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Haute Dog, Summer in the City.

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Today is National Hot Dog Day. What better way to celebrate it than to offer an exorbitantly-priced, unnecessarily-elaborate hot dog?

In an impressive display of unbridled culinary hubris, Serendipity 3 on the Upper East Side of Manhattan is now offering the “Haute Dog”: an attempt at the most delicious—and most expensive—hot dog ever.

This luxe frankfurter will be grilled in white truffle oil and placed in pretzel bread bun amidst medallions of foie gras, caramelized Vidalia onions, heirloom tomato ketchup and Dijon mustard.

It will be considerably more decadent than your average cylindrical meat product. The price for such extravagance? 69 dollars. American.

Apparently this latest foray in gastro-audacity (see also: the World’s Most Expensive Sundae) is an attempt to draw the business of some of its more famous patrons. “Cher is a regular who always gets the regular foot-long,” said Joe Calderone, publicist for Serendipity 3. “Now we will offer her the most expensive one.” (Note: Though this is unconfirmed, this may in fact be the first time in history that a hot dog has had a media consultant.)

So Cher will have her new favorite hot dog, and the rest of us will be stuck with plebian eats. Eh. I’ll stick with the Chihuahua dog at Crif Dogs, anyway. It contains all three necessary qualities of the ultimate hot dog: 1) Hyper-caloric, 2) eminently affordable, and 3) wrapped in bacon.

Because everybody loves bacon. Especially Canadians.

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