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Jul 5, 2009 09:20 PM

Best Hot Dogs

MMmm. I love the Frank Dog at Let's Be Frank at the Helms Bakery complex, especially with the grilled onions and homemade pickles.

The dogs at Brats Brothers on Ventura Blvd are amazing. I'm going through the exotic meats one at a time.

I've been to the Stand and to Pinks but Let's Be Frank and Brats Brothers has both beat. Any where else for good dogs?

Mike Lee

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  1. I'm a big fan of Jerry's Wood-Fired Dogs in OC. Several locations...standard beef dogs, sausages, and burgers are all great. See:

    1. Try Fab in the Valley, Rockin Hot Dogs, take it from Hot Dog Boy, I mean Burger Boy. Get some tater tots to go with the dogs.

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

      1. Love the dogs and burgers served at Carney's!

        1. Portillos hot dogs in Buena Park near Knotts has great Chicago dogs.

          1. Fab's hot dogs is the "best" I've had in LA... wasn't too impressed with Let's Be Frank but I think I was expecting all of the ingredients that they don't put in it to be there that makes a hot dog taste great.

            Costco hot dog isn't too bad.

            Just save yourself the trouble and order a sack of dogs from Top Dog in Berkeley and don't look back... best dog you'll ever taste.

            8 Replies
            1. re: mrshankly

              Top Dog clones are now everywhere in SF. Why hasn't someone imported this model to LA?

              1. re: a_and_w

                Being that I order Top Dogs practically every month from them, I've gotten to know the owner and he's hesitant to go the franchise route again as he got burned with the "Dog Out" attempt a few years back. However, he is willing to distribute his dogs down south in SoCal if anyone is interested. Maybe it's time for Top Dog Truck and a Twitter account!!

                1. re: mrshankly

                  Is Top Dog still owned by Dick Riemann? I think a truck would be brilliant. It doesn't even need to be an official franchise. As I said, there are a million clones (Fatt Dogg, What's Up Dog, etc.) that have adopted the same model. I wonder if they're getting their sausages from the same place...

                  1. re: a_and_w

                    Yup, Dick still owns it and they are getting the sausages from a new place as of about 6 years ago but the taste is just as fantastic!

              2. re: mrshankly

                I think let's be frank is okay but not as good as the hype. also overpriced for what you get. not a bad dog, but not the best value in town. also think pink's is overrated and not worth waiting in line, but i like to take friends there that are visiting from out of town b/c it is somewhat of a "landmark". in hollywood, though, i prefer Skooby's, but parking can be a drag. also a fan of Fab Hot Dogs, but giving where i live it is a bit too far of a drive to go there more than a few times a year....

                1. re: HerbyN

                  Noticed that Skooby's got a fairly major location appearance in the latest "Southland" episode on TNT the other night. Good to see someplace other than Pink's garner some air time / PR.

                  1. re: HerbyN

                    Try the jalapeno dog at Pink's, mustard and onions only! OMG The Coleslaw dog is also good.

                    1. re: HerbyN

                      I LIKE PINKS !!!
                      Give Pink's some credit....lot's of celebrity endorsements. Even Gordon Ramsay says "good dogs" on his picture.
                      I despise the wait (no dog is worth waiting in lines like that for) and will go there only at 9:30am when the first open.
                      They use Hoffy dogs and the Polish dogs are as good as the ones The Weiner Factory served. Their chili is beats out that pasty stuff Tommy's serves.
                      I like Tommy's in a pinch too.