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Sep 19, 2009 03:00 PM

Hot Dog, Hot Dog, Hot Diggity Dog

First, let me say that hot doggery is an intensely personal thing. Whatever you grew up eating is "what a hot dog should be". For me, it's brown mustard and sauerkraut. No onions, no relish, no chili and fortheloveofallthat'sholy NO KETCHUP.

And I just had the best hot dog I've had since coming to California ten years ago.

A jumbo dog from the cart outside the Home Depot on Katella and Xtra (no, I'm not making that street name up) in Orange. Great snap, nice bun that didn't split or mush, brown mustard, sauerkraut. They have bacon dogs too, which looked good. And the usual-for-California accoutrements (onions, etc.). They're not dirty-water dogs because they're actually heated on a flat top grill.

I'm glad to have found it. The guy was really nice. And while it wasn't exactly cheap it hit the spot, and that's what Chowhounding is all about.

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    1. Sir Das, for an amazing hot dog experience you must get to Fab's in the Valley. They have many different and amazing styles. It is a good thing it is to far away from me otherwise I would be there daily. RIP Big Weenies in Hollywood!

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      1. re: Burger Boy

        can anyone even get in there any more? i went by around 2:30 p.m. last weekend and it was a mob scene.

        el linus

        1. re: linus

          Sure, it's easy to get in - you just have to wait a bit. If your schedule permits, try to get there at 11:00 when they open, or go about 3:00 pm (weekdays). Weekends are not a good bet. The Stadium mustard is sublime. Brooklyn Pizzeria next door has a banner that says you get a free slice (cheese) if you bring your Fab receipt in.

          1. re: linus

            It's a mob but I've never waited more than 20 mins for food.

            Downhill alert on the tots though, ask for them well done, esp. if they're busy

            1. re: ns1

              Always well done. And with garlic.

              1. re: ns1

                i don't dispute your report, but the amount of people i saw standing outside the joint makes me think 20 minutes is optomistic.
                and, call me irresponsible, but i rarely want a hot dog at 11 a.m. or 3 p.m.
                on the other hand, maybe in the buddy/cop movie of life, i'm just getting too old for this...stuff.

                el linus

                1. re: linus

                  Well I've had good luck 2/2. That said, one time after I ordered (about 730p) 20 people got in line.

                  Oh yeah, I've ONLY gone there twice since DDD because it IS a mad house. They are quite appreciative when their regulars drop in though :)

          2. Hey DU.Are you an ethnic dog eater as well? The completo(Chile), dogao(Brazil), Colombian, Sonoran(Mex), or the bacon-wrapped hot from Mexico City?

            Is there a California dog? Do share your hot dog experiences. What other spots do you like around town?

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            1. re: streetgourmetla

              Some seek out hot dogs; some come to hot dogs through opportunity. I only really eat hot dogs when I see one and go, "Yeah, that's what I want." Hot dogs happen to me through serendipity, that unexpected but pleasant conjunction of my wanting a hot dog and a hot dog being available. I don't really seek them out.

              I notice most American-style hotdoggeries in LA with onions. I'm not a big fan of raw onions on hot dogs.

              I have been to Japadog (tasty but weird, like most Western food translated for Japanese tastes and re-exported); I have had DF-style bacon dogs, which I really do like. Never had a Chilean, Brazilian, Colombian or Sonoran tubesteak before, but I wouldn't reject them. I imagine it would end up like my opinion of CA pizza: tasty, but "foreign".

              Now, of course, I'm wondering what to eat for dinner -- one hot dog left me kinda hungry.

              1. re: Das Ubergeek

                Whats for Dinner, You Say ???

                If my memory banks are functioning correctly, then I believe you've relocated near the Anaheim area, so I would love to hear any opinion on how tasty the "Grilled Deer - Flank Steak" is at Jagerhaus. I'd go myself, but I reside in WLA and don't get down there anymore much myself. It's on my to-do list, which gets longer my the month:


                1. re: JBC

                  I'll try that out sometime but honestly it's too hot for a heavy German meal.

                  I think I'm gonna hit up Breed Street and continue the street-food theme.

                  1. re: Das Ubergeek

                    Breed Street is the BOMB! Be sure to try the Quesadilla with the corn fungus D.F style. The Pombosa sandwich is great, did not try the Birria & consume. Save room for the fresh Churros!

                2. re: Das Ubergeek

                  I don't really seek them out either. Sometimes, I'll get a dog from the woody's stand at Lowes and they always taste good...usually because I'm famished and it hits the spot. I'm with you on the kraut and brown mustard only, that's how I prepare mine.

              2. I'm totally with you, DU. Just like my dad, I would Never have any other condiments on my dog. The turmeric mustard (you know the brand) never darkened our door, either. When I grew up, hot dogs were BEEF, period. No pork, chicken, turkey, or worse.

                The ingredient list of most American hot dogs puts me off unless I'm very hungry. IMO that's why the bacon wrapped dogs taste so good - they distract you from your normal inhibitions.

                Anyone tried a 7/11 dog that's been 'rolling around' all day? Maybe some of the fat and corn syrup has melted off (heh heh).

                The most surprising place for a quick hot dog bite is the big truck stop at the Frazier Park offramp; they claim to serve Vienna brand dogs.

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