Meatless Mondays with Metro: Sumo Dog

Take a little more transit and eat a little less meat — two things you can do to reduce your environmental impact. In this installment of Meatless Mondays with Metro, we visit Sumo Dog for some Japanese-fusion hot dogs.

If you’re a fan of hotdogs but tired of the same old mustard + relish topping combo, head to Koreatown and visit Sumo Dog. The small storefront serves up some big taste — the buns are just a delicious vessel upon which the flavorful toppings ride. And best of all, more than half the menu can be made vegan or vegetarian upon request, and they offer soy milk soft serve for dessert.

So far I have tried two of their hotdogs: the Spicy Tofu Chili Dog, which wasn’t as spicy as I expected, and the signature Sumo Dog that comes with pickled peppers, wasabi relish, spicy mayo, teriyaki sauce, minced onion, furikake (dry Japanese seasoning) and kizami nori (shredded dried seaweed). While I like them both, I think the Sumo Dog leaves a more lasting impression. There are so many strong flavors going on that it takes time to work through it, so you get to savor it a little bit longer — and, quite frankly, you don’t even notice you’re eating a vegan hotdog (if that’s something that bugs you).

Two other hotdogs at Sumo Dog I’m definitely going back to try are the Romero and the Miso Katsu, which is deep fried. Mmmmm.

To get to Sumo Dog, take the Purple Line or Metro Rapid 720 to Wilshire/Western Station, then walk about 3 minutes north on Western Ave. You can also take DASH Hollywood/Wilshire or DASH Wilshire Center/Koreatown to Western/5th.

Have other recommendations for vegan/veggie restaurants? Let me know in the comments!

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