The plane trip to America was hell. I was sick as a dog, I hadn't been able to sleep the night before, and I was all by myself on the plane for the first time. I was seated next to a bunch of rowdy guys on their first holiday away from their parents, which is never pleasant, and all the movies were crap (but the food was surprisingly good!). When I reached the shores of California, I was tired and worn out. THEN I had to catch a shuttle bus to Irvine, which took 2 hours because of all the traffic.
By the time I met Stephen at the University Campus, I was hungry, partially deaf because of the pressure from the landing, and ropable. I was ready to conquer something, to devour something. Enter Berkeley Dog.
Berkeley Dog is not your average hot dog store. This branch rests at the University Center at Irvine, and is a popular hangout for young adults. The food you get here is actually similar to a regular sausage sizzle at home, except for the gourmet range of sausages they have. You choose your sausage (which is cooked in front of you), add onion, cheese, or bell peppers, then choose sauce, mustard and sauerkraut from the self-service bar.
Stephen was boring and ordered the German Frankfurter. Don't get me wrong, it was a good sausage: the skin of it burst open when bitten, releasing juicy pork and beef that was fragrant with garlic; grilled onions gave it some sweetness, and tomato sauce and dijon mustard completed the package. However, I was here for one thing:
This dog was actually more pleasant than I thought it would be. Like Stephen's, it was juicy and gorgeous, but the texture was firmer, and the flavour? Very gamey. It sort of tasted like a cross between chicken and rabbit, and was delicately spiced, just enough to enhance the flavour. An elegant specimen, I must say.
The onion rings were an afterthought, but they were definitely worth it. Covered in a solid beer batter, they gave a satisfying crunch when bitten in to.
My need to conquer sated for one day, I returned home to sleep off the jetlag. Stay tuned for more whacky American adventures! [Sorry - too much American TV]
4249 Campus Drive
Phone: (949) 387-2111