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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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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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Too easy to recreate at home
By lovingfood of Kerrisdale (90 Reviews)
Submitted Saturday, February 14, 2009 - 5:02am [Dine in]

Don't get me wrong. It doesn't taste bad at all. It's good. It's just too easy to recreate at home so I don't really rave about it.

First of all, it is just a hot dog. You all know how to heat a hot dog at home, you choose the way you like. Second, if you eat a lot of Japanese food made by Japanese in the past, you all know what it should taste like and what goes in there, you know what typical condiments Japanese use and you find the exact sauces (Japanese brands) in the Asian supermarket. You will find the seaweed topping too. Now you see how easy to do it at home. That's why I don't see the point to go back again.

Price is a a bit high for just a hot dog. But again all the hot dog stands in Vancouver downtown charge that price. Yes, it's expensive for a hot dog on the street but it's not more expensive than other hot dog stands. In LA, hot dog on the street is never more than 3 bucks because it's a street vendor. It could be the high tax environment in Canada or aiming tourists in downtown. They always price higher in tourist spots.

Very friendly service. What a breeze of fresh air! It's a hot dog stand on a busy street, ambiance doesn't really count.

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Top dog!!
By Italian-guy of Downtown&Burnaby (60 Reviews)
Submitted Tuesday, May 6, 2008 - 9:52pm [Dine in]

I've finally had my first Japa-dog, I usually don't go much for street dogs simply because the taste never lives up to the aroma! This place has a different twist with Japanese type sausages and toppings. The prices are slightly higher than your usual cart dogs but then again the meat is of a bit higher quality. i had the Oshinoko (sp?) dog which was basically a pork sausage with shredded diakon, teriyaki sauce green onions and wasabi mayo (which I warn you is HIGHLY addictive!) As the weather gets better this would be a great place to chow down outdoors with a buddy, sipping a coke and watching the street traffic in front of the Sutton. I look forward to it!
Oh yeah, service, polite and efficient with a Japanese twist, just like their dogs!

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Yummy Hot Dog, Grab and Go!
By JooJoo of East Vancouver (82 Reviews)
Submitted Saturday, May 3, 2008 - 2:02pm [Dine in]

I love Japa Dog`s hot dogs! They`re so creative with the choices, my favorite one is the wasabi mayo with teriyaki sauce, onions and seaweed!! When I first found out about Japa Dog I was there almost every day! This hot dog stand on Burrard St, across from the Scotiabank Theater and IGA is a must try!

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Ohmy~ Best Hot Dogs in Vancouver
By reuben of richmond, bc (37 Reviews)
Submitted Monday, November 5, 2007 - 5:50pm [Dine in]

Today I finally travelled to downtown Vancouver to try Japa dog. Yes. It was worth the trip. Being not a hotdog fan, I was a little hesitate about eating a dog. I expected I wouldn't be impressed. After all, I thought, weiner with seaweed, wasabi mayo, teriyaki sauce...didn't seem that appetizing...
Boy. was I wrong. Definitely worth the trip, and the price.
I bought 2 more for the road home.

Friendly service as well.

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Not your ordinary hot dog
By tasteofvancouver of Vancouver (28 Reviews)
Submitted Sunday, September 6, 2009 - 1:03pm [Dine in]

I like to go here every once in a while when I'm at work downtown. I'll usually go slightly after the lunch rush since line-ups can get really long. The service is friendly and efficient. But it is a hot dog stand and there isn't anywhere to sit down and eat except along the sidewalk. Best to go on sunny days.

So far I've had the terimayo dog, turkey terimayo, and the okonomi. All of them were delicious. I like the terimayo topped with wasabi mayo. The cost isn't anymore than you'd pay for smokies at any of the other hot dog stands around town.

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Oishii!
By Sidneylee of Burnaby (25 Reviews)
Submitted Thursday, January 22, 2009 - 6:00pm [Dine in]

Went there once after watching the andrew.B show about Vancouver. Tried the terimayo and the misomayo! They were both really really good!! Love the dressing, and if you like wasabi, you should definitely have some on your hotdog as well. They also have a kurobuta (black pork) hotdog, I havent tried it yet and am very interested to do so. I would pay for parking and just to eat their hotdogs again.

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Succulent Oroshi
By poorstudent of Vancouver (23 Reviews)
Submitted Saturday, December 6, 2008 - 1:20pm [Dine in]

I've been to the Japa Dog Stand twice, the first time I had a terimayo, which was a solid dog. But the second time, I was definately impressed with a succulent Oroshi dog. Must stop by if you want a relatively cheap on the go bite to eat between shopping/before a movie. The Japanese people running the stand are really nice too. Another plus: plenty of condiments for saucy people (you should try some japanese mayonnaise if you're never tried it).

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Two Days in a Row
By Rapunzel of Gabriola Island (25 Reviews)
Submitted Thursday, November 27, 2008 - 9:18pm [Dine in]

I guess I should have waited until today to submit my review. I went for lunch to Japa Dog yesterday and this time tried the misomayo. I liked it even more than the terimayo. Unfortunately, I am returning home tomorrow but definitely will return to try another version if/when I get the chance.

All types of people line up to get one of these dogs. You should, too.

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First Impression always counts
By gap87 of Vancouver (14 Reviews)
Submitted Monday, June 29, 2009 - 2:34am [Dine in]

After all the reviews i've seen on the internet and on tv shows , it is only right to pay a visit to this tiny hotdog venue. I must say, it did not dissapoint me at all. I ordered the popular teri-mayo hotdog and it was fantastic. The carmelized onions, the special mayo, and the nori sprinkes, yummy! I used to dislike eating sausages but this teri-mayo is just so good. The price is not bad too.

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my favorite dogs
By utonium of Surrey (8 Reviews)
Submitted Monday, August 1, 2011 - 11:59pm [Dine in]

Before heading out to go bike-riding, my friend and I were starving and needed lunch fast, so we decided on Japa Dog. It was great! Service is very friendly. It's a very small space, and seating can be cramped, but there was a free table for two where we sat down. Next to us was a counter where you could add spices or other ingredients (onions, radish, tomatoes, etc.) to your Japa dog. We had the Beef Terimayo, Okonomi, and butter-flavoured fries. Honestly, I could do without the fries - they were definitely not making my taste buds happy. It's probably just me, maybe the other flavours are good. The Terimayo I had was amazing! I had the Oroshi before, but this one is now my favorite. I'll be back to try more :D

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best hotdog ever!
By lokie of East Van (7 Reviews)
Submitted Monday, March 28, 2011 - 4:48pm [Take-out]

I've passed by here many times and never tried anything. But on the weekend I was feeling adventurous and tired the Veggie terimayo dog. It blew me away. So different and interesting. Definitely better than your typical "costco" or regular street vendor dog. The flavours were fabulous and devoured it! I will absolutely come back and I might try another type....but I think it might be the terimayo again because it was so good!

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Nothing Special
By yummm of Surrey (36 Reviews)
Submitted Thursday, September 10, 2009 - 1:10am [Dine in]

Everyone's been talking about this Japa Dog booth on Burrard so we decided to check it out two weeks ago. There was a line up so the booth was easy to locate. We found the atmosphere quite nice as everyone was cheerful and they all seemed happy to be in line for a hot dog. People were eating near the booth and it was quite a scene. The hot dog we had was nothing out of the ordinary, except there was lots of mayo and seaweed. I personally think it's the popularity that's attracting people to this place, not the food. The hot dog was $7 and again, aside from the mayo and seaweed, I didn't find it very special at all.
Now that the curiosity is gone, I don't see a reason to visit this place again any time soon.

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Oh soooo good!
By dal of van (35 Reviews)
Submitted Thursday, August 13, 2009 - 5:37pm [Dine in]

Holy crap - these dogs are dee-licious..... I was a little skeptical, but after trying one I am a die-hard fan. The teri-mayo is a beef dog, sliced on the side so when its grilled it gets crispy..., and the bun is fluffy and toasted.. the best part is the taste of the weiner fresh off the grilled, topped with onions, seaweed flakes and japanese mayo... so juicy... and filling too, well worth $4.75..

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novel and interesting
By discerning_palate of vancouver (36 Reviews)
Submitted Sunday, May 3, 2009 - 11:17am [Dine in]

With all the positive comments I was looking forward to trying these hotdogs. But I also had to be conscious of the fact, how good can a hot dog be? So with those things in mind I found that it was quite good. I had the Bratwurst Terimayo. It offered more of a Japanese food flavour than I expected making it distinctly different from regular hot dogs. Someone who had the Korokke said it was yummy. If I ask for the Terimayo again I’ll ask to go light on the teriyaki sauce. I’ll go back but I don’t think I’ll have cravings in the near or immediate future. Also the almost hour long line up is a bit of a deterrence from going again soon. If I want a regular hot dog or smokie I’ll go to the stand at the kitty corner since they are nice folks too.

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Best Hotdogs in Vancouver
By bighotdog of surrey (7 Reviews)
Submitted Monday, October 27, 2008 - 11:47pm [Dine in]

Let me just say that I have tried the Miso mayo, Oroshi, and my favourite, Terimayo.

Greeted by the very friendly Japadog staff, I placed my order and within 5 minutes I had the most delicious hotdog in all of Vancouver in my hands.

The hot dog is juicy inside yet the skin is crisp and crunchy on the outside. The terimayo is the most popular among me and my friends. Everyone that I introduced Japadogs too, loved it.

You can't go wrong sitting on the steps infront of the cart on a nice sunny day.

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Great hotdogs - Japanese style!
By smartcookie of Vancouver (2 Reviews)
Submitted Monday, October 20, 2008 - 12:06am [Dine in]

After seeing many lineups on different occasions, I finally had the chance to satisfy my curiosity. The MisoMayo was delicious and I will definitely be returning to try others. My spouse had the Orishi and gives his thumbs up! We are both big fans. The girls working the cart were very polite so we will be back. Only downside is you have to have it on a non-rainy day and hopefully will find a concrete block to sit on.

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Great Hotdogs
By RDC of East Vancouver (4 Reviews)
Submitted Tuesday, July 15, 2008 - 2:18pm [Dine in]

This place never disappoints. My favourites are misomayo and the terimayo. I try to go there once a week for my cravings. Give this place a try if you haven't already. The staff are very friendly and everyone should try it at least once. The price is also priced fairly. Definately will go back there soon.

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Japa Dog
By tokyoastrogirl of Los Angeles, CA (2 Reviews)
Submitted Friday, May 30, 2008 - 12:43pm [Dine in]

Photos here: http://tokyoastrogirl.blogspot.com/20...

I adore Anthony Bourdain. I’ve been a longtime fan of his, from Cook’s Tour to No Reservations to his frequent appearances as a guest judge on Top Chef. The guy is smart, insightful, bold and, most of all, honest. He’s given me some of the best television moments I have ever witnessed- I practically cried at his personal joy at going back to his childhood home in France with his brother, and couldn’t believe it when he spent hours in a stinky, sweltering bat-poo-filled cave in Jamaica. I love that he loves Japan and have watched his Osaka episode of No Reservations 10 times. The look of sheer ecstasy he had on his face after eating at Koyoshi Sushi is one of the main reasons I plan to hit the sushi bar next week when I’m in Japan.

So, imagine my surprise when I unintentionally found myself living out Bourdain’s Vancouver No Reservations episode. I went last week to catch a few off days with J who is on the road, and I didn’t have my normal list of restaurants handy since we weren’t going to be there long and I wanted to be spontaneous. After checking into the hotel, we decided to take a walk and what should appear right in front of the entrance but the infamous “Japa Dog” cart that was on the Vancouver episode?! Nari, one of Bourdain’s producers, had introduced him to this wonderful world of Japanese-style hotdogs that drew long lines daily. It looked the same, the food smelled terrific and, just like Nari said, there were people lined up at all times of the two days we were there.

Japa Dog offers several kinds of Japanese-style dogs. First, you can choose what kind of dog you want, and in addition to your normal beef dogs they have tofu, turkey and even kurobuta (black hog) dogs. Toppings include nori (dried seaweed), wasabi mayo, teriyaki sauce, daikon and other “perkily perfect” options. We ordered one “miso mayo” dog which is a turkey dog topped with daikon sprouts, miso-sesame sauce, Japanese mayo and miso. Like Bourdain, we loved it and only wished we had ordered one each instead of sharing one.

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Love the street dog twist
By yumyumlu of Vancouver (22 Reviews)
Submitted Friday, February 13, 2009 - 8:57pm [Dine in]

I think this is a must try if you are visiting Vancouver or if you are new to Vancouver. I've never had anything like this before. I had the one with the seaweed and special mayo on it. Although it was a little bit pricey for a street dog, the twist on the toppings did make it extra tasty and it is also a must try!

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