Today we stopped by the Great Hawaiian Company’s cart at Hilo Hattie’s Nimitz Hwy. location to try out their Sirloin Steak Hot Dog for the first time.
The Sirloin Steak Dog shown before all the final condiments are put on. The white sauce is their famous Garlic Sauce. The yellow is cheese . The portions of these two toppings are quite generous. Sorry for the overexposed shot, but I was in a rush to put on the condiments and let the next person go.
Self serve condiments that I’ve opted for here include Japaneno Peppers, Sauerkraut, Onions and Relish. As you can see, it measures about 7″.
The choice at this cart is simple: Choose either the Sirloin Steak Dog or the Smokie (made with Pork), then you will be asked which you’d like to have on that: Secret Garlic Sauce, Spicy Garlic Sauce and/or Melted Cheese. I went with the staffer’s recommendation of Secret Garlic Sauce and Cheese. The dog by itself is $4.00, or you can order the combo for $5.50, which includes a cold canned drink and bag of chips of your choice.
Here’s the Sirloin Steak Dog, cut in half to reveal the texture of the sausage and the white “Secret Garlic Sauce”
After you receive your dog, you finish topping it yourself at the condiment station next to the window. The usuals are there, along with a Thai Chili Sauce, BBQ Sauce and Squeeze Cheese.
Above the condiment station is a guide on how to build these custom dogs using the various condiments and toppings available:
- THE TAI KWON DOG: Secret Spicy Garlic Sauce, Kim Chee, Ketchup, Mustard, Jalapenos, Onions.
- The ALL AMERICAN: Ketchup, Mustard, Relish, Onions.
- THE BACKWOODS DOG: Secret Spicy Garlic Sauce, Bacon, BBQ Sauce, Relish
- THE NEW YORKER: Mustard, Sauerkraut,
- THE WORKS: Secret Garlic Sauce, Bacon, Kim Chee & EVERYTHING ELSE
- THE REAL PANIOLO: Bacon, Guava Jelly , Japenos
- THE BIG KAHUNA: Secret Garlic Sauce, Bacon, Ketchup, Mustard, Squeeze Cheese, Thai Chili Sauce, Sauerkraut, Jalapenos, Relish, Onions
So how is it?
I’m not sure if I put too much condiments on it (which I actually held back more than usual), but I could barely taste the secret garlic sauce. Odd, considering how generous of a portion was laid on. The sauce itself has a slight garlic flavor, but not as intense as I expected; more like a lightly flavored mayonnaise. I also don’t think it needed the cheeze (wiz?), as the garlic sauce added enough extra “thickness” (and extra calories/fat) to the package.
The sausage wasn’t as beefy as I thought it would be either, considering its name, and was more soft than crunchy. The bun is your typical off-the-shelf sesame seed variety.
Overall, it sort of was a homogenous “this is a pretty good hot dog” experience, but neither the dog nor the sauce made a selling point on their own terms.
I need to return and try the pork-based SMOKIE, which is touted as having a “snap” to it. Next time, without no other topping or condiments but the secret garlic sauce.
Great Hawaiian Hot Dog Co. cart, located at the street level entrance (where bus depot is) at Hilo Hattie on Nimitz Hwy. (adjacent to Zippy’s and City Mill). Service on our visit was excellent. Other cart locations around Honolulu listed on their website.