Buddha Dog

Hand-held meals are the ultimate travel food: you can stay mobile, eat with locals and keep your other hand on your iPhone, daypack or toddler. So roll up your sleeves and dig into a bacon jam dog from Buddha Dog in Toronto, because...

Your trip is too short to wait for a table!

It’s impossible to have just one. These tiny, flavourful “dogs of the day,” which are more grilled sausage than boiled red, are the creation of a couple of guys named Andrew who wanted to put a local and sustainable spin on a classic. Everyone from the butcher to the baker is in on the game at Buddha Dog, supplying artisanal alternatives to the standard street meat.

Even the toppings are revolutionary: they keep a rotation of about 150 sauces on the go—multiple mustards, assorted barbecue flavours, cheeses, relishes and ketchups. The seasonal smokey and sweet bacon jam dog ($2, plus toppings) is a must, so call ahead to see if it’s available.


This story was originally published in the October 2009 issue of up! magazine as part of Grab & Go, a package of stories profiling the most delicious dishes eaten with your hands in Canada, the United States and the Caribbean. Check out other scrumptious spots in these WestJet destinations:







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Pamela Cuthbert

Pamela Cuthbert is a Toronto-based food journalist who has travelled to many parts of the globe, all the while discovering the bounty of the true taste of a great destination—without the aid of a fork.

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