Hot dog stands are usually a dime-a-dozen – unless you’re in downtown Vancouver, that is. The city is home to Japadog, a small chain of hot dog stands with a unique Japanese twist. (Thanks to Amelia for spotting this one on her travels).
Japadog was launched by a Tokyo couple who dreamed of opening a sidewalk crêpe stand, only to be foiled by civic bylaws limiting Vancouver street vendors to soft drinks and hot dogs. To set themselves apart from the city’s 100-plus sausage sellers, they developed a menu of Japanese-style hot dogs garnished with grated daikon, soy sauce, seaweed and bonito flakes.
Japadog’s mission is ‘to make the world happy and alive through hot dogs.’ Today, Japadog has grown to several carts around Vancouver and a new store location in downtown New York City.