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Nov 10, 2004 03:25 PM

Cupid's Hot Dogs MIA

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I've been trying to find a Cupid's to review for the Hot Dog Spot blog, but they appear to be dropping like flies. Van Nuys, Panorama City and Northridge are all gone according to the phone book. Sherman Oaks' phone is a fax machine now. Is Tarzana still there? Have we lost Cupids?



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  1. There used to be one on Vanowen east of Winnetka, also one on Lindley south of Nordhoff near CSUN. Don't know if either or both are still there.

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    1. re: markn

      Yup, both still there

        1. Last I checked, the Tarzana shop was still there.

          1. Van Nuys (Victory/Tyrone) is gone *snif*. Northridge (Lindley/Nordhoff) still there - ate there last week. Reseda (Vanowen/east of Winnetka) still there - drove by a couple of weeks ago.
            By Tarzana - do you mean the "fake" one (sells sausages, fries, burgers) on Ventura/Tampa? I am pretty sure it is still there. There is also another in Newhall on Soledad Canyon behind Route 66 restaurant.

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            1. re: WildSwede
              Steve Doggie-Dogg

              Maybe the Northridge store changed its phone number. I called and a person who barely spoke English said it wasn't Cupid's any more... it's Thai food now.

              Today, I drove out to Tarzana to try the Wienery... review to come soon on Hot Dog Spot... and on the way back, I stopped at the Cupid's next to the Car Wash on Ventura Bl and ordered a dog...


              I'll try driving out to Northridge next week. I want to give them a second chance before relegating them to the lower levels of hell with Pinks.

              See ya


              1. re: Steve Doggie-Dogg

                Steve, please, please, please do not judge all Cupids by the one on Ventura. Any true Cupids fan knows that this is not the original. True Cupids sell only hot dogs, chips and soda. Period. Please let me know when you plan on doing the Northridge one and I will join you if I am available.
                Thanks, Lisa

                1. re: WildSwede

                  The one next to the Tarzana Car Wash is owned by the Tarzana Car Wash. That may have something to do with it. A few years ago we became friendly with Mary, the former manager of the stand. One day we caught her mixing the chili and the main ingredient was tamale sauce with a dose of flour.

                  1. re: TomSwift

                    Very interesting...

                    1. re: TomSwift

                      The original Pink's chili recipe is XLNT brick chili, water, flour and beaten egg.

                  2. re: Steve Doggie-Dogg

                    Yeah, the Tarzana Cupid's is weak...for hot dogs, but the kebab ain't half bad.

                    1. re: Steve Doggie-Dogg

                      The last time I tried the Cupid's from the Tarzana Car Wash - it wasn't right. Not the real deal. And they sell middle eastern food too. That's not the Cupid's I grew up with.

                      Interesting fact - worked at the Tarzana Car Wash in high school.

                  3. I'm curious to see how the shops in the Valley are doing. The location below was awful.


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                    1. re: nja

                      is the simi one that sells additional items, or an original - just hot dogs, chips and soda? if it sells additional items, then yes, they are going downhill. I have found that those locations have a very different tasting chili. If it is an original, then they are the same that they have always been as far back as I can remember (mid-70's).

                      1. re: WildSwede

                        Hard to recall for sure, but I think that all they had were dogs, condiments for the dogs, chips, and drinks. But it's a relatively new location--five years old or so--in a strip mall.

                    2. There is a Cupid's in Torrance, right next to the Rolling Hills AMC 20,

                      Cupid's Hot Dog's-Crunch & Cream
                      (310) 534-8100
                      2599 Airport Dr
                      Torrance, CA 90505