After our third trip to the counter, this time to sample the fries with garlic aioli, Henry Adaniya, owner of Hank’s Haute Dogs, laughingly asked, “You going to stay here all day?” You say that like it’s a bad thing. With food this great, one can’t help but go back for seconds, or, OK, thirds. The chorizo hot dog is a spicy treat, with grilled onion and cilantro; the foie gras dog offers duck with dried-fruit compote; there’s even a “No Dog” vegetarian version that’s as cheesy, creamy and vegetable rich as it can possibly be, sans meat.
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The onion rings are coated in panko batter before being puffily fried. And Hank’s is now doing BYOB cocktail offerings—order, say, a ginger soda or margarita-type juice, and you can add your own hooch. There is also an Haute Night on Friday from 5 to 9 p.m.; bring your own wine and nibble on truffled mac ’n’ cheese or Italian beef sandwiches. For dessert? Another hot dog, of course.
Hank's Haute Dogs has opened a second location in Waikiki. The new stand is at 2330 Kalakaua Avenue in the International Market Place and is open daily from 11 a.m. to 9:30 p.m.