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'Peake Conditions: Food forecast for postseason includes wienernadoes

It’s playoff time, Oklahoma City, and just as the Thunder is ramping up for a championship run so is the kitchen crew at Chesapeake Arena.

Joe Guthrie’s Levy Restaurants gang, led by chef Ryan Craig, will feature some special hot dogs and cocktails for the postseason starting with the F-5 Dog.

Because hot dog quality starts with the frank, Team Chesapeake approached Oklahoma City’s most celebrated wiener-makers, Schwab and Co., to customize one.

Craig and company skewer that dog then use a knife to spiral-cut it before dropping it into a fryer. The result is a crisp frank that’s less likely to burst and ends up better suited to wear a generous helping of cheese sauce. With the cheese sauce nestled deeper in the dog than usual, chopped bacon is less likely to spill over the sides.

To further serve and protect the contents, Craig opted for a New England bun – the kind usually reserved for lobster rolls. The brioche-like crisp, buttery bun not only offers ample protection for the cargo but accentuates the flavors.

The F-5 is served with fresh cut spiral potato chips perfect for catching the inevitable cheesy drippings. This specialty dog will be available at the Baseline Concessions stand at section 216.

If you don’t think an F-5 will blow you away, get yourself a ticket on the club level so you can experience a hot dog carving station.

That’s’ right, Craig tabbed Prairie Thunder Bakery to custom-make a gigantic bun to house a six-foot frank Schwab’s created just in time for the playoffs. Folks on the club can wash down their hot dog slice with some Thunder Punch, which includes Blue Curacao, Malibu rum, and pineapple juice.

The playoffs start Saturday night at 8:30. Here’s hoping the Thunder can make quick work of the Dallas Mavericks so we can see what new creations chef Craig has up his sleeve for the rounds to come.

Dave Cathey

The Oklahoman's food editor, Dave Cathey, keeps his eye on culinary arts and serves up news and reviews from Oklahoma’s booming food scene. Read more ›