As you read here about this time last year, Berkeley Dog was putting the finishing touches of its first store in Mission Viejo. Now, the wiener stand--which is supplied and endorsed by Top Dog in Berkeley, itself a local legend the way Pink's is here (but perhaps with less hype)--is planning its third store for Irvine to open in the summer, across from UC Irvine at the University Center. There's also a location in Brea.
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With this development, which our astute friend and commenter JB spotted and tipped me on, Berkeley Dog seems to fulfill the same purpose as the real Top Dog: to be within walking distance of thousands of hungry collegiate stomachs. And its sausages have already gotten a passing grade from a professor, our resident blogger Professor Salt, a.k.a. Shuji Sakai. Click here to read his review.
Also planned for University Center is the yin to Berkeley Dog's yang, a fast-casual place called Salad Republic.