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ISO "New York onions" (hot dog topping - NOT Pink's)

maxzook Jun 2, 2009 10:45 AM

When Wiener Factory closed, I lost one of my last reliable sources for one of my favorite excuses for eating hot dogs: the topping of onions cooked in a thin seasoned red sauce, commonly known as "New York onions" or "pushcart onions" for the NYC vendors that serve it. More recently I've appreciated N.Y. onions at the Stand in Encino, but now they've taken them off the menu.

I know that Pink's still serves this (they call it "red spicy onions"), but between the parking and the service I've never been a huge fan.

Can anyone suggest a good L. A. hot-dog vendor that still serves hot dogs or sausages this way?

  1. maxzook Jun 3, 2009 10:11 AM

    Thank you all for the suggestions. I had tried the Boar's Head Vidalia onions years ago , but that's more of a relish (the onions I have in mind aren't made with vinegar).

    I went to Fab's about four months ago and asked for NY-style onions, either he was out or he didn't seem to understand but all he had at the time were raw and grilled.

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      silence9 Jun 4, 2009 08:56 AM

      Hi maxzook... Fab's definitely has the ny red onion sauce now, as I went there this past Tuesday evening and had the red onion sauce on their Manhattan Dog. That dog also has (good)sauerkraut and mustard, and alas the red onion sauce gets a bit lost in the mix. but you can have the red onion sauce slathered on a plain dog for an additional 35 cents... By the way, on Tuesday, they had just finished a film shoot at Fab's, where Guy Fieri did a segment for his Diners, Drive-Ins, and Dives series. The Fab's team were pretty stoked, and said the episode would air on August 10th, i believe...

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      TomSwift Jun 2, 2009 01:13 PM

      There is a Sabrett cart almost every weekday on Townsgate in Westlake Village, just west of Westlake Blvd. which has the Sabrett onions. Dogs are $3.50.

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        Bria Silbert Jun 2, 2009 01:24 PM

        I know this sounds bizarre, but the Albertson's near me (in West Los Angeles) sells Nathan's hot dog onions in a glass jar in the refrigerated section. Don't know if all the Albertson's do, but it's worth checking out!

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          JimmyC Jun 2, 2009 03:19 PM

          sprouts has them i make my own at home copycat recipes on puter yum brown mustard sauerkraut onions and a steamed bun and at papaya king

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            a_and_w Aug 7, 2009 09:18 AM

            Both Sabrett and Nathan's make versions of the stuff. Like Bria, I've seen them at Albertson's. Truly vile in my (minority) opinion. I thought I'd left it behind in NYC LOL!

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          silence9 Jun 2, 2009 01:02 PM

          Hi... Fab's Hot Dogs (on Tampa, in Reseda) will apply 'New York red onion sauce' on one of their dogs for 35 cents. They also have one of their signature dogs (The Manhattan Dog) with the red onion sauce already applied, along with saurkraut and mustard)...

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            duhitsvictoria Jun 2, 2009 12:55 PM

            nybd - new york bagel deli on wilshire & 23rd in santa monica sells sabrett's onions. the owner is from new york. they also sell sabrett's hot dogs at the deli.

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              Jack Flash Jun 2, 2009 12:46 PM

              I don't know of any vendors, but Boar's Head sells a vidalia onion relish, consisting of onions in a reddish sauce, that sounds like what you're looking for. It's been a long time since I had a hot dog in NY, and I think I got only mustard & kraut because I don't remember the onions.

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                schrutefarms Jun 2, 2009 12:56 PM

                Yep, Boar's Head makes the "red onions" in small jars. They have them at Ralphs.

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                js76wisco Jun 2, 2009 10:51 AM

                They sell the pre-packaged NY style red onions at the Bristol Farms in Beverly Hills. There is nothing better than a dog with mustard and onions. If you're like me yellow mustard doesn't exist only Gulden's or some fascimile will do. I won't allow yellow mustard inside of my house.

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                  maxzook Jun 5, 2009 02:28 PM

                  Do you know what they're called at Bristol Farms? I've been on their shopping website and I can't find them. Thanks!

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