Hot Diggity! The Wienery Scores National Award for Vegan Italian Warsaw Dog

For Immediate Release:
July 12, 2023

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Minneapolis – PETA scoured the country for the Top 10 Vegan Dogs that kick meaty dogs’ buns—and the Twin Cities’ own The Wienery has won a top spot for its deliciously craveable Vegan Italian Warsaw.

The Wienery—owned by Pat and KJ Starr—can swap a tofu dog, vegan Italian sausage, or vegan brat into almost any of its mouthwatering menu offerings, from the Maxwell Street with fried onions, green peppers, and sport peppers to the Briny Dog smothered in sauerkraut, pickles, and spicy giardiniera sauce. The award-winning Vegan Italian Warsaw is a fan favorite vegan Italian sausage topped with sauerkraut and Dusseldorf mustard.

“The Vegan Italian Warsaw is a tangy twist on an Old World classic and the perfect animal-friendly answer to any comfort food craving,” says PETA President Ingrid Newkirk. “All the award wieners on PETA’s national Top 10 list prove that compassion is a delicious business.”

The Wienery will receive a framed certificate from PETA in honor of its culinary achievement. The other top dogs receiving the group’s recognition are the Rad Dawg at Totally Awesome Vegan Food Truck (Portland, Maine), the Scarecrow at The Frankenstand (Los Angeles), the Bahn Me Dawg at Pingala Cafe (Burlington, Vermont), the Big Daddy Special at Kale My Name (Chicago), the Vegan Buffalo Blu at Sporty Dog Creations (Baltimore), the Coney Dog at VEG-N (Lansing, Michigan), the Chicago Hot at Doggystyle (Sarasota, Florida), the Vegan at Wiener Kitchen (Overland Park, Kansas), and the Vegan Chilly Cheez Dawg at Chilly Dawgz (Thomasville, Pennsylvania).

In addition to saving nearly 200 animals every year, each person who goes vegan reduces their own risk of suffering from heart disease, diabetes, obesity, and cancer and shrinks their carbon footprint.

PETA—whose motto reads, in part, that “animals are not ours to eat”—opposes speciesism, a human-supremacist worldview, and offers a free vegan starter kit on its website. For more information, please visit PETA.org, listen to The PETA Podcast, or follow the group on Twitter, Facebook, or Instagram.

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