Kirkland Dog (and "Top Hot Dog" series) at The Kirkland Tap & Trotter
Chef Tony Maws turned Craigie on Main's "Craigie Burger" into an off-menu legend that surveyors have ranked as Boston's best. So when he opened Kirkland, it was inevitable he'd do the same with a hot dog. Offered in limited "first come, first served" numbers, it's a delish dog of pork shoulder and grass-fed beef chuck, served on a pretzel bun and Maws-made mustard and relish. And this summer Maws gave us a new reason to try it: his "Top Hot Dog" series which will see different chefs stepping into the Kirkland kitchen to create a unique combination of toppings and condiments. Four dates and chefs have been set for the series; each chef will be present on one night, with their hot dog creations will continue to be available each Monday until the next chef’s appearance. Last week things kicked off with Ken Oringer (Clio, Toro) and his "Japanese Ball Park Street Dog," topped with kabayaki sauce, ramp kimchi, Kewpie mayo, bonito, sliced scallions and nori chiffonade; you can still find it on Monday, June 15 and 22. After that comes Matt Jennings of Townsman on June 29; Karen Akunowicz of Myers + Chang on August 3; Jody Adams of Rialto and Trade on August 31. Bonus: diners will receive a punch card, and those who eat all four dogs will be entered in a contest to create their own, which will be featured as the menu's October pick.
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