Best dishes countdown #83: Banh Mi Joy Dog at Prairie Dogs

Yes, there is a hot dog hidden under all those tasty toppings.

Yes, there is a hot dog hidden under all those tasty toppings.

As a countdown to the Best of the Twin Cities 2016, coming April 20, we're serving up 100 of our favorite local dishes. Here are the best dishes, drinks, snacks, and sweet treats we encountered over the last year.

If hot dogs are one of your guilty pleasures, the Banh Mi Joy Dog will take your guilt up a notch or two, but that’s a small price to pay for this East meets Midwest indulgence. At the Uptown temple of tubular meat you will find all manner of homemade sausages and creatively dressed hot dogs. The wait staff will recommend the sausages made in-house, and they are lovely. But save that for your next visit, and opt for the Banh Mi Joy Dog.

The hot dog itself is plump, juicy perfection, an all beef version with a natural casing that produces a pleasing snap when you bite into it. It’s nestled into an airy but substantial bun that is tasked with containing a list of ingredients that includes not one, but two more meat products. The bun is slathered with chicken liver pate and then piled high with char siu pork, pickled carrot and daikon, jalapeno, shoyu mayo, and a few sprigs of cilantro for good measure. There must be a week’s worth of saturated fat held together in that bun, but what a way to go.

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99: Pappadams from the Curry Diva

98: The Kingfield at Five Watt

97: Raspberry Cream Scone at Sun Street Breads

96: Bacon and Bourbon from 6Smith

95: Biscuits and Gravy at Ward 6

94: Burgers from Peppers and Fries

93: The Everything Bagel from Rise Bagel Co.

92: Bent River Camembert from Alemar Cheese

91: Two large pizzas and a pitcher of beer, Original Red's Savoy

<!——————————————————EndFragment——————————————————>90: Boiled Peanut Hummus at 4 Bells

89: Chaksuka from Shish

88: Fried Green Tomato BLT from Butcher and the Boar

87: Charcuterie Board at Surly Beer Hall & Restaurant

86: Quiche from Le Town Talk

85: Aloo Tama from The Himalayan

84: Caramelized Cauliflower at Libertine