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Jun 29, 2008 01:42 PM

Good hot dog in OC?


Where can a guy get a good hot dog in Orange County? Something akin to Pinks of LA, only within driving distance.

And by good hot dog, I mean good ingredients, crazy toppings etc.

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  1. Easy.

    PCH dogs in Orange. Great chili dogs, you can even get chicago or new york dogs. In my opinion the chili and dogs here are both better than Pink's.

    You can also hit up Mustards in Los Alamitos for Vienna Beef Chi-town dogs.

    There's also Jerry's Dogs in Santa Ana for grilled dogs with a wide variety of toppings and fixin's. They also carry sausages like bratwurst and chicken sausages, etc.

    3 Replies
    1. re: kevin

      I love PCH dogs. It's like a little random hut in the parking lot of a grocery store, but it's so good. The fries were good too, iirc.

      I live fairly close to Portillo's. It's at Stanton/La Palma, close to Knott's Berry Farm. The hot dogs there are OK, I guess, they're from Chicago.

      1. re: kingkong5

        portillos aint bad pch eh try portillos italin beef

        1. re: JimmyC

          Better yet at Portillos, the combo sandwich. Italian beef w/ sausage stuffed inside. Artery-clogging goodness. Hot dogs are good too, with a good snap to 'em. No "crazy toppings" though.

    2. Carm's Coneys is my new favorite place in OC for hot dogs.

      Carm's Coneys: New York's Finest Coney's & Franks
      488 E 17th St, Costa Mesa, CA 92627

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      1. re: Wonginator

        Can you describe further Wonginator?

        Also, are any of the dogs all beef?

        And lastly do they have chili there? And is it the PCH, or Tommy's, or Pink's type of chili, i.e. California style or is something unique by way of the Detroit Coney dogs or Michigan dogs?


        1. re: kevin

          They have the Coney, which is the all-white veal Hoffman's of Syracuse

          They also have the all-beef Frank, by Hoffman's of Syracuse.

          I've had the mixed double, which has one Coney and one Frank in one large bun. Excellent.

          They also have the red or white hots, which is the Zwiegel from Rochester. Haven't tried this yet.

          They aslo have the City Dog, which is a Sabrett's. Haven'tr tried this yet.

          Their 1/4 lb'er is the beef Hoffman's frank. This was very good.

          I'm not typically a hot dog guy, as I tend to favor the bratwursts, Italian and Polish sausages. But everytime I've ordered a hot dog at Carm's Coneys, it's been excellent.

          They do have chili, and it can be added on, or ordered separately in a cup or bowl. I haven't tried it yet.

          I like the hot dogs at Carm's Coneys much more than at Jerry's Dogs. At Jerry's, I prefer the Polish sausage, the Jalapeno Hot Link, and the other sausages.

          1. re: Wonginator

            I'm a fan of PCH dogs too. Have you tried it?

            They ain't fancy like the dogs imported from NY that Carm's does, but it's still good.

            1. re: kevin

              If you mean Pacific Coast Hot Dogs , I haven't tried them yet, so I can't give a comparison.

              1. re: Wonginator

                Yes, Pacific Coast Dogs.

                There's on in Orange, and the other in Huntington Beach.

      2. Cart at Fashion Island (by the Apple store).

        1. Are there any bacon-wrapped "dirty" dogs in OC like what you'd find in LA? I think I once saw them at the farmer's market across from UCI a few years ago, but they weren't there the last few times I visited.