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The East sides new HOT DOG spot !

nrique Oct 20, 2006 10:33 PM

Just checked out a new Hot Dog spot in East L.A.
It's called Between the Bun, the dogs are bigger than most dogs I have tried. The chili well it's gooey and meaty, served hot that it melts the shredded cheddar cheese. There is enough chili on the dog that a regular bun aint going to hold it, meaning your hands are going to get dirty (in a good way).
What I like about the dog - It's NOT a hoffey dog! You heard right, this dog comes from a sausage maker and is a family recipe. Also, the snap is juicy and its tasty.
So if your a HOT DOG lover like me, you need to check it out THIS weekend!

Between the Bun
4701 E. 3rd Street
Los Angeled CA 90022

TEL 323 604-0200
He does phone orders so orders your while your one the way!

WARNING! 3rd Street is undergoing serious road work so parking is a bitch. Neighborhood parking is available but it's easier to park at the strip mall at the corner of Arizona and 3rd.

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  1. monku RE: nrique Oct 21, 2006 03:27 AM

    Good call. Went tonight about 6pm on your rec. Parking and location is terrible because of the street construction. We were the only ones there. I'm sure it hurts their business because there is no legal parking in front and they don't have a parking lot.

    Not sure if they're going to make it in that neighborhood charging $3.59 for a chili cheese hot dog or $3.29 for a plain hot dog. That's more expensive than Tommy's and The Stand for a plain hot dog. The Stand Chili dog is $3.95,but comes with their home made chips. We had the "combo" $5.49-chili cheese dog, fries and 16oz refillable soda.

    Saw a line up of people down the street at this Lupes that claims 12 different kinds of burritos and a few blocks further away King Taco was doing a brisk business.

    Hot dog was only 6" long but came in a non-hot dog bun, like a French roll. Good meaty-spicy chili. Whoever makes the hot dog for them ...it's the same hot dog that the Original Tommy's uses now(Tommy's must use the 8" hot dog). Name of the company escapes me, but begins with a "C" (same company that Trader Joe's uses for their sausages). Its got a snap to it, but it isn't a natural casing hot dog, but skinless (I looked very carefully-no casing).

    Other thing I thought was strange was the sign said "Grand Opening" and below it said "voted best hot dogs". Don't know how they can make that claim unless that hot dog is served somewhere else and "voted best hot dog" by who?

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      nrique RE: nrique Oct 21, 2006 05:54 PM

      monku, I talked to the owner and IT is the same dog from Tommy's, Trader Joe's and one more I can't think of. Appeartently he has a family connection directly to the maker.

      I'm surprised that I forgot to check for the casing, yet it does have a good snap and is a juicy dog.
      You can order the dog with the classis bun, only recommended if you like to get your hands messy.

      It has been open for only two months and seems to be doing brisk business on the off peak hours. I went there after noon, one person was already there and by the time I finished ordering two more people came in. The busiest time looks to be the weekend, I'm heading there today to try another, this time a classic, relish, mustard, kecthup and onions.

      I do beleive this place will be around for awhile. The quality is WAY better than anything in the area. Yeah, it's a little high but you do get filled up with a combo. Road work should be done in a couple months, then there will be plenty of street parking or in the neighborhood.

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      1. re: nrique
        monku RE: nrique Oct 22, 2006 05:20 AM

        Do I know my dogs or what? The dogs they use aren't natural casing. I noticed it immediately when Tommy's changed. The Stand dogs aren't natural casing either, but I don't think its the same company because these hot dogs are a little darker in color than the ones at The Stand. Between the Bun should go to the larger 8" hot dog at those prices.

        Personally I like natural casing dogs like they have at Weiner Factory, Cronies, Pinks, Cupids or Carneys.

        Many places and I suspect Between the Bun use the Dolores Chili Brick which you can purchase on your own at places like Smart & Final to make you're own chli dogs at home. Nothing wrong with it, its great chili for chili dogs(comes frozen and you use what you want).

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          monku RE: monku Oct 24, 2006 02:38 AM

          Correction...Went to The Stand tonight for their $1 Hot Dog night(after 5pm) and they are the same hot dogs they use at Between the Bun, Tommy's and sell at Trader Joe's except they're using what I think is a 7" hot dog(didn't have a ruler...but longer than the span between my thumb and index finger). You really can't beat The Stand on Monday nights for $1 for most hot dogs and $2.50 for something like their loaded dogs (chili-cheese). You can have their hot dogs steamed or grilled and plain bun or a really nice soft poppy seed bun.

        2. re: nrique
          Dommy RE: nrique Oct 22, 2006 08:04 PM


          Do you know how late they are open... I get out school at 8 and SO wants me stop by after...


        3. PaulF RE: nrique Oct 22, 2006 08:29 PM

          Tommy's question:

          When did Tommy's change their casing and do they use the same dogs at every location?

          Santa Monica is my home Tommy's and I'm jonesing for a dog ...

          Thanks ...

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          1. re: PaulF
            monku RE: PaulF Oct 23, 2006 01:24 AM

            Tommy's changed their hot dog 2 or 3 years ago. There is no natural casing...its skinless. After all the chili, onions, mustard and pickles they put on you can't really tell what the hot dog is....maybe that's why they changed vendors.

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            nrique RE: nrique Oct 24, 2006 01:55 AM

            Dommy, give them a call . . . the owner is a real nice guy. Phone number is there on top!

            I too like my dogs with the casing, although this dog is good I still have to try my dog at Chroni's. Then I'll be able to make a final judgement on who's is best. But I prefer the smaller dog, the classic is easier to eat and going thru two dogs instead of one makes me feel that much fuller. ;)

            As for the chili - it all homemade at this place.

            Wonder if Steve Doggie Dog is ever going to try this place? Seems he only goes to the west side joints.

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            1. re: nrique
              stevedoggiedogg RE: nrique Oct 24, 2006 03:25 AM

              I'll wait till the construction clears up. I avoid long waddles from the car to the dog. Are they open late?

              The Stand does have natural casings. It's just a very light casing, like the one at Skooby's. Is Papa Cantelli the brand you were trying to think of? They're good, but unless they come out of the steamer just right, they don't snap.

              Carney's has the best dogmeat. I like the Ralph's dollar dogs too. Wish I knew who made those.

              Steve Doggie-Dogg

              1. re: stevedoggiedogg
                monku RE: stevedoggiedogg Oct 24, 2006 05:33 AM

                That's the name Cantelli. I was going to make a special stop at Trader Joe's tomorrow to check for my own sanity.

                I looked very carefully at every other bite I took and didn't notice any casing. Its definitely the same dog as Tommy's and The Stand. Tommy's posts that they serve Cantelli.

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                  Kris P Pata RE: monku Oct 24, 2006 07:29 AM

                  You guys were close but it's actually Cantella's and yes, I agree: TOMMY'S dogs were much better with the snap.

                  Thanks for the tip on BETWEEN THE BUN.

                  1. re: Kris P Pata
                    monku RE: Kris P Pata Oct 24, 2006 12:41 PM

                    Thanks...I knew it was "Can" something. Yes, thats definitely the name I was trying to remember "CANTELLA" !!!
                    It was close an "a" instead of an "i".

                    Maybe that Papa Cantelli has a thin casing, but this Cantella definitely does not. Maybe Papa Cantelli is an offshoot company of Cantella or visa versa.

                    Again...kind of a bold claim for Between the Bun to make "voted best hot dog" when they've only been open two months. Again kind of pricey even for a hot dog.

                2. re: stevedoggiedogg
                  monku RE: stevedoggiedogg Oct 25, 2006 03:27 AM

                  Papa Cantella and Cantella Sausage are the same companies out of Vernon.


                  1. re: stevedoggiedogg
                    2chez mike RE: stevedoggiedogg Nov 2, 2006 01:01 AM

                    What are "Ralph's dollar dogs"?

                    1. re: 2chez mike
                      nrique RE: 2chez mike Nov 3, 2006 10:44 PM

                      Every once in awhile Ralphs will have a charity event outside on of thier markets. They sell these KILLER dogs for a dollar and soda for .50 cents. Not much on the condiments but the dogs are best eaten without them.
                      It's been years since I last seen one of these, I think it was at a store opening.

                      1. re: 2chez mike
                        WildSwede RE: 2chez mike Dec 14, 2006 09:35 PM

                        Just some of the best dogs you can get. They sell them in the meat section (nestled right in with the beef and pork). Under the PS (Private Select(?) label. Super fantastic!

                  2. russkar RE: nrique Dec 12, 2006 09:00 PM

                    Just tried BETWEEN THE BUN today and the Chili Cheese and Chicago Dog are very good! Fries were really good also.

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                      kevin RE: nrique Dec 12, 2006 10:21 PM

                      are these all beef dogs or what and what's the word, natural casings or not?

                      is the chicago made with Vienna Beef dogs?


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                      1. re: kevin
                        russkar RE: kevin Dec 12, 2006 10:34 PM

                        Papa Cantelli makes them special for B the B, but the Poppy seed Buns are Vienna. I think it's a blend of pork and beef.

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                          ChinoWayne RE: russkar Dec 12, 2006 10:52 PM

                          Special for this joint, or one of Papa Cantella's standard products? http://www.papacantella.com/ I can get their Italian sausages from my local Vons, those natural casing dogs sure look interesting, wish Vons would stock those.

                          1. re: russkar
                            russkar RE: russkar Dec 13, 2006 07:06 PM

                            After further review I have learned that B THE B has their Hot dogs made specially for them from all Beef only! Don't kill the messenger.

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                              ChinoWayne RE: russkar Dec 13, 2006 09:46 PM

                              I wouldn't think of killing you, Russ, too many restaurants would go out of business. My point is just that on the Papa Cantellas web site they describe their dogs as "...are made from Beef and a Custom Blend of Spices and then stuffed in to natural casings", which makes me wonder if B the B *really* has their dog meat *custom* made by Papa Cantellas, or if that is just a little exaggerated marketing hype and they are serving the same product that I could find in a grocery store?

                              1. re: ChinoWayne
                                russkar RE: ChinoWayne Dec 14, 2006 03:13 AM

                                B the B(Sean) says his dog is especially made for him(extra lean) and not available in Markets or anywhere else. He is a personal &(business) friend of Tom Cantella.

                                1. re: russkar
                                  monku RE: russkar Dec 14, 2006 03:37 AM

                                  Ask Sean how they claim "voted best hot dog"- by who?????

                                  1. re: monku
                                    russkar RE: monku Dec 14, 2006 09:43 PM

                                    Same Hotdog as at the "STAND" which was voted best HD by ?

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                          rameniac RE: nrique Dec 12, 2006 11:29 PM

                          hmm i'ma have to try this place... does it beat bacon-wrapped hot dogs from the cart guys?

                          1. russkar RE: nrique Dec 13, 2006 11:34 PM

                            I'll do some research and get back to you.

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                            1. re: russkar
                              monku RE: russkar Dec 13, 2006 11:39 PM

                              If that dog is made specially for them, its because they must order a special 6" dog and not a 7"-8" Cantella that Tommy's uses. I thought $3.50 for a 6" chili dog was a little pricey considering the neighborhood and you can get a Tommy's chili dog loaded with chili for $2.50.

                              1. re: monku
                                russkar RE: monku Dec 14, 2006 12:12 AM

                                I was at Tommy's on Rampart 3 wks ago for BREAKFAST and there is no comparison to B the B's Chili or Dog IMO.

                                1. re: monku
                                  russkar RE: monku Dec 14, 2006 03:39 AM

                                  Monku, better check your inches. B the B is 7" , Cantella doesn't make a 6".

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                                reality check RE: nrique Nov 5, 2010 12:02 AM

                                Did this place survive the Gold Line extension construction?

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                                1. re: reality check
                                  monku RE: reality check Nov 5, 2010 05:29 AM

                                  Don't think they made it 6 months after the original post.

                                  1. re: monku
                                    ipsedixit RE: monku Nov 5, 2010 11:28 AM

                                    A pretty good place for hot dogs in downtown LA is Tony's Arts-N-Eats.

                                    (And, monku, no, I don't know what kind of dogs they use ...)

                                    1. re: ipsedixit
                                      monku RE: ipsedixit Nov 5, 2010 12:36 PM

                                      They have some limited hours(+/- noon-4pm) and could be hard to find (in the alley?), but their prices are reasonable. It's a cart?

                                      Don't understand the *PREMIUM dog* or *Specialty dog* references, you'd think they might say what kind they were. But, a quarter pound jumbo dog isn't going to be a natural casing hot dog.

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                                        ipsedixit RE: monku Nov 5, 2010 03:09 PM

                                        Yes, cart.

                                        Terms like "premium" and "specialty" have as much meaning as "gourmet" or "artisan".

                                      2. re: ipsedixit
                                        monku RE: ipsedixit Nov 5, 2010 06:57 PM

                                        You should start a new thread on this A-N-E rather than have it buried in this dead 4 year old thread.

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