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The Battle of the Dog, LaFleurs Style

Posted by Kim / April 22, 2008

20080422_lafleur5.jpgWhat was supposed to be a fast snack quickly turned into a battle, pitting what some people think Montreal does best: the hot dog.

While spots for best burger, best bagel, best poutine and best smoked meat keep popping up all over the place. I rarely see arguments debating the best hotdog though. For me, it’s either LaFleurs or Belle Province, but even then, the difference is slight. What isn’t slight is the difference between the styles of hotdogs sold at one resto. For this Battle of the Dog, LaFleurs was the vendor of choice.

First up – what to order? LaFleurs sells a variety of dogs, including michigans and one with bacon and cheese. Since I treasure my arteries, we kept it simple, ordering one tofu tog, one steamie and one toastie (why does this sound so much better in French?). The three came all-dressed, and we topped them with ketchup.

20080422_lafleur4.jpgFirst, the tofu. It came in a toasted bun, covered in slaw, relish and mustard. The dog itself was on the sweet side, with a flavour reminiscent of hotdog, but not an exact replica. Very enjoyable for that fact. The texture was perhaps a bit more velvety than a normal hot dog, and very pleasant.
20080422_lafleur3.jpgNext, the toastie. Again, a toasted bun – nice and lightly crispy, with a very buttery taste. As for the dog, well, it tasted like a hot dog. Quite meaty, missing that sweetish flavour the tofu had.
20080422_lafleur1.jpgLast up, the steamie. These are my favourite, due to the chewy, bready bun and how wonderfully it pairs up with the soggy slaw and the dog. The bread just suits the flvour of the hot dog better, making the two a great combo.

The results? I actually like the tofu dog for the “meat” and the steamie for the bun. Next time, I’ll be ordering a tofu dog, steamie style.

A tofu steamie dog as the victor? I hope I haven’t encouraged the wrath of dog-fans everywhere.

LaFleurs
3620 St-Denis
(and about 100 other locations around Montreal)

Discussion

22 Comments

jeff / April 22, 2008 at 03:58 pm
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you know what I've always wondered? why they called it a Michigan?
kim / April 22, 2008 at 04:02 pm
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Ah, the beauty of Wikipedia:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Michigan_hot_dog

(I didn't know ANY of that before hunting out the answer to your question; thanks for asking!)
Sisi / April 22, 2008 at 05:05 pm
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Drool...
Paloma / April 22, 2008 at 05:56 pm
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I didn't know LaFleurs did tofu! Finally, I can satisfy a craving I've had since giving up meat six years ago.
Duan / April 22, 2008 at 09:06 pm
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Has anyone tried the hot dogs at Costco? My favorite! Not sure if they have tofu.
Jer / April 23, 2008 at 11:43 am
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I am so craving a hot dog right now. Thanks a lot.
Solman / April 23, 2008 at 03:14 pm
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Interesting note is that the tofu dog is sliced in half and then thrown on the griddle; kinda rare. These dogs like it hot and the griddle adds a nice dimension. Also - and not to promote an adultery against common sense but - they ONLY COST $4.50 TAXIN!

and yes, club price makes a nice dog. boeuf, en plus!
Sara / May 1, 2008 at 03:38 pm
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Nothing beats the Decare Hot Dog.
Sara / May 1, 2008 at 03:39 pm
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And by "Decare", I of course mean "Decarie". :)
kim / May 1, 2008 at 03:49 pm
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Sara! You spoiled the follow-up review!
I agree with you, as you'll see in the following days...
Raph / February 15, 2009 at 06:20 pm
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Anyone tried McGill Hotdog in old montreal?
Zuzu / February 9, 2011 at 05:23 pm
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Just wondering... what are 'steamie' and 'toastie' in french?
438848 / June 19, 2011 at 09:05 am
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What a lovely day for a 438848! SCK was here
1704822 / June 19, 2011 at 09:05 am
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What a lovely day for a 1704822! SCK was here
mike / August 29, 2012 at 05:05 pm
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Lafleur =best fries,best hot-dogs :D try it u adopted it :)
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