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Restaurant debuts $69 hot dog

NEW YORK, July 28 (UPI) -- A New York restaurant said it created a $69 Ball Park hot dog, which includes duck fois gras among its toppings, in honor of National Hot Dog Day.

The Serendipity 3 restaurant said the wealthy wiener, which measures 12 inches long, was created in honor of the July 23 National Hot Dog day, NewsOXY.com reported Wednesday.

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"It's not your typical Ball Park hot dog," co-owner Joe Calderone said. "It's twelve inches of beef perfection, grilled in white truffle oil, and it's placed in a toasted pretzel bun that is toasted with white truffle butter, and then it's topped with medallion of duck fois gras with black truffles."

The hot dog set a record for price when Trudy Tant, 49, of South Carolina, became the first to pay $69 for the frankfurter.

"You go to a steakhouse and there are $50-$60 steaks on the menu, so the price is not unreasonable. It can be split in two and people can enjoy because it is very rich," Calderone said.

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