A creative play on the All-American favorite
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Who isn’t a hot dog fan? Kakaako is home to Hank’s Haute Dogs, an eatery that’s taking the childhood food favorite to a gourmet level! HI Now host Kanoe Gibson is checking out what’s on the menu.
In 2006, owner Henry “Hank” Adaniya made a dramatic career change when he moved to Honolulu, Hawaii, and opened the highly popular Hank’s Haute Dogs a year later.
So why such a bold move? It is in part historical. In 1940, his father, Wallace Adaniya, took over the concession at the east end of Waikiki Beach in Kapiolani Park. He operated the Beach Grill until the land was reclaimed by the city in 1954 to build the Aquarium which stands there today. Several months, later Wallace departed with his family to the mainland. Shortly thereafter, having relocated in Los Angeles, Henry Adaniya was born. Now many years later, he was returning to his roots.
Adaniya’s vision of a gourmet hot dog stand swept Honolulu foodies off their feet. As an homage to his home town, the Chicago Dog plays center stage on the menu with the formidable Hank Burger following at a close second. Other popular menu items include the Lobster Dog, Hawaiian Portuguese, bacon-wrapped Fat Boy, Foie Gras Sausage, Duck Fat Pommes Frites, Hand-Dipped Onion Rings and the Hibiscus Lemonade.
Late 2009, the Diners, Drive-In and Dives series on Food Network came to Hawaii and picked Hank’s as a feature. Later in 2011, Adam Richman’s Man vs Food Nation added also added the eatery to his show. Hank’s has become a destination eatery, which is nothing new to Adaniya’s acclaimed past.
Adaniya continues to pump creative juices into his work. Although Hank’s mainstays are hot dogs, it continues to introduce specials that encourage locals to experience something more ‘haute’ or regional specific like Italian Beef, Buffalo Brats, Kobe Dog, Nashville Hot Chicken, Truffled Mac n Cheese and Vanilla Crème Brulee.
For more information: hankshautedogs.com