Good Dog, Bad Dog: The New Weenie Window at Vandaag
Fork in the Road is a big fan of Vandaag--the EV's only Dutch-Scandinavian restaurant--so when it was announced that sausages would be dispensed from a window on East 6th Street in the side of the restaurant, we were there in an instant.
Actually, that's not all that's being dispensed there. Also for sale are artisanal loaves of bread with a Teutonic bent (hay-smoked country white, English muffin, red ale pumpernickel) and pastries (Frisian sugar bread, almond-pecan financier, stroopwafel) and some wacky spreads, presumably to go with the breads.
But firm in our resolve, we bought all three sausages for sale. Note that this is early on in the window's existence, so the quality and selection of these sausages could change according to what proves popular.
At $3, the Van Dog is a solid choice, an artisanal wiener with a forcemeat that's pickled instead of the usual smoked (or smoke-flavored). Served on a dark bun, it's pink and it pops and sports some rather strange toppings: in addition to creamy coarse mustard, it has shredded mustard greens and pickled red cabbage. A very nice alternative to Sabrett's.
At $4, the Broodje Frikandel is also worth ordering, a beef pork combo that has been deep fried. The same bun as used in the frankfurter actually contains two short sausages with a dark and grainy color and texture, a substantial tuck-in. Raw onions, mayo, and curried ketchup are its toppings, but the flavor of the sausages dominates all.