- Cafe Assorti's take on an American classic. (Photo: TBD Staff)
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Product: Assorti Hot Dog, specialty hot dog baked into a pastry crust.
Cost: $2.65 + tax
Available at: Café Assorti, 1800 Wilson Boulevard in Rosslyn
Why you might want it: Because you're hungry. Because it's the perfect happy hour snack (unless you're vegetarian, I suppose). Because like that time Jim wore a tux to Dunder Mifflin on The Office, it takes something commonplace and bumps it up to the next level of classy. It's one of the most frequently ordered items at the brightly-colored café and bar on Wilson Boulevard.
How it works: A regular ol' hot dog is wrapped up in the pillowy bread dough that encases many of the cafe's Eastern European buns and meat pies and baked until the top is a golden brown. Like ketchup on your dog? It's rolled right in there too. A sprinkling of cheese on top, and you're good to go. It's a hot dog with a lot more bulk, and character, than normal.
Be careful when it first comes to the table, though; hot grease trapped inside can burn upon first bite. (Yeah, there's been a few cornballer moments with this thing.)
The bottom line: It's classic America that the hot dog would be the most popular choice in this café that houses a mish-mosh of nationalities. The waiter tells me the cuisine is Russian (this I can believe, with the prevalence of mayo in other dishes on the menu), the owner, Aidos Bekturganov is Kazakh and the menu calls the food Eastern European and Central Asian. But Issa, my waiter, is quick to clarify that he is Moroccan. Regardless of its origin, Assorti's dog is a cheap and quick bite to eat in Rosslyn.