Hot Dog-onomics: Breaking Down Premium Dawgs, Inch by Inch


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Hot dogs. The mysteriously delicious tube of meat that compliments a day at the ballpark or a summer BBQ with the fam. In New York alone, this all-American food runs the gamut from the ubiquitous one-dollar dawg, available on nearly every Manhattan street corner, all the way up to Serendipity 3’s $69 “Haute Dog.” So, what makes this chief-among-wieners so positively Trump-ish?

Start with a foot-long all-beef frankfurter grilled to perfection in white truffle oil, and serve it in a salted-pretzel bun imported from Germany, which is itself slathered in white truffle butter. The decadent delicacy is topped off with duck fois gras with black truffles, caramelized Vidalia onions, heirloom tomato ketchup, and Dijon mustard mixed with more black truffles.

Word to the wise: order at least 24 hours in advance, or you won't be able to experience this truffled delight.

Let’s run some math: at a foot long, the Haute Dog averages out at $5.75 an inch. Compare that to Nathan’s Famous in Coney Island, Brooklyn, home of the world-famous annual Hot Dog Eating Contest and the $2.49 all-beef dog. That's a cost of 2.3 Nathan’s Famous dogs per one inch of Haute.

And, that’s nothing yet.

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Back in 2010, the “Haute Dog” was the most expensive wiener in the world. But recession be damned, the decadent dog ante has been raised. Numerous times. We sifted through HuffPo's list of most expensive hot dogs and crunched some numbers on outrageously lavish dawgs.

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