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Video: Haute dog! Foot-long frank costs $69

Image: World's most expensive hot dog
Liz Steger
The fabulous frank certified as the world’s most expensive hot dog by Guinness arrives on a pretzel roll toasted in white truffle butter. The all-beef sausage is grilled in white truffle oil and topped with duck foie gras, caramelized Vidalia onions, heirloom tomato ketchup and Dijon mustard.
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updated 7/27/2010 9:58:41 AM ET 2010-07-27T13:58:41

Restaurateur Stephen Bruce has already gotten folks to pony up $1,000 for an ice-cream sundae. So what’s a measly $69 for a hot dog?

Make that an “haute dog.” Bruce’s famous Serendipity 3 restaurant in New York City celebrated National Hot Dog Day June 23 by marrying a foot-long tube of meat with such decidedly nontraditional accoutrements as black truffles and foie gras, served on a pretzel roll grilled in white truffle butter.

The steep-priced sausage is rich food in more than one sense of the term: Serendipity 3 was seeking to set the Guinness world record for the world’s most expensive hot dog.

“It’s fun, I always want something bigger and better,” Bruce told the New York Daily News.

Since opening Serendipity 3 in 1954, Bruce has marched to a different drummer in the kitchen: For example, he’s the creator of now world-famous Frozen Hot Chocolate (Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis was a huge fan).

And Bruce’s cunning culinary strategies for drawing attention to his restaurant have paid off: Lines at his Upper East Side location often snake all the way down the block.

The eatery had already entered Guinness World Records for making the world’s largest hot chocolate (four gallons) and, for its 50th anniversary, concocting the world’s most expensive sundae (complete with an edible 23-karat gold leaf). But to take one of the humblest of traditional American foods, which can be purchased for a single dollar at street carts throughout the Big Apple, and sell it for a sum that induces sticker shock took some doing — even for Bruce.

The meat itself wasn’t enough to do it: It’s pure beef, but it’s readily obtainable on Serendipity’s standard foot-long, which normally sells for $8.50. It required duck liver, truffle butter, truffle mustard and heirloom tomato ketchup to make a customer feel like they were getting their money’s worth for the exorbitant price.

Bruce himself personally sized up the perfect person to be the first to sample his extra-expensive entree: Trudy Tant, an unsuspecting tourist from South Carolina visiting New York with her mother and daughter, tried to enter Serendipity 3, only to find the restaurant was closed for a press conference about the new hot dog.

When she turned around and walked back out, “this man came running out after us and said he heard we were inside a minute ago, and would we try their special hot dog,” Tant told the Rock Hill (S.C.) Herald. The man in question, of course, was Bruce.

“We weren’t even hungry; we just went to Starbucks before that,” Tant said. But she was up for an adventure and tucked into Bruce’s creation. After two bites, she commented: “It was good; gourmet taste.”

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But then came the hard part: In order for Serendipity 3 to be entered into Guinness World Records, Tant actually had to pay for the mega-priced meal. As she swiped her credit card, her daughter Maia texted her dad about mom’s purchase.

Down in South Carolina, Leonard Tant got a little weak in the knees about the news. “I knew she was going to spend some money in New York — but $69 for a hot dog,” he told the Herald later. “I was thinking a purse, some shoes. A hot dog?”

Still, Tant’s purchase did the trick — the deluxe dog will now appear in the next edition of Guinness World Records, along with her name. And for being such a good sport, Bruce treated her and her family to a full meal on the house.

Afterward, Maia told the Herald that the restaurant certainly lived up to its name.

“It was serendipitous for us to go there at that time, that day,” she said.

Explainer: $25,000 sundae? 12 expensive eats

  • Image: Frozen Haute Chocolate
    Reuters
    Even in the midst of a recession, some restaurants cater to the tastes of the ultra-rich.

    From a $175 burger to an ice cream treat that can melt your bank account, check out some of the world's priciest menu items.

    Warning: These foods are not for the frugal.

    Video: Kathie Lee and Hoda talk pricey foods

  • The 12-inch Luxury Pizza

    Image: The 12-inch Luxury Pizza
    TODAY

    The 12-inch Luxury Pizza at Nino’s Bellissima in New York City costs a whopping $1,000, which breaks down to $125 a slice.

    The restaurant needs 24 hours' notice to create the pie because it is topped with six types of caviar, which have to be specially ordered.

    In addition, the pizza includes lobster, creme fraiche and chives.

  • La Madeline au Truffle

    Image: La Madeline au Truffle
    Knipschildt Chocolatier

    Two bucks might get you a chocolate bar at the drugstore, but you have to come with a lot more sugar for a taste of La Madeline au Truffle from Knipschildt Chocolatier in Norwalk, Conn.

    The chocolate truffles go for $250 a pop about $2,600 for a pound.

    The confection boasts high quality ingredients including French Valrhona chocolate, fresh cream, pure Italian truffle oil and French Perigord truffle, and is crafted through an arduous process.

  • Richard Nouveau burger

    Image: Richard Nouveau burger
    TODAY

    Can a burger break the bank? Not if you're dining off the dollar menu.

    But a couple of $175 Richard Nouveau burgers from the Wall Street Burger Shoppe in New York City might do the trick.

    This swanky sammy includes gold flakes, black truffles, seared foie gras and aged Gruyere cheese accompanying 10 ounces of Kobe beef.

  • Mac 'n' cheese

    Image: Mac 'n' cheese
    Melisse

    Forget that boxed blue stuff.

    If you've got money to burn, Melisse restaurant in Santa Monica, Calif., serves up a mac 'n' cheese that costs $95.

    The dish uses expensive white truffles, fresh tagliatelle and brown butter truffle froth.

    It's offered only during truffle season, from October through December.

  • Kobe beef steak

    Image: Kobe beef steak
    Aragawa

    Tokyo's Aragawa is one of the city's most famous — and expensive — restaurants.

    A serving of steak costs $368, and the price reflects the origins of the meat.

    The beef, commonly called Kobe, comes from the Tajima-ushi breed of Wagyu cattle and is considered a delicacy.

    But big bucks alone won't get you in the door at this restaurant, as seating is reserved for exclusive clientele.

  • Buddha Jumps Over the Wall soup

    Image: Buddha Jumps Over the Wall soup

    Kai Mayfair in London dubs itself the "home of the world's most expensive soup" for its $165 Buddha Jumps Over the Wall soup.

    The soup is made from shark fin — a controversial ingredient because shark finning is loathed by animal activists — Chinese mushrooms, sea cucumber, dried scallops, chicken, ginseng and gold.

    To order this dish, customers need to give the restaurant five days' notice.

  • Zillion Dollar Lobster Frittata

    Imgae: Zillion Dollar Lobster Frittata
    TODAY

    Looking for the breakfast of champions?

    You can drop $1,000 on the Zillion Dollar Lobster Frittata at Norma's at the Le Parker Meridien hotel in New York City.

    It has 10 ounces of Sevruga caviar, which can retail for $80 to $170 an ounce.

  • Chocolate Variation

    Image: Chocolate Variation

    Mezzaluna, a restaurant in Thailand, holds the title of serving one of the most expensive meals ever, at $30,000 a head, in 2007.

    The restaurant also boasts one of the priciest dessert menus in the world and includes the Chocolate Variation for $640.

    The dessert includes champagne sorbet made from Cristal, and a slice of chocolate cake with edible gold and Perigord truffle.

  • Sultan's Golden Cake

    Image: Sultan's Golden Cake

    If you're in the mood to be treated like royalty, the Ciragan Palace in Istanbul, Turkey, offers the Sultan's Golden Cake for the princely sum of $1,000.

    The dessert takes three days to make and has figs, quince, apricot and pears marinated in rum for two years.

    In addition, it's topped with caramel, black truffles and edible gold.

  • Steak-and-mushroom pie

    Image: Steak-and-mushroom pie

    Chef Spencer Burge of Fence Gate Inn in the U.K. created a steak-and-mushroom pie that sells for $12,500.

    It's made from Wagyu beef, matsutake mushrooms, black truffles and two bottles of 1982 Chateau Mouton Rothschild, worth $6,800.

  • Frozen Haute Chocolate

    Image: Frozen Haute Chocolate
    Reuters

    Serendipity 3 in New York City was known for its Golden Opulence ice cream sundae, which sets customer back a cool $1,000.

    But in 2007, owner Stephen Bruce set out to get a Guinness world record for most expensive dessert for the $25,000 Frozen Haute Chocolate.

    What makes it so pricey? It includes a blend of 28 cocoas, is infused with five grams of edible 23-karat gold and served in a goblet lined with edible gold.

    Customers even walk away with souvenirs — an 18-karat gold bracelet with diamonds and the gold and diamond-crusted spoon and goblet set.

  • Hot dog

    Image: World's most expensive hot dog
    Liz Steger
    Serendipity 3 is also famous for it's $69 foot-long frank — the world’s most expensive hot dog according to Guinness.

    It's served on a pretzel roll toasted in white truffle butter. The all-beef sausage is grilled in white truffle oil and topped with duck foie gras, caramelized Vidalia onions, heirloom tomato ketchup and Dijon mustard.

Photos: Guinness World Records 2010

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  56. Most expensive hot dog

    The world's most expensive hot dog was served at New York City restaurant Serendipity 3. Priced at $69, the foot-long frank arrives on a pretzel roll toasted in white truffle butter. The all-beef sausage is grilled in white truffle oil and topped with duck foie gras, caramelized Vidalia onions, heirloom tomato ketchup and Dijon mustard. (Liz Steger) Back to slideshow navigation
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