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Jan 28, 2010 06:26 PM

The Slaw Dogs, Pasadena

I just came across The Slaw Dogs today. They soft-opened a few days ago in the space on North Lake where Fredo's Phillys was. They seem to draw a lot of inspiration from Oinkster and Fab Dogs.

They use Vienna Beef dogs as their basic dog, though they have many other types. We tried their "Original Dog", which is chili, cheese, mustard, onions and cole slaw. The chili was very good (made with Newcastle Ale), done in the perfect style for chili dogs and chili fries. I have to admit I didn't warm up the idea of cole slaw on a hot dog, but they have lots of other promising combos. Their menu says they'll ripper or charbroil dogs on request -- definitely something to try on the next visit. We also tried their Belgian fries and beer battered (Newcastle again) onion rings, which were also good. Sadly, they don't have tater tots. Their menu is quite ambitious, with a lot of unusal combinations and toppings. Their toppings include kimchi, truffle oil, and "thai slaw" (cole slaw with satay and coriander).

The room is completely transformed from when it was Fredo's -- wood and black leather(ette?) furniture and low lighting. No liquor license yet, but they're in the process of applying for one. They hope to serve a selection of craft beers in the future.

All around, a very welcome addition to the neighborhood.

The Slaw Dogs
720 North Lake Ave
Pasadena, CA 91104

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  1. THANK YOU for this, Peri! I love hot dogs and am so glad to have a new option in the 'hood. Will have to try it sometime this weekend (if not today at lunch).
    Also, The Great Kielbasa still has their "coming soon" banner up on that new building on Hill between Colorado and Walnut. When I check the website indicated,, it is not currently up so I could not get any info from there. When I drove by earlier this week, there is another banner on the building indicating some other type restaurant (can't remember) will be going into that space as well. Should be interesting! Thanks again!

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    1. re: WildSwede

      WildSwede, glad I could help. I was disappointed when Fredo's closed a month after I moved to Pasadena, though admittedly Fredo's seemed to be running on empty. The Slaw Dogs more than makes up for the loss of Fredo's.

      I hadn't noticed the banner for The Great Kielbasa or the other place. I'll look today. It's inauspicious that the domain name isn't even registered.

      1. re: Peripatetic

        I think a lot of people are sorry to see them go. Slaw Dog's is a little pricey, but if they have a quality product, then maybe it will make it...

        The first time I saw the sign several months ago, it had a different hot-dog name on it, but I guess they decided to change it to the Great Kielbasa. We shall have to wait and see just how great they are! ;-)

        1. re: WildSwede

          The other restaurant I noted above is called Local Mediterranean Cafe. Hope it's good!

          1. re: WildSwede

            Is this Koko's moved from Shopper's Lane?

    2. Drop by Slaw Dogs yesterday for lunch and I must say that I was not disappointed. I'm a big fan of Kosher dogs and I was not disappointed. The dog itself was firm and tasty, and I must say that the list of toppings is pretty overwhelming, with 3 free toppings with each dog, you should be able to customize as you wish. They have good selection of dog types, Vienna beef, natural cased, polish sausage, turkey, chicken sausage, you can eve get your selection of all those toppings on a burger.

      Yes, it is pricey, especially for a hot dog, however, I honestly felt the price was worth it since a decent hot dog is so hard to come by. Nice people, nice looking restaurant.

      I actually ended up going back to pick up dinner for my girl who was working late.

      As for Fredo's, I was sad to see it go, however, quality had dropped off a cliff since the origibnal owner sold it. He was last seen running a hot dog cart at that park at the corner of Walnut and Raymond during the Leavitt events.

      1. Went with the junior pup Friday evening. I had the natural casing beef, and he had the Kosher. Both were char-grilled - my son said it was the best hot dog he's had in L.A. Very nice ambience, and equally nice and agreeable owner. Hopefully a keeper.

        1. In the same 'hood I like El Pollo Unico as an alternative to Pollo Loco. Strictly take-out unless you want zero ambience.

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          1. re: mc michael

            Which do you think is better? EPU or EPL? Have not tried EPU yet, but have heard good things about the food. Thanks!

            1. re: mc michael

              FYI, the space across the street (west side) that has housed some serious losers is apparently the new home of El Pollo Unico. Parking is only marginally better, though since the lot will be totally theirs and it's NOT on a corner it should be a lot easier to get in and out. And the space is bigger and newer, so a lot of the old ick factor for anyone wanting to dine in would appear to have been addressed. That's good - they deserve a better venue, and that space deserves some good food. No idea of the startup date - there's paper on the windows and a sign saying El Pollo Unico, and that's all I know.

              1. re: Will Owen

                That's good news -- the current parking lot must be the worst one in Pasadena. It always discourages me from going to EPU.

            2. I went back again and had a rippered natural casing dog, and it was outstanding. It's been a while since I was last at Fab Hot Dogs (it was pre-Fieri) , but this one exceeded my recollection of the Bald Eagle. There was no mustard relish, but it was very good with horseradish mustard.