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Seafood lovers, here's something you'll relish: Meet Maui's lobster dog

Seafood lovers, here's something you'll relish: Meet Maui's lobster dog
The new lobster dog at Hank's Haute Dogs on Maui is actually a "sausage" made with a seafood mousse. The garnishes include pickled turnip and garlic aioli.
(Sheraton Maui Resort & Spa)

The newest offering at a Maui hot dog stand features lobster dog. Yep, you heard that right.

The menu at Hank's Haute Dogs, beachside at the Sheraton Maui Resort & Spa in Lahaina, may call it a "lobster dog," but owner Hank Adaniya says his creation is actually a hand-crafted sort of sausage.

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"We use lobster, a fish paste and shrimp," Adaniya told me. "Those three ingredients along with some seasoning we're able to stuff into a pork casing and there you have it.

"It's like a seafood mousse inside the casing. We end up sautéing it in butter so that we can get the casing a little crisp so that it's easy to bite into. And then we poach it in butter.

"Butter and lobster -- it's the perfect match."

The lobster dog is garnished with garlic aioli, lettuce, tomato and takuwan or takuan, a pickled turnip from Japan.

The sandwich costs $17.95. That includes French fries and dipping sauce.

The lobster dog was introduced during the Fourth of July weekend.

Customers who aren't seafood fans have other choices, including the Hawaiian, a Portuguese sausage (popular in the islands) garnished with mango mustard and Hank's pineapple relish.

The relish gained popularity after Adinaya's original location in Honolulu was featured on the Food Network's "Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives"  in 2010.

The Maui location is open 11 a.m.-3 p.m. daily.

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