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The Infield

JackonCrack May 3, 2008 11:06 AM

Anyone been to this new hot dog place that replaced THE DIP on Ventura in Sherman Oaks??

THE INFIELD
4333 Ventura Blvd,
Sherman Oaks, CA
t. 818.501.1850

saw a menu on Thrillist: http://www.thrillist.com/send-image.h...

but was curious is anyone had been out there yet?

  1. Debbie W May 3, 2008 04:55 PM

    Gosh, I think they just opened today. The s'more dog sounds disgusting.

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    1. re: Debbie W
      JeffW May 3, 2008 06:33 PM

      Is that s'more dog a joke??? And I thought that I'd try anything---NO WAY!

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        carter May 3, 2008 06:46 PM

        Amen to that!
        Actually, it appears that this Infield is still owned by the people who owned the Dip, as the Dip Chili is on at least one of these dogs.
        Seriously, though, s'mores?!

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      rocktheglobe May 6, 2008 08:11 AM

      The "Twinkie Dog" was stolen from the movie "UHF"...

      1. Akitist May 6, 2008 08:27 AM

        Mmmm, the address needs a "1" in front.

        1. stochasticgirl May 6, 2008 12:52 PM

          I haven't tried it, but after hearing about the s'mores dog, I gotta try it.

          1. mrshankly May 6, 2008 04:20 PM

            Went there today and tried the Classic Infield and the New Yorker. The hot dogs are steamed which saps most of the flavor out of them and they are served on cheap buns that seem to be bought right out of your local grocery store. Both hot dogs had a snap to them from the casing but that's about it... nothing special in flavor. Overall, both are mediocre dogs that can be topped by either Nathan's or Hebrew National straight out of the market... or even a consistent and hearty Costco hot dog. When ordering, I asked for both dogs plain but they still put their signature "red onion sauce" on the New Yorker. The sauce isn't good nor is it even tasty... it's downright disgusting and doesn't belong anywhere near a hot dog. I know this review is harsh but for a place that specializes in authentic hot dogs, it really falls far short of the mark in an already weak city of hot dogs. The owners should've expanded on The Dip because this place has nowhere near the thought or heart that The Dip had in it. BTW, I think they still serve items from the original Dip menu so at least there's something going for it. Oh yeah, they're also open until midnight on weekdays, 3am on Fridays and Saturdays, and "???" on Sundays (literally the hours they have posted for Sunday). Hot dog fans can try it to mark it off of their list but don't expect anything worth returning for.

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            1. re: mrshankly
              Debbie W May 6, 2008 10:06 PM

              My husband tried it yesterday. He had the classic. He said the dog itself was fine in flavor/snap but the bun was not fresh nor was it warmed. The temperature of the dog was lukewarm. He loves hot dogs and said this one wasn't worth it and he probably wouldn't go back. FWIW he also recently tried Brats Brothers and didn't like what he had there. We're still lamenting the loss of the Weiner Factory.

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              mar52 May 6, 2008 10:29 PM

              I don't like that The Dip is trying to profit on the Weiner Factory's misfortune of losing it's lease.

              Do you think they would have changed to hot dogs if the Weiner Factory was still there and all the press about it's closing didn't occur?

              Sure the menu is varied, but please...

              The Dip first tried to copy Phillipe's. Guess it didn't work for them.

              On to weiners.

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                GK in SO May 7, 2008 07:37 AM

                Maybe if they hurry, they can beat the Stinkberry (that's supposed to be built at WF's former location) into the yogurt biz!

                Wow, thanks for pointing out about the copying thing...another reason not to try this place out.

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                  carter Jun 19, 2008 10:12 AM

                  Keep in mind that the Dip was no longer making it, and they had to do something, and the timing of WF's closing probably made the decision that much easier, and the price of hot dogs is probably less than most of the meats they were selling when it was the Dip, and thus the product became more user-friendly in this down economy.
                  If you were in the same situation, you too might have made that decision.

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                    alexfood Jun 19, 2008 11:27 AM

                    What's with the vitriol? Did you like the hot dogs or not? If an Italian restaurant closes and another opens in the same neighborhood, is that somehow unethical? Is Phillipe's the only place allowed to make French dips? I try not to hate on people in the restaurant biz unless they have bad food or bad service. I went to the Infield last night for the first time, and fortunately, they had neither. I got a chili-cheese dog & a Dr. Brown's root beer, and it was well above-average. Tasty chili, a good Sabrett's dog (steamed). Definitely better than The Stand (another hot dog stand in the Valley within a mile radius of the Weiner Factory for you to boycott, Mar52). My prize still goes to Marty's on Pico; they cook the dogs on the griddle, and the slightly charred taste is a winner for me.

                    1. re: alexfood
                      Debbie W Jun 19, 2008 04:13 PM

                      I'd say the Stand is quite a bit further than a mile. But that's not your exact point, and I don't have any bad feelings toward the Stand or even toward the Infield (although I never went to the Dip because I don't like French dip sandwiches in the slightest and would never eat one). But I've lived in the neighborhood for almost 20 years and I am still quite bummed out about the closing of the Weiner Factory. Very bummed indeed, especially as the building sits empty month after month. I could have been eating so many more red cabbage and cheese dogs. Not to mention Kevin would still be in business. More power to the Infield if they can make a go of it with their hot dogs, but I'm still not feeling like eating hot dogs in the neighborhood because I will inevitably be reminded of the WF and then I'll be sad.

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                        mar52 Jun 19, 2008 10:34 PM

                        I don't hate The Infield. I don't like their stale buns.

                        I've tried them a few times now and it's hit or miss.

                        The huge HOT DOG banner was the turnoff.

                        QT's gets my hot dog business now.

                        Everyone is entitled. The timing was bad.

                        1. re: mar52
                          wutzizname Jun 25, 2008 11:59 AM

                          QT's?

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                            mar52 Jun 25, 2008 12:58 PM

                            QT's is in the same shopping center as Carousel... on Woodman, north of Ventura.

                            It shares space with a liquor store.

                            Had a Chicago Dog there the other day and it was quite good. No real sport peppers or cucumbers, but they do have neon relish.

                            Their hotdog of choice is the Vienna which I like.

                            You can also pay $1 more and get a hot dog with a natural casing.

                            1. re: mar52
                              Debbie W Jun 25, 2008 01:52 PM

                              Carnival, not Carousel. I know you know that, probably just a little glitch, but thought I would clarify for others here.

                              My problem with QT's is that it's so darn depressing inside, and I'm not a fan of bringing them home, they need to be eaten right away.

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                                mar52 Jun 25, 2008 10:17 PM

                                ACK! I knew that!

                                It is depressing inside. I don't know how to describe it. It's just so lacking but the dogs are good.

                                I usually bring them back to my shop to eat them, but I ate there the last time. I felt like I was being watched! It was weird.

                                But tasty!

                                1. re: Debbie W
                                  Kate is always hungry Jun 25, 2008 10:27 PM

                                  It's depressing inside because a long, long time ago, it was a Dale's Jr. Market--from at least the early '60's. When Dale's moved out, it was occupied by Short Stop which is a convenience store, no remodeling done. A while later, I seem to recall, QT showed up. No remodeling, just a counter, tables and chairs. I live around the corner and I never eat there. I don't recall it having friendly service. Especially when I brought in a coupon they sent out to get me in.

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                                  ozhead Jul 18, 2008 02:04 PM

                                  There is another QT's store at Topanga and Ventura -- a couple of doors north of the Western Bagel there.

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                          kstar143 Jun 10, 2008 02:17 PM

                          I had the West Virginian. I love love love the dips chili so I had to have it. $4 for a huge hot dog smothered in chili....how can you go wrong?!?! I'm with you guys on the s'mores dog...but seriously who goes to a hot dog place and gets dessert and then complains that it doesn't taste good.

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                            Muhlyssa Jun 25, 2008 10:29 PM

                            Is it a sign of the new (bad) economy that we've got two new hot dog/Brat places in a similar area in a short period of time? I know hot dogs and Brats are not the same, but the general idea (to me) same. Brats Bros told me that their location wasn't doing all that well but they are getting so much good feedback they have big expansion plans.

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                              mar52 Jun 26, 2008 10:22 AM

                              Quote: Is it a sign of the new (bad) economy that we've got two new hot dog/Brat places in a similar area in a short period of time?

                              I don't think that's the case.

                              I also don't consider Brat Brothers in the equation. They are entirely different. Not really a hot dog place.

                              I don't know how anyone can pay the rent selling hot dogs or brats or painting fingernails for that matter.

                              The landlords on Ventura Bl are merciless. I sold my store in October because my lease was up. There was no way I could pay what the landlord wanted after my being there 15 years.

                              1. re: mar52
                                Muhlyssa Jul 17, 2008 08:00 PM

                                I've wondered about this too. There are so many stores on Ventura that I never see anyone in. Sorry to hear about having to sell your store.

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                                  mar52 Jul 20, 2008 08:47 AM

                                  Thanks, The good thing is I still work there. I have money in the bank and a weekly paycheck now.

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                                trojans Jul 17, 2008 10:05 PM

                                They are opening a brat brothers on 3rd street and La Cienega

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                              ray9x Jun 30, 2008 08:07 PM

                              It really isn't that good. The menu is intriguing. The fact that they offer Hebrew National, Dodger, Sabretts and Papa Cantella dogs drew me in but... really, the preparation left too much to be desired. Had the "Fire Starter" on the Cantella dog and it was just... okay. Nothing special. The meat tasted bland and the toppings outweighed the dog a bit too much (and they weren't that good either... esp. the cheese!).

                              The guys working the counter were cool. They had Doc Browns root beer. But those were the only pluses. I really, really want to like this place. But I can't. Yet. Maybe it'll get better...

                              QT's is damn good. I just get my food and walk around the block while eating it.

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                                shelleykelly Jul 20, 2008 11:03 AM

                                For any of you who saw "Borat", this place (and The Dip before it) is owned by the short fat guy who co-starred with SBC.

                                He mentioned it on Larry King.

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                                1. re: shelleykelly
                                  SecretAsianMan Jul 20, 2008 12:53 PM

                                  I was impressed with the chili dog...full of flavor and good, tasty toppings. The chili was more than the usual LA-oozing-glop. Much better than Pink's.

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