Hot Dogs: Bark

Eating Out

I recently made a trip to Park Slope in the name of hot dogs.  Offering much more than your corner Sabrett cart, Bark features locally sourced meats, bread, dairy and even furniture.  I was intrigued by this concept, but how did the dogs measure up?

Bark offers a variety of hot dogs, burgers, sausages and sandwiches:

At the recommendation of the Bark employee, I went with the Beans & Frank (first picture) – baked heirloom beans, smoky pork, onions and mustard.  The beans were delicious and the onions added a refreshing crunch.  However, I’m sad to say that I was disappointed by the dog itself.  The meat was a bit bland, lacking that kick that I value in a hot dog.  Additionally, I’m a fan of natural casing, providing that “bite back” when you take a bite.  If this dog had casing, I certainly didn’t notice.  The dog had so much potential, but it sadly fell short.

I also ordered the crispy pork sandwich – where the dog was lacking, the pork sandwich was flavorful, juicy and perfectly seasoned:

Showcasing a crispy pork patty garnished with pickles and slaw, the sandwich was perfectly textured, and a perfect combination of sweet, tangy, savory and sour.  I would definitely recommend giving the pork sammie a try.

I’m giving Bark 2 Apples – while I wasn’t a big fan of their hot dog, the pork sandwich made up for that in the taste department.  I also give them props for their commitment to local sourcing – something you don’t see in every NYC eating establishment.

Skip the dogs; go for the Crispy Pork Sandwich.

Bark Hot Dogs
474 Bergen St. (@ Flatbush)
Park Slope, Brooklyn
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    Try Anything Once Terri
    December 6, 2010 at 2:51 pm

    I think we both had the same feeling about Bark. I said the same thing in my review. Oh well! This just means you have to come out to Brooklyn again. 🙂

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    December 6, 2010 at 2:57 pm

    I love the name of the restaurant. Bark – so cute! We are lacking good hot dog places around here, but a stand near my work does a decent vegan dog – I know, the horror, right 😉

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    Micah and Catherine
    December 6, 2010 at 3:45 pm

    Too bad the hot dog wasn't as good as it looks.

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    San Jose Love
    December 6, 2010 at 4:47 pm

    ooh the picture of the Bark sign is really pretty. When I visited NY, I made the mistake of eating a hot dog from a cart. At least these look really delicious. Too bad it wasn't.

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    December 6, 2010 at 9:28 pm

    Too bad the hot dog wasn't great, it did look good in your picture! Although I'd probably pick a pork sandwich over a hot dog most days!

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    December 7, 2010 at 3:35 am

    I like the bite of a hot dog casing too, sorry it disappointed but that sandwich looks delicious!

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    December 7, 2010 at 7:13 am

    I don't know where you put all this food…lol. Everything looks yummy…too bad the hot dog was so much.

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    December 7, 2010 at 7:13 am

    I meant…wasn't so much…oops…I can read , I swear and I know you didn't enjoy it:)

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    December 7, 2010 at 2:48 pm

    Disappointing! I love hot dogs so a bad one is especially disappointing

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    D. Marie
    December 7, 2010 at 7:56 pm

    Oh wow I saw that picture of the hot dog and thought it was going to be great…sad to hear it wasnt…but glad the pork was! Are you watching Top Chef All-Stars? The winning team during the cook fire made their own sausage! It looked great! Thanks for always stopping by my blog! <3

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