2015 marks the first year that Pineapple Promenade has featured a savory item on its menu for the Flower & Garden Festival. 2013 saw a Pineapple Upside Down Cake and a Fruit Cup, while 2014 saw a Sweet Potato Cinnamon Waffle, in addition to their Pineapple Soft-serve (aka Dole Whip, but Dole hasn’t hosted since 2013). The Pineapple Dog ($4.00) features a Spicy Hot Dog with Pineapple Chutney and Sriracha Mayonnaise.
Those of you who have been to the Food & Wine Festival in the fall may find this option familiar, as the South Korea kiosk has served a Kimchi Dog the past two years. Th hot dog link itself appears and tastes to be the same variety used at Food & Wine.
The hot dog is smothered with a lot of Pineapple Chutney, and I could have used a bit less as it was messy to eat. I also found the sweetness a bit too much with not enough balance from the heat, most of which I felt came from the dog and not the Sriracha Mayo. I thought the Taro Chips sprinkled on top were nice for a textural contrast, but otherwise were lost.
Those craving a Dole Whip might want to hold out for Aloha Isle at Magic Kingdom or Pineapple Lanai at the Polynesian Village, as the portion size for the price is tiny. I’d also skip the addition of liquor as the CMs tend to skimp for the $4.50 upcharge.
Overall, I’m glad that a savory item was added to the menu, especially since the Hawai’i kiosk at Food & Wine proves popular. This hot dog essentially takes the condiments from their Kalua Pork Slider and puts them on a dog. I liked the Pineapple Dog, but I think the one I received could have used less chutney (easily remedied, and veterans of Epcot Festivals know that portions are in a state of flux). Much like I thought with the Kimchi Dog, it’s good, but I don’t think it provides much bang for your buck, and I’m not sure it’s something I would revisit.
Have you stopped by Pineapple Promenade? Have you tried the Pineapple Dog, or do you stick to the Dol… Pineapple Soft-serve?