With a fleet of three hot-dog carts and a few permanent spots around Perth, Wassup Dog is pretty much a 24-hour solution to your hot-dog needs. It combines the unpredictability of a street vendor with the reliability of your favorite cafe.
Starting out with little money and a small New York hot-dog cart in 2013, Frenchman Jules “the sausage king” Aknin hit the streets with a few standard frankfurters. Today, these once-traditional hot dogs have become so much more. Filled with organic Margaret River Sausages, Tasmanian cheese, homemade garlic mayo and fresh, locally farmed vegetables, every Wassup Dog is a dedication to top-quality produce.
At the Fremantle Markets (8am to 6pm), Wassup Dog has a dedicated crowd of breakfast hot-dog lovers that it sees every week. Similarly, in the early hours of the next morning, Mojos Bar (9pm to 1am) is the next-best place to get a dog. Less predictably, carts can be found at events and festivals as well as at private functions.
Bright red and usually with a cool umbrella of some kind, the vans are pretty hard to miss. What’s even harder to miss is the customer service shelled out by Aknin himself. It’s not uncommon to hear last night’s stories, a few jokes and some great banter while you wait for your dog to finish up cooking.