although the location of this spot is not genuinely in my neighborhood (which is strictly speaking below bulevardi), it's close enough and great enough to deserve a recommendation.
as a (current pesco-)vegetarian i have become accustomed that certain foods are out of my reach when eating out. getting a burger choice with all the trimmings i yearn is practically impossible as is finding proper lasagna. i am not after meat-substitutes as i gave up meat knowingly and do not wish to taste or experience the texture. nevertheless, sometimes a simple soy bolognese or a soy patty burger would be an option i'd go for instead of the grated veggies herbivore alternatives are usually made of. a welcome improvement in my books is that chili sin carne is becoming more commonplace at mexican restaurants here.
when friends suggested we'd visit nakki tehtaanmyymälä on a saturday for lunch i was glad to join. i assumed they'd have soup because they had been advertising in facebook, but when we arrived and my friend uttered the words "hotdog saturday" my face went gloomier. i was prepared to find a takeout somewhere close...
inside the tiny room i quietly whispered in my sweetie's ear that "they most probably won't have veggie wieners..." and was greeted with a happy holler from behind the counter: "oh, yes we do!"
i guess my quiet whispers are not that quiet... and let's just say a photo opportunity was missed: the entire place burst into laughter when my face turned into a wide grin and i gasped for air enthusiastically.
in any case, they have hotdogs every saturday with a changing special each week in addition to a variety of toppings to choose from. i had mine with avocado relish and pickled red onions and, yup, it was yummy.
the pics are from their facebook site. ours were eaten promptly, i.e. way before i could even think about a camera.
they're also planning to introduce another traditional grill snack i sometimes think would work great, the finnish meat pie, in a vegetarian version. this may not seem like a big deal to you, but for me the idea of having a faux meat pie with two hotdogs has been an unimaginable treat for over a decade. needless to say, i'd love to have one in all its greasy glory.
they also have regular, meaty hotdogs for those who want them. so go, take your vegetarian friend with you and have a great hotdog together at nakki!