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Meat-free Rad Dogs becoming a hot alternative

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The Dispatch wrote Meat-free dogs becoming a hot alternative

Wednesday, August 13, 2008

BY KEVIN JOY

In a lunch-cart landscape littered with lamb gyros, pulled-pork sandwiches and all-beef franks, Tawd Bell considers himself a “vegetarian martyr.” The new food stand Rad Dog! — which he operates weekdays on the southwest corner of Gay and High streets during lunchtime — carries only vegan hot dogs, beer brats and Italian sausages.

The meat-free chow — made mostly with tofu, wheat gluten and spices — sometimes shocks hungry folks who crave big, juicy wieners.

Selections come from the Tofurky line of faux-meat products and are served on locally baked, multigrain buns. Items range in price from $3 to $4.50. Toppings include organically grown onions, peppers and sauerkraut as well as salsa and homemade vegetarian chili. Cookies from Pattycake Bakery in the Clintonville neighborhood — selling items baked with recipes that omit butter, milk and eggs — are also available.

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