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  • Laurie May 13, 2001 09:07 PM
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Does anyone know where I can find good Chicago-style pizza or hot dogs (preferably Vienna beef with bright green relish) in the L.A. area?

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  1. Mustard's Chicago Style
    3387 Atlantic Ave
    Long Beach, CA
    (562) 427-6435

    On the inland side of the I-405, across Atlantic from the Chevron. They also have my favorite burger these days; small patty, juicy and flavorful.

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    1. re: Heather

      Try Chicago-Chicago Pizza in Irvine. They have very good deep dish pizza and Chicago Italian Beef sandwiches. They've been there for at least 5 years.

      4533 Campus Drive
      Irvine, CA
      (949) 854-3000

    2. BJ's Brewery and Numero Uno for pizza.

      1. The Chicago style dogs are supposed to be very authentic at Ruben's Red Hots, in Sherman Oaks, just west of Sepulveda on Ventura Blvd.

        1. We used to have a Pizzaria Uno (not the same as Numero Uno as previous poster suggested), which was advertised as the same back home, but there was no comparison. They've since closed down. Don't know if Chicago Pizza Works (West LA) is still around, but they're the closest I've had to real Chicago Pizza. BJ's pie is a waste of time as well.

          There's a hot dog joint, I believe on Fair Oaks in Pasadena that advertises authentic Chicago style dogs, and they use nothing but vienna beef. We used to hit a spot on Harbor Blvd. in Anaheim (across from Target), but I think they're gone now.

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          1. re: graphracker

            Chicago Pizza Works in WLA has been closed for at least a year. May it RI(P)izza.

          2. For very good Chicago style hot dogs, go to:

            Rubin's Red Hot
            15322 Ventura Blvd. (half block west of
            Sepulveda)
            Sherman Oaks, CA 91403
            (818) 905-6515

            Rubin's Red Hot even has a piece of track from the "L" on its roof.

            I usually get the Chicago Polish Dog dressed Chicago style.

            1. There is no good Chicago-style pizza in LA, at least not in any restaurants. Sorry. It's a constant disappointment to me.

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              1. re: mattsnow

                I agree that there's no good Chicago-style pizza in Loa Angeles. But there's no good Chicago-style pizza in Chicago either. So what's the surprise?

                For clarification, read the link below.

                Link: http://www.chowhound.com/topics/show/...

                1. re: Tom Armitage

                  First of all, Chicago Deep Dish pizza is great. You just have to know how to order it. The best places to go to are Lou Malnati's, Gino's East, and Due's. I prefer Lou Malnati's the best. To start, they don't pour on the cheese. But, I still ask for easy cheese. Then, I ask for it to be prepared well done. Finally, ASK for the BUTTERCRUST. It's the way to go. You seem to complain about the most insignificant ingredient: cheese. Any REAL pizza lover KNOWS that the crust and sauce are the most important factors. Cheese is cheese...you can't screw it up. Now, any real REAL Chicago pizza lover should know that Chicago's thincrust, cut in squares, is the truly best pizza anywhere. Forget the deepdish! Try Pat's, Barnaby's in Northbrook, or D'agostino's, to name a few. Gotta run, enjoy your inferior New York Style garbage......

                  1. re: Marc Malitz

                    You need to calm down and think about what you're saying. First you say, "Chicago Deep Dish pizza is great." Then you say, "Forget the deepdish" and that "any real REAL Chicago pizza lover should know that Chicago's thincrust, cut in squares, is the truly best pizza anywhere." So which is it? Is Chicago deep dish great, or should we forget it?

                    Inconsistency aside, I agree that, for pizza, the crust is the star of the show. But I've yet to have a Chicago deep dish, including all those you mention, that has a decent crust. You're free to disagree, of course. But that's been my experience.

                    1. re: Tom Armitage

                      Try BJ's Chicago Pizzeria in Westwood, it's on Broxton between Weyburn and Le Conte.
                      I don't know about their deep dish, but their stuffed crust is great.
                      I just came back from Chicago- I brought a pizza as my carry-on. I really didn't want to leave the place.