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goldenroxy Feb 7, 2007 09:14 AM

Just wondering if anyone knows any good hot dog places. I've been to Pink's a couple of times and they make great hot dogs. Can you think of any more?

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  1. ozzygee RE: goldenroxy Feb 7, 2007 09:30 AM

    There is a parallel thread on hot dog size that you might want to check out.


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      goldenroxy RE: ozzygee Feb 7, 2007 10:16 AM

      oh sorry. didn't see that post.

    2. sku RE: goldenroxy Feb 7, 2007 10:14 AM

      My favorites besides Pink's are Carneys (locations on Sunset and Studio City) and Skooby's on Hollywood Blvd. Check out http://www.hotdogspot.com/

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        goldenroxy RE: sku Feb 7, 2007 10:16 AM

        thank you :)

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        normalheightsfoodie RE: goldenroxy Feb 7, 2007 10:16 AM

        NATE AND AL'S, they bring the Saurkraut to the table as a starter.

        1. elmomonster RE: goldenroxy Feb 7, 2007 11:12 AM

          If you're in OC, try Jerry's Dogs (locations in Santa Ana and La Habra). Truly one of the best dogs I've had.

          Here's my review of it with photos.

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            Diana RE: goldenroxy Feb 7, 2007 11:42 AM

            Never had Pink's..heard the line wasn't worth the dog.

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              goldenroxy RE: Diana Feb 8, 2007 08:20 PM

              the line actually moves pretty fast. the main problem is finding a table to eat.

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                burnnemmdownn RE: Diana Jan 19, 2010 02:54 PM

                its not.

                so many other better hot dog places.

              2. ElsieDee RE: goldenroxy Feb 7, 2007 11:56 AM

                You can browse Steve Doggie-Dogg's blog at: http://hotdogspot.com/ - for some reason the blog looks odd today - the right-hand list of reviews is at the bottom of the page when I go to the page. Go figure. Anyway, I don't agree with all of the reviews (but that's why I'm a Hound), but it's entertaining and informative reading and he's found some excellent places.

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                  2chez mike RE: goldenroxy Feb 7, 2007 01:37 PM

                  Tommy's has a good dog. But, sadly, they don't have sauerkraut.

                  Carney's is my favorite, though.

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                    tuckychica RE: goldenroxy Feb 7, 2007 02:49 PM

                    If you're in OC, try Portillos (from Chicago). Famous for their dogs, and also have great italian beef.

                    1. SIMIHOUND RE: goldenroxy Feb 7, 2007 04:06 PM

                      One of the best is Weiner Factory 14917 Ventura Bl, Sherman Oaks at Kester and Ventura Blvd. 818.789.2676. They have awesome dogs but I favor the polish dogs-mild or spicy hot. They open at 11am every day and close at different times depending on if it's a weekday or weekend. No alcohol served. See http://hotdogspot.com/2004/07/wiener-... for a great review,.

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                        burnnemmdownn RE: SIMIHOUND Jan 19, 2010 09:11 PM

                        This place closed down ):

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                          maxzook RE: burnnemmdownn Jan 20, 2010 08:08 AM

                          Check the date, Simihound's post is almost three years old. (Believe me, it would've been difficult to have missed the news on this board when Wiener Factory closed down.)

                      2. a_and_w RE: goldenroxy Feb 7, 2007 04:15 PM

                        Any places like Top Dog (i.e., the Bay Area chain)?

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                          mrshankly RE: a_and_w Aug 10, 2007 06:40 PM

                          Top Dog is the best!! Hands down the best. NO HOT DOG in Los Angeles comes close and most of the places mentioned here (Pink's, Wiener Factory, etc) can't even compare to a pre-packaged 6-pack of Hebrew National dogs. I order Top Dogs by the 5lb bag and have them shipped down to me. My friends BEG me to cook up Top Dogs and I've even given 5lb bags as Christmas gifts to absolutely elated friends. Save your pennies on the generic junk dogs of Los Angeles and order up some Top Dogs to cook at home (www.topdoghotdogs.com)... and no, I don't work for Top Dog.

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                            a_and_w RE: mrshankly Aug 12, 2007 09:53 AM

                            Yes, I think mail order is the way to go, though it's still beyond me why someone doesn't just open a clone down here. BTW, someone recommended the Stand to me as a possible substitute. I tried the Century City location -- it's tasty but *nothing* like Top Dog.

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                              mrshankly RE: a_and_w Aug 12, 2007 11:13 AM

                              There is actually a stand version of Top Dog originally franchised by them but they've since removed themselves from the process. The place is called The Dog Out and they're located primarily in northern San Diego County. I looked into franchising but the cost is astronomical... almost as much as franchising a Quiznos.

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                              nosh RE: mrshankly Aug 12, 2007 09:41 PM

                              C'mon, mrshankly. I agree that Hebrew National dogs are great, but you know they come in a seven-pack, except for the thicker-dog four-packs.

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                                mrshankly RE: nosh Aug 13, 2007 04:35 PM

                                Oops!! My mistake. 7 pack it is!!

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                                burnnemmdownn RE: mrshankly Jan 19, 2010 09:12 PM

                                Fab Dogs is better!

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                              Obessed RE: goldenroxy Feb 9, 2007 06:57 AM

                              Ditto Carney's and the line at Pink's is not worth the wait.

                              1. lil mikey RE: goldenroxy Feb 9, 2007 07:18 AM

                                My favorites are the bacon-wrapped dogs from the street carts outside major events. For a surefire bet at finding one, you can try Spring Street just south of Cesar Chavez on any Sunday afternoon. (It's by Olvera Street)

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                                  wilafur RE: lil mikey Feb 9, 2007 03:10 PM

                                  they can be found on most street corners in the garment and toy districts as well.

                                2. Tom P RE: goldenroxy Feb 9, 2007 07:29 AM

                                  I also love the bacon-wrapped dogs. I am not a fan of Pinks, oddly. Just don't like them that much. Probably my favorite dog in LA is at the Los Feliz Costco. Those are some good dogs. And only a buck-fifty, including drink!

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                                    chowchi1 RE: goldenroxy Feb 9, 2007 08:07 AM

                                    Qt's in Sherman Oaks, Taste Chicago in Burbank and Portillo's in Buena Park. Pink's is overrated and Weiner Factory is underwhleming to say the least.

                                    QT CHICAGO DOGS
                                    4344 Woodman Av, Sherman Oaks

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                                      2chez mike RE: chowchi1 Feb 9, 2007 11:27 AM

                                      Last time I went to The Weiner Factory(a couple of months ago) I found their dog mushy and bland. But some people prefer that.

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                                        tatertotsrock RE: chowchi1 Sep 4, 2007 04:00 PM

                                        I loved the WEINER FACTORY...went last week and I chose it as my favorite chili dog during my week of dog-crawling through the valley...whadda I know, I like Doger Dogs and Dogs from TOMMY"S.

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                                          WildSwede RE: tatertotsrock Sep 5, 2007 07:38 AM

                                          Tater, did you get to Cupid's during your valley crawl? Also, Larry's in Burbank has a great chili dog.

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                                            maxzook RE: WildSwede Sep 5, 2007 09:01 AM

                                            AHDL (Another Hot Dog Link)

                                            Larry's Chili Dog
                                            3122 W Burbank Blvd, Burbank, CA 91505

                                            1. re: maxzook
                                              tatertotsrock RE: maxzook Sep 5, 2007 02:56 PM

                                              Thnaks, maxzook, for the info...makes for easier dog hunting.

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                                              tatertotsrock RE: WildSwede Sep 5, 2007 02:56 PM

                                              Hi WildeSwede,
                                              Sad to say that I wasn't knocked off my seat by Cupids. Nothing bad, but nothing good enough for me to do the drive to get there again.
                                              Never heard of Larry's....guess I gotta go try 'em out now.
                                              I'll report back.

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                                                WildSwede RE: tatertotsrock Sep 5, 2007 03:12 PM

                                                That's okay. Everyone has their own tastes. Maybe Larry's will knock you off your seat!! ;-)

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                                          kjs RE: goldenroxy Feb 9, 2007 09:03 AM

                                          awhile back i asked fellow chowhounds for recs on burgers in el monte/baldwin park - yesterday, i was in that area and paid a visit to art's on valley and i also tried to hit a 2nd burger place recommended yanniki's, also on valley, after sitting at the drive thru intercom for 5 minutes without a response , i went up to the window and tried to get someone's attention - no luck...i drove off and remembered seeing another burger place on valley bld, just west of the 605 fwy ( southside of valley ) - i believe it was called big d's - noticed that they had a worn out hot dog sign ...so what the heck..let me try a chili-dog - cheese, onions....wow...what a surprise - the dog had the "sap" similar dog to tommy's, but the chili was much better - a firmer chili with noticeable meat as opposed to the "stuff" tommy's serves ( and don't get me wrong...i kinda like that slop ! ) it cost $2.35...i think it's worth a try !!

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                                            kjs RE: goldenroxy Feb 9, 2007 09:04 AM

                                            oops...i tried posting the pic...didn't work...let's try again


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                                              Scotty RE: goldenroxy Feb 9, 2007 09:23 AM

                                              I'm sure I'll get flamed, but one of the best deals is the hot dog at costco. Its a good big dog. I get one EVERY time I go to the store. You have to ask for Saurkraut but its free and it comes with a drink.

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                                                kjs RE: Scotty Feb 9, 2007 11:26 AM

                                                no flame here !!! i agree it's a good dog....and the price !!!! how can you go wrong ?

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                                                  ChinoWayne RE: Scotty Feb 9, 2007 11:41 AM

                                                  Gotta disagree, the Costco dogs are overrated. They seem to be just a Hebrew National Dinner Frank, steamed, and steaming is not the way to go with a casingless dog, should be grilled. Also tried their Polish dog, tasted just like their regular dog.

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                                                    spankbot RE: ChinoWayne Feb 9, 2007 02:58 PM

                                                    "..just a Hebrew National Dinner Frank.."

                                                    Thats *exactly* what it is. So don't bother going to Cosco, just pick up a pack at the supermarket the next time you're there.

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                                                      Wes RE: spankbot Feb 10, 2007 09:56 PM

                                                      If you're going to the market go to Ralphs and get the PS brand. Crisp snap and great seasoning. In chubs with the meat, NOT in with the other inferior dogs.

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                                                        WildSwede RE: Wes Aug 10, 2007 09:04 AM

                                                        Absolutely! Those are my faves - found them several years ago!

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                                                      djquinnc RE: ChinoWayne Sep 4, 2007 11:58 AM

                                                      Now, I am one of those blasphemers who hates crunchy/chewy/snapcracklepop casings on any sort of sausage. Always looking for a good dog that doesn't make me work.

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                                                        mrshankly RE: djquinnc Sep 5, 2007 06:42 PM

                                                        Try Costco (I'm serious). They use Hebrew National dinner franks and are quite hearty without the casing.

                                                    3. re: Scotty
                                                      goldenroxy RE: Scotty Feb 9, 2007 02:14 PM

                                                      no worries....my dad loves gas station hot dogs.

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                                                        mrshankly RE: Scotty Aug 10, 2007 06:42 PM

                                                        Agreed!!! Costco dogs are truely great. Then again, you can't go wrong with the price and the sausage that they use... Hebrew National Dinner Franks.

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                                                          foodcorejunior RE: mrshankly Jan 20, 2010 11:14 AM

                                                          Agreed! $1.50 for a large Hebrew National hotdog & 20 oz fountain drink... plus, some fair condiment options (yellow mustard, deli mustard, onions, etc...).
                                                          Also a fan of Skooby's on Hollywood Blvd (near Cherokee) is awesome! Their buns are amazing. I'm a big fan of the garlic dog.
                                                          I have heard good things about the Edison (downtown) though I can't verify and I'm not a fan of pink's.
                                                          Also, it is worth noting that the arthouse movie theater on Wilshire in Beverly Hills sells bagel dogs at their concession stand, which I think is pretty awesome.

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                                                        slacker RE: goldenroxy Feb 9, 2007 11:45 AM

                                                        So...didn't you guys read The Jungle? I stopped eating hot dogs for a long long time after that. And it still pops into my head when I bite into a hot dog. :(
                                                        However, that has not stopped me from eating the street cart ones with bacon. As for Pink's, I never understood the lines, it's not that good.

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                                                          goldenroxy RE: slacker Feb 9, 2007 02:15 PM

                                                          i'm thinking that i definitely don't want to read "The Jungle".

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                                                            Josh90004 RE: slacker Aug 9, 2007 08:29 PM

                                                            Is there anyplace in the Hollywood area to get a bacon wrapped dog during the daytime?

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                                                              maxzook RE: Josh90004 Aug 12, 2007 11:14 AM

                                                              Pink's is the obvious answer. As has been noted upthread, the line can be long but it moves fast, and seating can be a problem ... I like Pink's but I don't go out of my way, esp. when the parking lot is full.

                                                              My favorite local dog remains the Stand, but I admit I tend to favor places that feature New York-style red onions. I used to favor Weiner Factory until they got rid of the NY onions, but if I'm in the neighborhood I'll stop by for a dog with hot potato salad. Art's and most of the quality delis usually have good dogs.

                                                              709 N La Brea Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90038

                                                              Art's Delicatessen & Resturant
                                                              12224 Ventura Blvd, Studio City, CA 91604

                                                              The Stand
                                                              17000 Ventura Blvd Ste 204, Encino, CA 91316

                                                              The Stand
                                                              2000 Avenue of the Stars Ste 600N, Los Angeles, CA 90067

                                                              Wiener Factory
                                                              14917 Ventura Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 91403

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                                                                Josh90004 RE: maxzook Aug 12, 2007 07:56 PM

                                                                "Pink's is the obvious answer. As has been noted upthread, the line can be long but it moves fast"

                                                                Moves fast?? Oy is all I can say if you think that is fast. Pink's inane ordering system creates the huge line, just as they want it to. But to wait an hour+ for a mediocre dog is a fool's game.

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                                                                  ashlee RE: maxzook Aug 12, 2007 09:35 PM

                                                                  I second The Stand. Check out Monday Dollar Dog Nite.

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                                                              iknowfood64 RE: goldenroxy Aug 9, 2007 08:21 PM

                                                              If you want a good dog you have to eat at Chronies in East L.A., you will not be disapointed. The dogs have a great casing that pops when you take a bite. I have had Pinks and they are good, but Chronies blows them out of the water. Try their chili cheese dogs and you will know what I am talking about. It is located at the corner of Keenen and Whittier Blvd.

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                                                                nosh RE: iknowfood64 Aug 12, 2007 09:46 PM

                                                                This is a fantastic place for dogs! Excellent, inexpensive, good fries too. Outside covered patio seating so great for a nice day when you have time to get there from downtown -- easy parking, efficient service. They do it right!

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                                                                ebethsdad RE: goldenroxy Aug 10, 2007 08:35 AM

                                                                The best hot dogs I have had in LA come from a little hole in the wall in the east Valley, the European Sausage Factory. Of course you have to take them home and cook them, but how hard is it to cook a hot dog? It's in a little industrial park on the south side of Saticoy just west of Coldwater. They make their own sausages as well as carrying a bewilderingly large line of imported delicacies. It's worth a trip, and the dogs, a traditional casing style a bit more garlicy than Nathan's, Hebrew National, or Vienna Beef, are sublime.

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                                                                  ns1 RE: ebethsdad Aug 10, 2007 10:23 AM

                                                                  i'm partial to costco dogs (1.62 with a drink is hard to beat) and oki dog. their chili is quite tasty.

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                                                                    jackattack RE: ns1 Aug 10, 2007 02:13 PM

                                                                    Larry's in Burbank or Weiner Factory in Sherman Oaks

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                                                                    SIMIHOUND RE: ebethsdad Aug 11, 2007 08:25 AM

                                                                    Euro Sausage is a unique place...They have all sorts of fresh meats and sausages including chicken and turkey, smoked chicken, deli meats, some cakes including mun-poppy seed, and a small selection of european products. BTW if you like Polish red cabbage, like Weiner Factory serves this place has it.

                                                                    12926 Saticoy Street North Hollywood, CA 91605
                                                                    (818) 982-2325 (may be the number for the manufacturing side of the house)

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                                                                    brandygirl RE: goldenroxy Aug 12, 2007 12:33 PM

                                                                    I just had one of the best hot dogs in LA right in my own home. I bought hot dogs from Brents deli in Northridge--gigantic, crisp bite, delicious.

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                                                                      SIMIHOUND RE: brandygirl Aug 12, 2007 08:06 PM

                                                                      Wow...I have been going there for years and never tried the hot dogs. Does anyone have an idea where they get them from? I simply can't believe they make them there.

                                                                    2. DiveFan RE: goldenroxy Sep 4, 2007 12:16 AM

                                                                      See http://www.chowhound.com/topics/57177 for an unfortunate reawakening of an ancient parallel Topic. See Place links for maps and company web sites.

                                                                      I hate to sound morbid, but has anyone heard from Steve Doggie-Dogg recently? His blog has been inactive for ~11 months. That's not like a real chowhound.

                                                                      QT Chicago Dogs
                                                                      4344 Woodman Ave, Sherman Oaks, CA 91423

                                                                      Nate 'n Al's Deli & Restaurant
                                                                      414 N Beverly Dr, Beverly Hills, CA 90210

                                                                      Tommy's Original World Famous
                                                                      2575 Beverly Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90057

                                                                      Jerry's Dogs
                                                                      2276 E 17th St, Santa Ana, CA 92705

                                                                      European Meat Sausages Mfg
                                                                      12926 Saticoy St, Los Angeles, CA 91605

                                                                      Eureka Sausage Co
                                                                      6835 Tujunga Ave, North Hollywood, CA 91605

                                                                      6654 Hollywood Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90028

                                                                      12601 Ventura Blvd, Studio City, CA 91604

                                                                      Portillo's Hot Dogs
                                                                      8390 La Palma Ave, Buena Park, CA 90620

                                                                      Taste Chicago
                                                                      603 N Hollywood Way, Burbank, CA 91505

                                                                      Larry's Chili Dog
                                                                      3122 W Burbank Blvd, Burbank, CA 91505

                                                                      5825 Whittier Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90022

                                                                      Brent's Delicatessen & Rstrnt - duplicate
                                                                      19565 Parthenia St, Los Angeles, CA 91324

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                                                                        WildSwede RE: DiveFan Sep 4, 2007 09:43 AM

                                                                        I was just thinking of him this weekend. I miss seeing him chime in on these 'dog posts. Hope all is well with him.
                                                                        You left out Cupid's - 2 locations: Lindley just south of Nordhoff in Northridge and Vanowen just west of Winnetka in Reseda. Also, there is another QTs on Reseda and Parthenia. Larry's (which you already mentioned) is one of my faves.
                                                                        Still have to make it to Portillo's and Chronis.

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                                                                          WildSwede RE: tritip Sep 4, 2007 02:42 PM

                                                                          No, thanks for the info. I miss him!! ;-)

                                                                        2. re: DiveFan
                                                                          maxzook RE: DiveFan Sep 5, 2007 08:14 PM

                                                                          Steve is alive and well and is busy with this:


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                                                                            PommeDeGuerre RE: maxzook Sep 5, 2007 09:11 PM

                                                                            Good. If you know him, would you ask him to chime in now and again?

                                                                        3. Skunk2Racer RE: goldenroxy Sep 4, 2007 10:51 AM

                                                                          i Like OKI DOG It's a Flour tortilla wrapped around 2 extra long hot dogs, covered with chili, cheese, & Pastrami. I always ask the grill guy to add "YASAI" Japanese for vegetables grilled onions, peppers & Cabbage. If you go to the Pico Location Tell them Hiroshi sent you.....

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                                                                            ns1 RE: Skunk2Racer Sep 5, 2007 11:06 AM

                                                                            oki dog is delicious. the most amazing thing is the dogs are presented perfectly neatly, when things exactly where they are supposed to be. the chili dogs are perfectly sized, fitting neatly into your mouth. the chili stays on top of the hot dog. truly a fantastic hot dog shack.

                                                                          2. maxzook RE: goldenroxy Sep 4, 2007 11:55 AM

                                                                            I have to qualify that it's been years since I've had a Barney's Beanery hot dog, which was really more of a barbecue-grilled knockwurst. I usually prefer my tube steaks steamed since grilling tends to dry them out, but the Barney's dogs were big enough that they could get the outsides crisp and dark without overcooking the insides.

                                                                            Curious to know if they're still as good ...

                                                                            Barney's Beanery
                                                                            8447 Santa Monica Blvd, West Hollywood, CA 90069

                                                                            1. PommeDeGuerre RE: goldenroxy Sep 4, 2007 02:51 PM

                                                                              A hot dog convo without anything from Steve Doggie-Dogg? Where are you sir? The Dog-Lovin' masses await.

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                                                                              1. re: PommeDeGuerre
                                                                                tritip RE: PommeDeGuerre Sep 6, 2007 02:36 PM

                                                                                He has risen! New blog entry about Pink's on http://hotdogspot.com

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                                                                                diaz RE: goldenroxy Sep 4, 2007 07:22 PM

                                                                                My all time favorite is Chroni's Hot Dogs in ELA on Whittier Blvd. The Chili Dog is amazing. It's completely worth whatever drive you have to make to get there.

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                                                                                  maxzook RE: diaz Sep 5, 2007 09:00 AM

                                                                                  YAHDL (Yet Another Hot Dog Link)

                                                                                  5825 Whittier Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90022

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                                                                                    WildSwede RE: maxzook Sep 5, 2007 09:32 AM

                                                                                    Thanks for these! ;-)

                                                                                2. burnnemmdownn RE: goldenroxy Jan 19, 2010 02:51 PM

                                                                                  fab dogs in reseda has the best hot dogs that ive ever had.

                                                                                  theres a place called jerry's dogs in the valley i think that has good wood fire dogs, its like the subway of hot dogs, you tell them the dog you want then they take it to a little stand where they have all the condiments and they ask you what you want on it. its amazing. theyre home made chips are great aswell. :)


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                                                                                    TomSwift RE: burnnemmdownn Jan 19, 2010 03:07 PM

                                                                                    Fab is truly fabulous. The steam dog with simple condiments is one of my favorites. The more elaborate toppings/preparations are really good and flavorful but often mask the flavor of the dog.

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                                                                                      namstermonster RE: burnnemmdownn Jan 19, 2010 04:10 PM

                                                                                      my exp at fab's was the very opposite. the dog had a very funny taste.. like some imitation meat.. couldn't even finish it. i'd even rather have a boring oscar mayer than that again. blechh. on another note, the frito pie wasn't bad.

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                                                                                        maudies5 RE: namstermonster Jan 19, 2010 04:26 PM

                                                                                        After having a hot dog from Let's Be Frank, all other hot dogs will pale by comparison.I tried the regular hot dog and the bratwurst. I loved them both. These are fabulous dogs.
                                                                                        I had mine at their Truck in the Helm's Bakery complex. I understand they also have a location on Abbott Kinney.

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                                                                                          Will Owen RE: maudies5 Jan 19, 2010 04:52 PM

                                                                                          Okay, I'm opposite both you guys! All the dogs I tasted at Fab's were drop-dead delicious; we were all swapping bites and to hell with the cooties, like a bunch of starved kindergartners. As for Let's Be Frank, those are cool people in a cool truck and it was a cool scene - out in front of Silver Lake Liquor on a big wine-tasting night - so what's not to like? The weirdest excuse for a bratwurst is what. Bad enough that it was skinny and brown, but what a strange flavor. Not BAD, just... really not bratwurst. Mrs. O had a bite and said she wouldn't eat it; I didn't think it was inedible, and I don't throw food away unless it's gonna make me ill...

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                                                                                            mrshankly RE: Will Owen Jan 19, 2010 05:33 PM

                                                                                            My experience with Let's Be Frank has also been the same as WIll's. The dog was practically inedible and I wanted to enjoy it. It had a bitter aftertaste with a "grainy" texture like I've run into with certain tofu products imitating meat counterparts... only worse I tried their dog again a few weeks later in an effort to gain some perspective and give it another shot and the experience was the same. Such a shame because the owners seem really nice with good intentions with regards to the quality and composition of their dogs. It's just not the same or even close to a good hot dog.

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                                                                                              jencounter RE: Will Owen Jan 19, 2010 05:43 PM

                                                                                              I am just finishing up the last bites of a Fab's ripper with chili and cheese and I have to agree: this is the best hot dog I've ever had. And I don't even *like* hot dogs that much.

                                                                                              My son had the texas burrito concoction (it's two dogs with chili, cheese, fritos and I think bacon) and for the first time, I've experienced this 'snap' that everyone talks about and I realized...this is why I've never cared for hot dogs: because they don't taste like this.

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                                                                                                MarlaPR RE: jencounter Jan 20, 2010 09:32 AM

                                                                                                I agree! Fab's is the bomb!!!

                                                                                            2. re: maudies5
                                                                                              a_and_w RE: maudies5 Jan 20, 2010 07:35 AM

                                                                                              I like the dogs at Let's Be Frank. I'm not usually a fan of grass-fed beef in dogs and burgers, but I thought these had nice flavor and snap. I also enjoyed the "hot" (i.e., spicy) dog, though there was some gristle. Like Will, however, the bratwurst tasted weird to me. I've never encountered the grainy texture Mr. Shankly describes, but have had dogs that lack snap on occasion. I think it might have something to do with low turnover at non-peak times.

                                                                                              PS: Would still kill for a Top Dog clone in LA.

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                                                                                                wienermobile RE: a_and_w Jan 20, 2010 07:57 AM

                                                                                                I love hot dogs and Let's be Frank just didn't do it for me as much as I wanted to like it. For me it's Carneys , Cupids and my favorite Portillo's

                                                                                                1. re: wienermobile
                                                                                                  maxzook RE: wienermobile Jan 20, 2010 08:10 AM

                                                                                                  I think you mean Portillo's ... ?

                                                                                                  Portillo's Hot Dogs
                                                                                                  8390 La Palma Ave, Buena Park, CA 90620

                                                                                        2. orythedog RE: goldenroxy Jan 20, 2010 11:19 AM

                                                                                          I like the red eye (spicy polish) extra well done with heavy yellow mustard at Carney's in Studio City.

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