The pandemic has been hard on restaurants, especially intimate ones like dipdipdip shabu shabu where the next table is right next to you. In response, dipdipdip has turned into a sandwich dipping pop-up called, appropriately enough, dipdipdip pop-up. The dipdipdip pop-up offers beef (24-hour Texas Wagyu, wasabi ranch, garden pickles, and sweet-n-spicy chowchow, with umami jus dipping sauce; $12.75), chicken karaage (with kosho lime mayo, smoked jalapeno pickel, tomato, and tankatsu; $9.75), shrimp tempura (with cabbage, avocado, tomato, tonkatsu sauce, spicy mayo, and negri with spicy miso dipping sauce; $13.75), and veggie (pimento cheese, charred broccolini, pickled green tomatoes, and sunflower sprouts with spicy mayo dipping sauce; $10.75) sandwiches with a daily special (that may or may not be a sandwich). For sides, they offer the Pow!tato (crispy smashed potatoes with nori furitake; $3.5)) and a summer melon salad (melons, red onion, sweet rice vinegar, soy, yukari, mint, and lemon zest; $3.5).
The beef sandwich with the umami jus is like taking a ride through the Tunnel of Love at the state fair with someone googoo-eyed: slow, steamy, hands all over, and ends too soon. Truly one of the best sandwiches I’ve ever had. Ample beef flavor where the sliced Wagyu melts with each chew after a healthy dip into the jus. The Pow!tato is a nice crispy co-pilot to the feather bed of the sandwich. The Bride enjoyed the chicken karaage and shrimp tempura sandwiches, but didn’t need a shower afterward like I did.