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Will Owen Mar 30, 2010 04:37 PM

On some days, some days not - there, that is. Out front of the Pasadena True Value Hardware store, next to the Smart & Final in that odd little triangle of Fair Oaks, Maple (right by the I-134 onramp) and whatever the little street to the north is. Big dude, seems to have a speech impediment but as nice as can be, and my Spicy Polish today was large, meaty and delicious. Convincingly spicy, too, which does not always happen. Very ordinary bun, the usual condiments; I got mustard, mayo (stop cringing!) and kraut, and managed to wait until I got home so I could eat it over the sink while the dog stared at me really hard (that was two hours ago and she's still doing it!). Very nice bite to the sausage, a lot of flavor for steamed. $3.50 for just the dog; $5 gets you drink and chips too.

  1. WildSwede Apr 2, 2010 11:37 AM

    Hi Will, I have seen this guy several times on my way to the post office and often have thought of stopping, but never have. I will now make a point of it. Nice, quick lunch! Thanks!

    1. monku Mar 31, 2010 06:52 PM

      Anxiously awaiting your take on Slaw Dogs.

      The Slaw Dogs
      720 N Lake Ave, Pasadena, CA 91104

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      1. re: monku
        oldusedcop Mar 31, 2010 11:05 PM

        The place was finally calming down after the Times write up, but still crowded. The variety is OK, with about 7 different sausages, very tasty. The buns are about average. The slaw used to top the dogs is full of flavor and crunch; not loaded with mayo. Fries have some flavor, but have the texture and taste of frozen fries. Prices are based on sausage plus toppings, or as featured combinations; $4.99 and up. There appeared to be no alcohol in the refrigerators. Overall, the experience was good. The staff is friendly and attentive, with the owner and wife on the premises; very much a family run operation. Parking is limited to a small, awkward lot in back. There is only one restroom which seemed to be in constant use, mostly by staff. I'll certainly eat there again.

        1. re: oldusedcop
          Will Owen Apr 1, 2010 12:24 PM

          I don't HAVE to drive there, but when I did I found parking at the curb.

          Slaw Dogs is a whole 'nother category of tube steak, just as In-N-Out, Pie'n'Burger and FO are different categories of burger. Slaw Dogs and Fabs are (within reason) destinations; the guy in front of the hardware store is pretty good and handy if you're hungry, or just feel like having a hot dog.

          The Slaw Dogs
          720 N Lake Ave, Pasadena, CA 91104

          1. re: Will Owen
            WildSwede Apr 2, 2010 11:36 AM

            We also now have The Counter which recently opened up in the space next to Green Street Cafe in Pasadena. Co-workers have gone, but I have not made it yet. I have only been to the Culver City location.

            Green Street Restaurant
            146 S Shopper's Lane, Pasadena, CA 91101

            1. re: WildSwede
              Will Owen Apr 2, 2010 12:38 PM

              I had forgotten about that Counter location; thanks for reminding me! Last time we were at Green Street they were doing a "soft opening", and I think we might even have gotten a menu, though if so it's since been buried somewhere in our Paper Swamp...

              Green Street Restaurant
              146 S Shopper's Lane, Pasadena, CA 91101

      2. ipsedixit Mar 30, 2010 06:57 PM

        The hot dog stand at the Home Depot on Live Oak in Rosemead ain't too shabby.

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        1. re: ipsedixit
          Will Owen Mar 31, 2010 12:58 PM

          I'm seeing a constant here... ipse, do you think there might be a bunch (if not a plethora or slew) of hot-dog stands in hardware/building supply store parking lots? You've just reminded me that I've detected the presence of one at the Monrovia Home Despot, too. Could this be the basis for yet another Categorical Survey? Hey, all it's gonna cost is some search time, some gas, and whatever they charge...

          1. re: Will Owen
            jencounter Apr 1, 2010 09:07 AM

            There is one outside of the Canoga Park HD as well.

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          Clinton Mar 30, 2010 05:37 PM

          Still can't beat a Costco dog. $1.65 will get you either a hot dog or Polish dog plus soda refills. But recently the hot dogs are a bit skinnier and not as tasty as the original Hebrew Nationals they used to serve. I heard that they now use the Kirkland brand which is their generic substitute?

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          1. re: Clinton
            Will Owen Mar 30, 2010 05:53 PM

            I can't stand the scrum at Costco's food windows. I barely tolerate the zoo inside the store, and then I have to get the hell out. In a way I'm glad they're no longer serving Hebrew Nationals; cuts the temptation to zip. I'll happily pay twice the price to avoid a crowd, though I suppose I could wish this guy more business.

            1. re: Will Owen
              Jack Flash Mar 30, 2010 11:41 PM

              Should I tell you that I think they still serve Hebrew Nat'l. at the San Dimas Costco? At least they still have all of the Hebrew National signage all over the place (not to mention that the San Dimas location is infinitely more easy to deal with than Alhambra, assuming you can find an excuse to drive to San Dimas).

              1. re: Jack Flash
                wienermobile Mar 30, 2010 11:49 PM

                Both Costco Culver City and Hawthorne are still the same big Hebrew Nationals.

                1. re: wienermobile
                  monku Mar 31, 2010 04:21 PM

                  The only Costcos I've been to in the greater LA area serving the Kirkland brand are the Canoga Park and Commerce locations.

                  Hebrew National's are 1/4 pound, the Kirkland's are 1/4 pound plus (maybe 10% more in weight if I remember the stats).

                  Personally I can't tell the difference between the Hebrew National and Kirkland brand Polish sausage.

              2. re: Will Owen
                Akitist Mar 31, 2010 03:33 PM

                Burbank Costco still has the HN signs. Polish sausage is incredibly bland, at least the one that I had a few years back. The frank is lots better.

                1. re: Akitist
                  monku Mar 31, 2010 04:22 PM

                  Frankly....I can't tell the difference between the frank and the Polish sausage except for the slight color difference.

                2. re: Will Owen
                  monku Mar 31, 2010 04:41 PM

                  Did that spicy Polish have a natural casing?....I'll be there if it does.

                  The ideal time to go to Costco is when they first open and avoid the food court during the lunch hour rush.

                  1. re: monku
                    Will Owen Mar 31, 2010 04:48 PM

                    Not that I could detect, it didn't - it did have some sort of skin to it, but it poppeth not nor doth it squirt...

                    I ALWAYS want to get to Costco when they first open, but that has never been in the cards.

                    1. re: Will Owen
                      monku Mar 31, 2010 06:47 PM

                      Then Costco will remain my "good cheap hot dog stand", Hebrew National or Kirkland, doesn't matter to me. For $5 you can feed a family of three.

                  2. re: Will Owen
                    mc michael Apr 1, 2010 03:38 PM

                    The Azusa/irwindale Costco is a little further out, but it is very civilized compared to Alhambra.

                    1. re: mc michael
                      Will Owen Apr 1, 2010 03:42 PM

                      I've been in that one once, and it was nice. Mrs. O is going to be working in Claremont a couple of days next week, and I might as well drop by Costco after I've taken her out there.

                      1. re: Will Owen
                        WildSwede Apr 2, 2010 11:34 AM

                        I prefer the Azusa one but find myself at the Newhall location since my mom is one of the food taste giver-outers there. They also just opened a location in Sylmar.

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