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Japa Dog

Corner of Burrard and Smithe
Vancouver, BC V6Z2K6
Neighbourhood: Gastown
  • Cuisine: Hot dogs, Japanese
  • Price: $ ($15 or less)
  • Reservations: Not accepted
  • Service: No table service, Takeout
  • Meals: Lunch, Dinner
  • Features: Cheap eats
  • Hours: Mon - Thu: 11AM - 9PM, Fri - Sat: 11AM - 10PM, Sun: 11AM - 9PM
  • This Japa Dog stand is located in front of Sutton Place Hotel. Japa Dog offers a creative and uniquely Japanese take on the classic hot dog. Sample the Terimayo which is smothered in Japanese mayo, nori, teriyaki sauce, and fried onions, the Oroshi is a bratwurst laden with special soy sauce, green onions, and daikon, Misomayo is turkey smokie laden with special miso sauce, Kaiware, and Japanese mayo and many more.

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It is a good hotdog, but
By curmudgeon of Downtown Vancouver (100 Reviews)
Submitted Wednesday, July 30, 2008 - 1:53pm [Dine in]

seriously, it's still a hotdog.

I ordered the misomayo, and waited for about 10 minutes for my order to be prepared. Ten minutes is nothing when you're at a sit down restaurant, but this is a street corner hot dog vendor. Ten minutes is a bit of a long wait. I won't penalize them for (what I consider) slow service since this was during the lunch rush, and it was busy.

No arguing that it's a good hot dog, and the specialty offerings are fairly unique.

As for ambiance, little reality check here.... it's a street corner hot dog stand. Not sure how you can give 3, 4 or 5 stars for that. Only if he offered private seating. ;)

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Joy for Japa
By kewpiebaby of Vancouver (200 Reviews)
Submitted Thursday, June 5, 2008 - 12:03am [Dine in]

Thinking that it wouldn't be open on a cloudy day like today, I was suprised to not only SMELL Japa Dog down the street, but SEE it for my very eyes!

The service is excellent - herds & herds of orders and the Japanese girl behind the cart manages to remember our orders and match it by face.

We ordered the Miso mayo and Oroshi Dog, which were very tasty and huge! I was quite satisfied with both the price and taste.
I was going to share my Miso Mayo dog with my hubby but it was so yummy I gobbled it down very quickly!

A great location for pre-movie goers. They don't need any advertising - everyone sitting on the mini cement benches provides the best "watch of mouth." Everyone walking by are wondering what is so special about this particular hot dog stand.

What makes Japa Dog special? The Japanese are renowned for giving food unique twists, yet at the same time retaining a kind of flavour like no other. The absolutely delish hot dogs at Japa? No exception.

Next time I'm going for the Terimayo, and the Miso Mayo and every single menu choice! =)

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Very good dog
By thecritic of Vancouver (376 Reviews)
Submitted Thursday, December 31, 2009 - 3:23pm [Dine in]

So after reading the reviews, I decided to try a hot dog from Japa Dog. Everytime I drive by there is usually a line up but I managed to arrive with no one there, although there was a couple people ordering right after me.

I decided to try the Terimayo. It was pretty tasty, a little bit messy but very good. Maybe a little too much sauce for my liking but it was an unique hot dog unlike anything I have had before with the fried onions, seaweed, teriyaki sauce and mayo combination. I would definitely eat there again if I am hungry and nearby but I will probably try something different on the menu to see what other interesting hot dog creations they have.

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Great dogs but hassled on the street
By azn_msfyt of Delta (194 Reviews)
Submitted Tuesday, March 17, 2009 - 11:09pm [Dine in]

Food: I had the pleasure of trying the misomayo and oroshi and they were both quite good. I liked the sprouts on the misomayo and the veggies on the oroshi was really quite refreshing. I would recommend getting these dogs over any other dogs downtown.

Service: The lady was quite nice even though it was busy. She remembered who ordered what and was as efficient as possible.

Value: Price is comparable to other dogs on the street and with extra toppings so pretty good in my opinion.

Ambiance: It's on the street so if it's raining or windy, it can be quite unpleasant. I was also hassled by a panhandling jerk while I was trying to eat my dog and who was really rude despite me giving some change. If you see a guy who starts with the line: "I have a question. I'm not from around here. I'm from Halifax", just tell him to leave you alone, walk away or hand out an a$$ whupping. Some poor older ladies were hassled right after me and I felt badly for them.

I would def return for the dogs but will definitely try to avoid sitting outside the stand to avoid the hassle.

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Great dogs!
By Bonka of Vancouver (464 Reviews)
Submitted Monday, November 10, 2008 - 3:05pm [Dine in]

OK so I finally made my way here for a Sunday late afternoon snack after hearing about it and walking by the stand for the last year. I had promised my girlfriend for a while now, and since we weren't certain when they would close for winter we brought a friend as well so we could all share the dogs.

We ordered the usuals everyone gets: the Terimayo, Misomayo and the Oroshi. They also had the limited time "Okonomi" dog that we ordered as well. It consisted of a Kurobuta sausage with Bonito Flakes on top. The wait wasn't long at all and the 2 fellows working the stand were incredibly friendly. They were nice enough to half all our dogs.

Very tasty! I had a hard time picking a favourite - they all tasted independently unique. Dogs were done well and could easily be devoured on spot without scalding your tongue. They have the regular dogs which are the same dogs minus the Japanese toppings. I normally don't like toasted buns but they were exactly how I liked it with the slightly crispy exterior and the soft, warm bun once you bite into it. My girlfriend liked the Terimayo so much she ended up ordering another one for herself.

I found prices to be excellent and on par with almost all other stands and considering there's nothing else out there like this it offers great value.

Highly recommend.

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Worth a visit...
By EatsFats of Vancouver (322 Reviews)
Submitted Sunday, November 11, 2007 - 10:49pm [Dine in]

First time we hit a hot-dog stand in Vancouver, but it was worth it. Had the dog with the shredded daikon which offset the greasy sausage perfectly.

Service was friendly, reasonably quick. Place was, well .... it's a hot - dog stand!
We quickly munched that one down and did not regret it. Could've had another if we weren't headed for more food already.

I wish other hot dog vendors would follow the lead and add interesting twists to their 'dogs. Probably the best hot dogs in the area.

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The only hotdog stand I frequent!
By foodfanatic of South Vancouver (286 Reviews)
Submitted Tuesday, November 6, 2007 - 3:08pm [Dine in]

Terimayo is by far my favourite one of the 3 Japa styles they have to offer. I have yet to try their regular dogs as I find myself always craving the Japa ones and have no room to eat more! I love getting the terimayo then squeezing some of their wasabi-mayo sauce to spice up my already juicy dog! The oroshi dog is the next best one. Very juicy as well, but it doesn't make me dream about eating it again! It's still tasty enough though. Misomayo turkey dog is the least favourite but still good for those who prefer the bird protein. I've only had it once out of curiosity though others (non-beef eaters I know) claim to love it.

It's conveniently located away from the Robson shopping crowd. It gets the pre and post threatre ppl as well as regular shoppers lining up here. I like how you're not stuck in heavy pedestrian traffic while waiting for your order.

The only regret I have is that I haven't tried them out sooner! I've only started buying from them this spring in spite of my curiosity having been around for as long as I've spotted them there as I tend to love most things Japanese & love food in general but was boycotting hotdogs for the longest time. I made an exception for these guys.

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Not your usual dog
By epicurious of Burnaby, BC (507 Reviews)
Submitted Tuesday, November 6, 2007 - 11:57am [Dine in]

After hearing so many rave reviews about the Japa Dog stand (esp. on tv), I was excited to buy my first one last month. I got the TeriMayo dog (hot dog w/ jap mayo, teriyaki sauce, sauteed onions, and seaweed) - what a wonderful combo! The dog was so delicious! It's amazing how they can turn such a simple casual food into such a fusion delight!
After that one, we just had to get another on the same night!
The people who run the stand are super friendly and kind.
If you haven't had your Japa yet - you should go.

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Unique
By hungryjo of Vancouver (175 Reviews)
Submitted Wednesday, September 9, 2009 - 8:46pm [Dine in]

This is something to try. I was one of the first people to try this place. I told everybody I knew about it.
The first time I tried it, it was almost orgasmic. But after that, it's not the same. Maybe because it's not new to my tongue anymore. They are good but only if you're really craving for a hotdog. It is quite salty. I normally order Terimayo which is topped w/ seafood flakes, seaweed, teriyaki sauce and mayo. I also tried their spicy hotdog but it wasn't spicy.
The service is good and the ladies there are polite.

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This is so good!
By cherrybomb143 of Surrey, bc (218 Reviews)
Submitted Thursday, February 28, 2008 - 12:57am [Dine in]

There is nothing that compares to enjoying a good hotdog amidst the crowd, breathing in the cold night air. I finally tracked down the Japadog vendor after failing 3 times (I guess I arrived too late each time) ... and OMG was it ever good.

My bf and I shared the Terimayo dog and another one (forgot the name) with radishes. I preferred the Terimayo more but the radish one had its charm as well. The vendor was friendlier than most hotdog vendors. This is my new hotdog stand of choice!

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A Different Dog!
By chasiubow of North Van (675 Reviews)
Submitted Saturday, November 10, 2007 - 4:58pm [Dine in]

I was meaning to try this place for quite a while. Finally, after finding Lombardo's mega-full, I scampered over to see what all the fuss was about. The head chef was not there but his underling was, and she was friendly and knowledgeable.

I had an Oroshi, which is a pork bratwurst with daikon, soy sauce and mayo. I noticed that the dogs are pre-cooked and are heated up on the grill prior to serving. They still have some BBQ flavour, but they are moister and less greasy than one would expect. I found my dog was a little bland so I spritzed on some wasabe mayo form the vast store of condiments on the cart. Perfect!

The dog was very different than the usual street puppy, and soon my tongue was dancing with delight. I gobbled it down and craved another, but decided to sample the rest of the menu another time. The ambience is the side of Burrard Street, and so was a little crowded, wet, and noisy, but I expect that in summer it is pleasant enough.

If you are tired of the usual smokie on a bun this place is for you.

Recommended.

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The Most Expensive Hotdog
By A Fatty of North Burnaby, BC (75 Reviews)
Submitted Sunday, April 25, 2010 - 10:04pm [Dine in]

I do have to admit, it was the best Hotdog I have ever eaten. The workers there are very proficient and made sure everyone who ordered their hotdog got it. I was amazed how many people are there during the peak lunch hour. It seemed as if everyone wanted one.

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Big Japadog Fan
By teddyandturtle of Vancouver - Kingsway (84 Reviews)
Submitted Sunday, January 3, 2010 - 4:54am [Dine in]

I love this place, it's pretty hard to walk by without getting something from there. It's even more nice that they have the tofu dog alternative compared to a lot of other hot dog stands. I'm a vegetarian, so this doesn't limit me to what I can have. Everytime I've gone to Japadog, especially the main location outside of the Sutton Place, the service is great. I always leave smiling cause the workers are always happy to serve you and are really cheerful. Even though the line ups are sometimes a bit long, I think it's totally worth waiting for. Really different from all the other hot dog stands in the downtown area.

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hot dogs and seaweed? really?
By kawaii of Vancouver (51 Reviews)
Submitted Tuesday, October 13, 2009 - 1:20am [Dine in]

Japa Dog....it's good if you like tons of mayo and nori flakes sprinkled on your hot dog, I did not like it. The tastes didn't blend well for me (hot dogs and seaweed??), but once again, I guess it comes down to personal preference. I might go back just to have a regular hot dog without any of the extras, the hot dog itself is excellent. They also have a variety, if I remember correctly, there's turkey, beef and possibly veggie. The people working there keep the line moving, and on a sunny day, it's nice to eat outside. It can get a little messy, but I guess that's part of the experience.

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yummy hot dogs
By alpha_dog of richmond (61 Reviews)
Submitted Saturday, December 6, 2008 - 1:04pm [Dine in]

this stand is packed with people in the summer.. always a line-up!
the dogs are great especially their trademark terimayo hot dogs, so tasty and filled with flavor; they bring something unique to the food scene and perhaps thats why they are successful.
the service here is pleasant, they main cook is so polite to his customers and always has a smile on his face.. i can say the same thing about his assistant too.
you are paying nearly $5 per dog which is a little expensive but you forget its that much when you are chowing down.
cant really say too much about ambiance, it is a stand located on the sidewalk and thats it.
if you havent already tried their hot dogs, its a must.. gotta do it at least once and if you have, i bet you will be back for more.

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Really tasty hotdogs
By mmmsteak of Richmond (74 Reviews)
Submitted Wednesday, June 25, 2008 - 12:32pm [Dine in]

Been to Japadog twice now. The first time I ordered the Oroshi with bratwurst. It was good, but the radish was a bit overpowering and too salty. Second time we tried the Terimayo (no seaweed for me, adds a weird fishy taste to the hotdog) with jalapeno cheddar smokie. That was delicious! The smokie has just the right amount of kick and the teriyaki sauce and mayo evened it out just right. That is one yummy hot dog! We will definitely be back many times.

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Hot Diggity
By diner40 of Vancouver (95 Reviews)
Submitted Tuesday, June 24, 2008 - 10:26pm [Dine in]

After reading all of the great reviews for Japa Dog I just had to try one before taking in an utterly terrible movie at Scotia Theatres on Burrard Sunday, don't see The Love Guru, by the way.
Anyway back to the Japa Dog. Yes, it is very tasty. Enjoyed the teriyaki dog my friend the miso dog. Both packed with hot doggy goodness. It's a hot dog with a Japanese twist like the dried seaweed on the teriyaki dog. Couldn't eat a bag of the stuff but a little sprinkled on my hot dog really created a different taste that I like. This little stand is a gold mine for $4.50 the three cheery Japanese girls running the operation were worked off their feet. I'll be back for another Japa Dog soon.

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Definitely worth trying.
By pickyjerk of kitsilano vancouver (67 Reviews)
Submitted Sunday, June 22, 2008 - 8:21pm [Dine in]

For those of us who love a good hot dog now and then, this place is worth walking the extra few blocks to try when you're in the downtown area.

I have tried the miso mayo, its pretty good.

It consists of miso sauce and mayo with radish sprouts on a simple turkey smokie.

Their teriaky sauce- mayo- nori strip hot dog is also popular.

Try it sometime for a change from the usual condiments. Its interesting and you're unlikely to be disappointed.

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Distinctive and Tasty Hot Dogs
By frugalgourmet of Vancouver (70 Reviews)
Submitted Sunday, August 9, 2009 - 4:04pm [Dine in]

I am pleased to report and review Japadog. The lineups were too long the last two times I went and I was denied - howver, I got lucky this time and only had 5 people ahead of me.

Did Japadog live up to all it accolades/hype?

YES! The Terimayo Beef Hotdog was served nice and hot with generous amounts of tasty Japanese condiments like Japanese mayo (rich, smooth and tangy), sauteed sweet onions, teriyaki sauce and seaweed shreds. I am already a fan of Japanese food, and I do enjoy hot dogs so it was a very satisfactory eat. It's a street vendor so I grabbed some napkins and a seat in front of the Sutton Place hotel and dined on my $4.75 "fusion" street food - yum!

Reccomended!

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Best Dog Stand by Far
By diningRL of East Vancouver (65 Reviews)
Submitted Tuesday, March 10, 2009 - 12:53pm [Dine in]

I'm not really sure what the previous poster is trying to convey, since anybody can make the same argument to fast food joints and hamburgers... I mean it doesn't take a Gordon Ramsey to make a decent hamburger. And, I'm pretty darn sure the reason people go to McD's/BK/Wendy's/etc. is for the "convenience" and "quick-stop" factors. But I digress...

The Japa Dog stand is definitely the best dog in town. I personally didn't pay 20$ for a dog as you would insinuate from the previous poster.. I paid $5.50 for one of the standard OriMayo-Seaweed dog and pop combo - I believe I have to pay about $5-6 for a tube-steak and pop combo at the typical stand. Compared to the market, I think it's worth paying since it's so much better than the typical Smokie/Tube-steak There are some of the more expensive dogs which can get up to 7-8 bucks just for the dog.

But of course, the make-it-yourself argument at home always tend to creep up... well, no one is stopping you from doing that, and it will probably come out to $2 for the combo home-made. But again, you ignore the very powerful convenience factor. Most people aren't willing to make their own hamburger/pizza/etc and are willing to fork out some of their hard earned money at an eatery that does the cooking for them.

Anyways, my bad for the bashing of the previous poster... must be PMS...

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