12 noon. Downtown lunch break.
A) Katsu with Gravy (w/ rice and mac)
B) Teri Beef Moco (w/ rice and mac)
C) Mahi-Chicken Combo (w/ rice and mac)
D) All of the above (w/ rice and mac)
E) None of the above
Circle the last option and try a new spin on local-style lunch at Hank’s Haute Dogs on Coral Street in Kaka‘ako. The gourmet hot dog café is introducing a new Spam dog April 1.
Owner Henry Adaniya – who’s back in the islands after heading up Chicago’s five-star restaurant Trio for more than a decade – has cooked up a fun twist on the Hawai‘i staple. It stays faithful to Spam’s savory flavor, but isn’t as overwhelmingly salty thanks to the addition of ground pork. Made fresh daily right in Hank’s kitchen, the Spam dog is served up in a mild, locally made, sweet-bread-type bun and piled high with spicy kim chee and a special secret sauce.
Adaniya worked three months to develop the Spam dog, which joins the other local-style link, the Portuguese Sausage dog, on his menu. And if you aren’t a Spam fan, there’s always the traditional Chicago-style dog or one of the other specialty hot dogs like andouille, fois gras or lobster.
It doesn’t matter which you chose though. They’re all, frankly, delicious.
Hank’s Haute Dogs, 324 Coral Street , Honolulu , 808.532.4265, www.hankshautedogs.com