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Mar 11, 2008 09:08 PM

Death of a Salesvendor's Bacon-Wrapped Hot Dog [moved from L.A. board]

So this may be old news I guess. Though I haven't found anything related to it on chow yet. The amazing, delicious, wonderful bacon-wrapped hot dog that you can buy on the street is now illegal.

It makes me sad to live in a world where such a thing is founded to be illegal; where something so beautiful cannot be shared with the world. Like fois gras in Chicago, the law has taken something that is such a tantalizing pleasure from us. I am still in mourning as this news is new to me; I don't live in LA so I have not seen the full effects, but now, no longer can I enjoy this on my occasional trip up to the City of Angels.

If anyone does have any first-hand experience what it really is like now, or if the law really is enforced. Please do share.

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  1. bacon dogs...never did see the beauty in them. ya, sure I've tried them, but gimme an old fashion dog with kraut and mustard and I am happy as a lark!

    I'll check with a friend who works in the garment district to see if them thar dogs are still a howlin' to speak...


    8 2 much!

    1. Whoops did forget to explicitly mention that it affects only Los Angeles. So no more TJ hot dogs for us on the streets.

      1. I used to find them at Staples Center after a game and they weren't around the last time I was there. But they still set up outside of certain clubs, and I had one just last week, grilled and everything. Tastes even better knowing it's illegal.

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        1. re: MeAndroo

          Wow, a hot dog wrapped in bacon.

          Sounds yummy. Nothing like that here in New York.

            1. re: Servorg

              I feel guilty and almost salivating just reading that.

              1. re: Servorg

                so what is the white sauce/dressing on that?

                1. re: soupkitten

                  Tastes like straight up mayo to me.

                  1. re: Servorg

                    thanks for the quick answer. that's what i thought, but you never know. it does look delicious btw. is the picture exactly how the bacon-wrapped hot dog comes: "normally," or "all the way," or is the picture of a particular vendor's offerings? what's the exact language i would use to get what is pictured in your post, if i walked up to the bacon-wrapped hot dog vendor outside of a club in la? thanks!

                    1. re: soupkitten

                      Just say "I'll take one with everything," though even if you say that, the odds are pretty good they'll ask you about every single ingredient anyway. :)

                      When I go, they usually have bell peppers grilled up too. Throw a splash or two of tapatio on top and I am in HEAVEN.

                      BTW, they still serve bacon wrapped hot dogs at the farmer's market downtown on Wednesdays, so if you're craving one, you can always go there.

          1. In Chicago, we used to get francheezies - a kosher hot dog split open, stick a piece of Am cheese inside, wrap in bacon and grill. Twenty years later I would call it a heart attack on a bun, but, boy did they taste good! Wonder if they still make them in all the Greek diners in Chicago?

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            1. re: Diane in Bexley

              That's a hot dog wrapped in a slice of raw bacon? I have 'got' to try making one of these!

              1. re: dolores

                Dolores, yes, wrap the stuffed hot dog in a slice of raw bacon, secure with a couple of wet wooden toothpicks and grill/broil. Wish my cholesterol could support it still, my mouth is watering!

                1. re: Diane in Bexley

                  When I was about 10 we lived in Chicago, and went to this diner (don't think it was greek, though) and that is exactly what I always had. Cheese stuffed, bacon wrapped hot dog! So good! I have tried to replicate them, but the cheese melts too quickly and oozes out before the bacon gets cooked. But I haven't been using kosher dogs - do you think that would make a difference? I have lived in many different towns and cities and Chicago is the only place I have seen those dogs.

                  1. re: danhole

                    Dan, although it does seem sacreligious (you aren't supposed to mix dairy & meat if you are kosher), kosher hot dogs are all that we ever buy at home. They do have a thicker casing, so maybe that does the trick. Haven't made these in years, but when I did, used 1 1/2 to 3/4 in stick of cheese, so maybe that helps to in not melting too quickly. Cut a deep pocket in hot dog so it really is enclosed well. Make sure you soak wooden toothpicks in water, so you won't light them under broiler or grill,

                2. re: dolores

                  These were a staple of my childhood! Now I find them very heavy, but oh, so tasty! They're one of the few things to which I must add catsup. Yummy!

              2. You can still get them outside of my old workplace. Lucas Street, downtown LA, between Wilshire and 6th street. Right across from Good Samaritan Hospital on the east side. Count on burping it up all afternoon. Also really cheap.

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                1. re: sibaik

                  They're very good but on average I see them priced at $5, once in a while $4. I wouldn't call that really cheap.

                  But they are a great in between meal snack with everything loaded on it and lots of hot sauce.