Flow Eats: Hank’s Haute Dogs Re-Open in Kaka’ako

Words and Photo by: Vina Cristobal

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Last year, I did a review to Hank’s Haute Dogs’ original location on Coral Street, but now it’s reopened its doors after two months of hiatus – so its deserves to have recognition.

Known for its quality hot dogs, Chicago-based Hank’s became a fan favorite among locals and tourists alike. People would often be seen lined up outside of Coral Street, anxious to try out the menu. Some of its most popular items – Chicago (a Chicago Vienna all-beef dog that pays homage to its roots), Fat Boy (a bacon wrapped hot dog) and the classic Hank’s Frank (all beef with natural casing).

The new space boasts colors similar to its neighbor, Highway Inn – the forest green aesthetic of the building greets customers as they walk in. Hank’s offers more open seating and indoor seating for its customers, but other than that, it has never lost its warm, welcoming presence in the community.
In addition to Hank’s new location, the menu has added new items for breakfast (Hanksfest) and lunch. The breakfast dog is a link sausage concealed in cheese, egg and a toasted bun. The restaurant’s classic fries have also been re-created in breakfast form – it comes in a box, and is covered in cheddar cheese and other toppings. A variation of other side dishes, such as Mac and Cheese, Beef Fat fries and Creme Brûlée, are also part of Hank’s daily lineup.
But the one that may become a fan favorite in the AM is the ice coffee whip, which is pretty self-explanatory. A “blended slush” of ice coffee with a dash of whipped cream to complete the beverage.
Aside from the classic fries, I got to try one of Hank’s newer menu items: The Hankburger (pictured above). It’s your typical beef patty smothered with all the fixins – onions, lettuce, tomato and the in-house special Hank sauce. If you’ve ever tasted a Whopper Jr. from Burger King, this burger will bring a similar juicy taste.
Hank’s officially made its grand re-opening on Saturday, October 24, so now you can enjoy all of Hank’s classic menu items all over again…and more.
Hank’s Haute Dogs
324 Coral Street
Honolulu, HI 96813
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