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Thursday, July 9, 2009

Ryan Farr Grills Up Hot Dogs During Week Two of Ferry Plaza's Street-Food Market

Posted By on Thu, Jul 9, 2009 at 12:02 PM

Farr, the king of chicharrones, and now of wieners.
The second week of Ferry Plaza's Thursday street-food market saw the first-time appearance of a local star. Chicharrones king Ryan Farr fired up the gas grill and began hawking 4505 Meats' Golden Dogs ($5), Chicken Beer Sausages ($5), and -- duh -- chicharrones, along with gobs ($2) from Gobba Gobba Hey.

Farr's house-made dogs have an almost creamy texture, with a warm burr from nutmeg and other spices. Ask for your Golden Dog Dogzilla-style, and what you get is a heap of chili-dog vividness. Only instead of canned chili and grated orange cheese, 4505's version smothers the wiener with kimchi, diced red onion, and a handful of chicharrones. Wicked. Farr told us he intends to make his own kimchi eventually (today, he was using stuff he scored at Rainbow), and do house-made mustard and ketchup, too.

The Chicken Beer Sausage had a casing that popped, with a gentle aura of herbs. The gob on offer today -- an adaptation of a traditional Pennsylvania snack cake -- fused orange, cardamom, and saffron, no doubt a juxtaposition that never worked its way into any snack cake known to Pittsburgh. Farr was promising to bring 4505's chocolate-bacon cupcakes to the market today, but -- sorry, pork fat junkies -- you may have to wait till next week.

The Ferry Plaza street-food market is open Thursdays, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. streetside in the building's South Arcade. Photo goodness after the jump.


A Golden Dog Dogzilla-style, with kimchi and pork rinds.


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