From mobile food trucks to mobile food without the trucks: it's all increasingly portable. Asiadog, a “pop-up” restaurant that usually operates out of a Brooklyn bar, is popping up in Culver City this Thursday night at Bigfoot Lodge West on Venice Boulevard. Asiadog was started a year ago by two New Yorkers, Steve Porto and Melanie Campbell, and sells hot dogs that are distinguished not so much by the dogs themselves (beef, organic beef, chicken and a vegetarian dog), but by the toppings: kimchi and seaweed flakes; Japanese curry and apples; and a Vietnamese banh mi-style dog with aïoli, pâté and pickled vegetables. Despite the name, Asiadog has more than dogs: also on the menu are Korean BBQ-style burgers as well as Chinese BBQ-style pork belly.
Why so far away from home? Campbell grew up in Los Angeles and is in town for a family wedding. Her brother, who still lives here, suggested that a little multi-tasking might be in order. “It's a super fun atmosphere,” says Campbell. “It's like a barbeque at a friend's place.”
Asiadog will start serving at 7 p.m. this Thursday. If you get there early, no worries. Bigfoot Lodge West (the log-cabin-themed bar opened last month in Culver City; the original Los Angeles Bigfoot Lodge is in Los Feliz) starts their new 5 o'clock happy hour today.
Asiadog, at Bigfoot Lodge West: 10939 Venice Blvd., Culver City; (310) 287-2200. Thursday, Aug. 13, 7 p.m. – 11 p.m.