bourdain like experience without having to hop a plane to Hawaii to grab a Puka Dog then get your stomach over to Corydon Ave to Dingo’s and order yourself up a seriously crazy hot dog and fries.
Authors Note: As I write this the No Reservations gang are in L.A. at The Emmy Awards. Being nominated in the Outstanding Writing for Non-Fiction Category, I would like to wish Tony and Crew the best of luck at the awards. Congratulations are in order for a job very well done.