Move Over Tofu Dog, This Is Fritzi Dog

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Fritzi Dog in Los Angeles has done the impossible...and they've done it three ways:

1. They've managed to get local Angelenos to set foot in the Third Street Farmer's Market—nudging past tourists at The Grove.

2. They've created a meatless hotdog without soy so that vegetarians like me can walk away without any problems. Trust me, soy hates my guts.

3. They've created a veggie dog that meat eaters can enjoy for the pure artistry and complex flavor...without comparing it to "the real thing".

Behold, the carrot dog!

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Fritzi Carrot Dog served "Fritzi'd Out" style - Fritzi (cheese) sauce and grilled onions

According to their website, the "carrot dog starts out as a whole, organic carrot that is whittled down into a hot-dog shape and cooked sous-vide for 18 hours in a blend of 26 spices. The end result is a hot dog-like consistency with a taste unlike anything you’ve tried."

Word.

Rarely do you see a carnivore joint putting so much thought into their vegetarian offerings. Yet the carrot dog is a masterpiece of take away food. I never want a tofu dog again. And I live with someone who doesn't want me to ever have one again.

It's incredible that after 18 hours sous-vide, the carrot still has texture. And I can't even begin to describe the flavor. It's not spicy, but it tastes like spices. It's worldly. Cultured. Intelligent. Yet it's just a fucking hotdog! Mind. Blown.

Okay, I'm done. I'll let the pictures say the rest...

Fritzi'd Out (right) and Fully Loaded Carrot (left), topped with crispy fried Brussels sprouts and parsley gremolata. 

Although it's one whole carrot, it kind of does look like a meat hotdog...but without the pink slime.

Cauliflower 'Popcorn' served with curry sauce.

Fritzi Dog has a separate vegetarian menu and it has vegan options.