You may not have thought about putting fruit sauce on your hot dog, but there’s a new food stand along International drive that is doing just that – and getting rave reviews. Hula Dog serves authentic Hawaiian-style hot dogs.
There’s a similar hot dog served in Hawaii called Puka Dog, but the new stand in Orlando is the creation of owner Doug Trovillion. Doug is a contractor by trade, but with the construction business in a slump, he started thinking of ways to boost his income. He and his wife travel to Hawaii frequently and love the fruit sauces the Hawaiians put on their meats and the soft Hawaiian breads. “We just came up with the concept and figured International Drive is always looking for something different,” said Doug.
Hula Dogs are served in a cylinder-shaped soft bun with one opening to slide the hot dog in. Then your choice of sauces are poured in. First you pick a hula sauce (garlic lemon, jalapeno or chili pepper), then a fruit sauce (coconut, mango, pineapple or banana), then top it off with your choice of mustard (including a pineapple or mango mustard).
“My wife makes all the sauces, our breads are from a local baker and our meats are the best in town with Boar’s Head,” added Doug. “We figured, give them a good quality product with a good price on International Drive, and I think people will enjoy it.”
In addition to the fruit sauces, all the usual hot dog toppings are available as well as sausage and veggie dogs. You can even order a regular hot dog, but why would you want to do that?
Hula Dog is located just south-east of Wet ‘n Wild on the same side of International Drive. They are open for lunch and dinner. You can reach them at 321-229-2585.
UPDATE: Hula Dog has changed their name to Kona Dog. The reason for the change was the owner’s desire to make it a franchise and there are other companies with different products under the name “hula dog”.