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May 25, 2009 10:19 AM

Best hot dog in LA?

Hi. Some friends & I are planning a three-location tour of LA hot dog stands, and we're hitting Pink's, Oki-Dog, & Skooby's in one afternoon. It's a truly horrible idea, and so once we came up with it, we HAD to do it. Suicidal? Yes...but also tasty. But in discussing it, lots of other folks said, "You should go should go there..." We've been told Yaki's, Let's Be Frank, The Stand, Tommy's, Vicious Dogs, Papoo's, and Carney's. I just thought of Hot Dog On A Stick...

I know in LA the burger has been elevated to a gourmet art form, but the hot dog seems to have so far escaped this fate. That said, what do people think are the BEST hot dogs in LA?

I'm partial to Skooby's. And am I alone in abhorring Pink's?

Here's our event, you all should's just a buncha folks getting together for what we've dubbed the Hot Dog Death March. Cuz we're just fans of LA and its hot dog stands.

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  1. Say what you will, but I like Pinks. They serve Hoffy dogs and their Polish dogs are good too. Forget the Oki Dog and check out Fabs Hot Dogs in Reseda.

    Saturday I went to Portillo's in Buena Park (I've been many times) and enjoyed their Chicago dog. Their hot dogs are served on steamed poppy seed buns and they serve Vienna Beef hot dogs. Worth checking out if you've never been.

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

    Fab Hot Dogs (location as of May 2010)
    19417 Victory Blvd, Reseda, CA 91335

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    1. re: monku

      Portillo's is my favorite in all of LA. What a great snap on those dogs.

    2. The Stand and Tommy's use Cantella's hot dogs which I think are a notch below Vienna and Hoffy's.

      The Stand is having a 2 for 1 Hot Dogs and Burgers today (Memorial Weekend special) until 5pm special for Stand Card holders (easy to get right there on the spot). I checked it out Saturday night after going to Portillo's.

      Otherwise after 5pm Mondays(tonight too) its $1 hot dogs (standard dogs) and $2 beers.

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      1. re: monku

        A special today?! That's awesome!!!

      2. After your daytime death march, go get some drinks at the Burgundy Room or Beauty Bar (or anywhere on the Cahuenga Corridor), and get one of the bacon wrapped street dogs at 2 AM from the street vendors that are always out there. Hands down my favorite dog in the city.

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        1. re: schrutefarms

          For me the 'street dogs' are the best. Those cheap weenies sure taste good when you add the bacon, grilled jalapenos and onions etc. etc..........
          Second best is Fabs followed by Scoobies!
          Hey Hot Dog Spot Steve and Hot Dog Slob, time for an update!

          6654 Hollywood Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90028

        2. Cupids on Victory Blvd. in Van Nuys was my favorite growing up.

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          1. re: wienermobile

            I miss the cupids on Victory too but the one on Lindly and Nordhoff is a carbon copy of the Van Nuys one. Also the Costco in Northridge still has Hebrew National hot dogs.

          2. My vote goes to Fab's. Worth it for the garlic tater tots alone...

            I'd eat a Costco dog over Pinks.

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              1. re: lucindamichele

                Yes, that's right. They have (on the menu) tater tots, and garlic ranch fries.

                They will be more than willing to combine the 2 creations :)

                1. re: ns1

                  I actually prefer the regular tater tots to the garlic fries. The garlic is a bit excessive for me.

                  On the hot dog front, I've liked the Fab hot dogs I tried, but I just cannot bypass the spicy polish sausage. I believe it's by the same people who did the Wiener Factory polish sausages and it is incredible. My favorite is to get the firecracker polish sausage with the mexicali topping (spicy chipotle sauce, grilled onions, guacamole, and sour cream).

                  1. re: Jwsel

                    The firecracker is definitely a beast. Full of peppers, not for the pansy at heart.

              2. re: ns1

                How are the Costco hot dogs since they switched brands of dog meat (from Hebrew National and Sinai to their own Kirkland brand?
                Although a bit off topic, I had a Double Bacon Cheeseburger at Fab's yesterday and it was cooked rare as ordered and really juicy and so good, best fast food burger in L.A.!

                1. re: sel

                  I don't know, it was more a jab at Pink's crappy hotdog vs Costco's awesome hotdog lol

                  I agree though, Fab's is one of the best fast food hamburgers in LA. It's hard for me sometimes to decide if I want a hamburger or a hotdog...when I'm a pig, I get both =X

                  1. re: sel

                    I remember Costco dogs from a few years ago as being pretty good, but was disappointed when I tried one at the Lincoln/Washington location a couple weeks ago. It kind of lacked flavor.

                  2. re: ns1

                    Pink's has a 12" jalepeno dog/sausage, it is heaven, just get it with mustard & onions, no chili.

                    1. re: Burger Boy

                      Yeah I gave Pink's two tries, I'm in no hurry to return.

                      Don't get me wrong though, I think the dog itself has a pretty nice snap, it's everything else that I despise.