Craftsman & Wolves has debuted the latest unlikely mash-up of tasty things: the Haute Dog. It's an all-beef dog baked into a mustard-seed croissant/bun, with whole grain mustard and house-made salt and vinegar beet chips. Pastry chef William Werner baptized his creation with a name that is also a pun, but to his credit, he didn't coin a horrible neologism like "cro-furter" or something.
It's quite tasty. The beef is flavorful, the pastry flaky and crisp like the best pig-in-a-blanket you ever had, and the beet chips provide a very different kind of crunch. The Bold Italic noted (correctly) that Craftsman & Wolves pic looks a little dried-out, but the one I ate was plump and well-cooked.
Not coincidentally, the Haute Dog was launched on the Giants season opener, and tens of thousands of people were cocking their heads to the side to take a big bite of a dog that probably spent hours rotating on those greasy metal rollers you see at 7-11. ("Haute Dog" is also the name of a canine fashion show for the benefit of Muttville, which is at least as eye-roll-worthy as a $6.50 hot dog.)
Inside Scoop explained that the idea came about because the baking equipment company had a mold in the shape of a hot dog. As the design dictum states: form follows function.
Craftsman & Wolves, 746 Valencia St., 913-7713.