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Berkeley Dog opening in O.C.

Who has had experience with this chain of sausage sandwiches, originally based in Northern California in Berkeley? Are they any good? Anything special about them? They're opening on Marguerite on May First.

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  1. If this is the same chain as Top Dog in Berkeley then you're in for a treat. I just might have to make a trip down to OC.

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    1. re: granadafan

      i worked in top dog during my college years.
      will bet that this chain has nothing to do with the owner of top dog.

      1. re: westsidegal

        From their FB discussion page:

        "If you ask a Cal Berkeley student, or a relative, a friend of a Cal Berkeley student, chances are, they have heard or have eaten at top dogs. The hot dog joint have been serving Cal students and Berkeley residents since 1966. With the endorsement and support of top dog owner, John, a Cal Berkeley grad, is bringing this classic joint to Southern California.

        The Grand Opening Day is set to be on May 1st, 2010. Grand Opening Special? Free Dogs For Everyone!"

        1. re: sel

          Finally. I've been wondering (whining) for years why someone doesn't bring a Top Dog clone to LA. They're everywhere in the SF Bay Area (i.e., clones modeled on, but not franchises of, Top Dog).

          PS: So cool that you worked at Top Dog, WSG! I knew Dick's daughter well and was a regular.

        2. re: westsidegal

          agree!! Top Dog and OC homogenized and lack of soul cities could never produce the likes of Top Dog. But I wish I was wrong!!

          1. re: High Maintenance

            Then it's a good thing you are wrong... all OC is not Laguna Niguel. Don't make that mistake. We may not have the hot dogs but there's plenty of soulful food around these parts.

            1. re: Das Ubergeek

              Way to go, DU!

      2. Marguerite? What city?
        Thanks for the heads up on this.

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        1. re: Joani Macaroni

          I lived on Top Dog for 5 years. I don't believe it is, b/c nothing is on their website about it. OC is in desperate need of Topdog, Zachery's, and Genova Deli sister stores down here. Delis in OC are pathetic.

          1. re: High Maintenance

            hollingshead is great in that overpriced, midwestern kind of way. and mattern deli, near a derwernshiztzel of all places is really swell.

            1. re: kevin

              Mattern is very good, but very crowded at lunch. I don't think they are open late. They also have coolers of obscure European beers. OC is kind of a deli wasteland. Jerry's in Studio City is passable, the one near South Coast isn't even up to that standard.

              I do like the hand cut pastrami at the Derby in Mission Viejo though.

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              Mattern Sausage & Meats
              4327 E Chapman Ave, Orange, CA 92869

              Derby Deli & Dueling Piano Bar
              27741 Crown Valley Pkwy, Mission Viejo, CA 92691

              1. re: kevin

                Overpriced? After some of the $10 - $22 sandwiches that I've had at CH faves I would not call Hollingshead's Deli expensive.

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                Hollingshead's Delicatessen
                368 S Main St, Orange, CA 92868

                1. re: sel

                  it's expensive for what it is. beers are a little more expensive too.

                  1. re: kevin

                    The majority of their sandwiches are $4.99 single/$8.99 double. A few run up in price to $7.99 single/$14.99 double. I rarely buy food at Hollingshead's, I usually go for specialty, and yes often expensive beers but they are not usually available elsewhere. When I do have a sandwich I always order a 'Single' so for $5 - $8 which even to my 'we're probably never going to make it to Urasawa working class world' isn't expensive!

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                    Urasawa Restaurant
                    218 N Rodeo Dr, Beverly Hills, CA 90210

                    1. re: sel

                      fair enough. i usually am quite a trencherman (or maybe the sandwiches are small) but i'll have two at 8 bucks to 9 bucks a piece that's already 20 bucks plus two beers you're easily already at 35 buck. the cheapest beer there is like 5.50 and go to 9 bucks per at least at the draft bar, if not more.

                      1. re: kevin

                        The sandwiches are not large but the older and 'larger' I get I find that I dislike what my grandma used as a yardstick to judge sandwiches. If a sandwich was what she referred to as a "dagwood" which ment piled high with whatever the protein happened to be, she was a happy camper. Those kind of sandwiches, such as those often served in old school Jewish delis are just too much for me. Too much mass and too much chemical preserved protein which keep me so full that I often skip dinner if I consume one at lunch. These days I prefer smaller sandwiches served on artisnal breads with fresher and healthier ingredients that at least to me often taste better!
                        Now Hollingshead's does not fit into the fresher and healthier category but at least they do give their patrons a choice when it comes to size.
                        I have paid even more than $9 for a very special craft or Belgian beer on tap there but they acquire kegs that the other craft beer bars don't have.

                        1. re: sel

                          yeah, they do have singles and doubles. what i like about the place though more i think is the homeyness, the green bay-y ness, the crankyness, but sometimes i feel it's just too expensive, and yeah, the meats are nothing special, but sure do like that squaw bread ( i think squaw bread is an orange county thing). mr. pickles does a pretty close rendition for roughly half the prices especially on the turkey with avocado (which on a double is a 4 dollar upgrade at hollingshead's). anyhow, for me it's a place that i like and i've been to a bunch of times but still there's this feeling that they are charging considerably too much, it would be another thing if the meats were super high quality, fresh ingredients, etc.

                          and i sure do miss those hot dog days which were like all of 3.99 or 4.99 for a dog plus all the toppings you could want served only on saturdays, but i don't even know if they're open on saturdays anymore.

                          one more note, i like that you can buy a glass there with your name on it and keep it there, that is pretty cool.

                          1. re: kevin

                            I like the general atmosphere too. The cranky ol man has always treated me right as have his son and grandson. The sandwiches are ok, I am still looking for new places to grab a chow worthy lunch before I grab a beer at Hollingshead's.
                            I missed the hot dogs, only discovered Hollingshead's about 2 years ago. They are not open on Saturdays except once last year for a special event which I unfortunately missed.
                            My only complaint is that Kenny (the middle Hollingshead) doesn't see that his friend who does their website keeps the 'taplist' up to date.

                            1. re: sel

                              pina's bistro in tustin is the closest that comes to mind, or mariscos esperanza on tustin, near katella for those langostino's in chipotle sauce, but these are both wide distances away from Hollingshead's though in the mini-mall south of Hollingshead's is Greek Grille which has amazing gyros and grilled fish, not your average fast-food greek shoppe.

                              1. re: kevin

                                Thanks Kevin, I'm aware of Mariscos Esperanza but will add Pina's Bistro and Greek Grill to my list of OC places to try.

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                                Pina's Bistro
                                640 W 1st St, Tustin, CA 92780

                                1. re: sel

                                  Greek Garden Grill is gone... sorry.

                                  1. re: Das Ubergeek

                                    Scratched from list, thx DU.

                              2. re: sel

                                Hollingshead had Pliny The Elder on tap when I went last week for $8.50. It's on the pricey side but hard to find Pliny on tap anywhere in the OC. The food is an afterthought.

                                1. re: js76wisco

                                  Anthill Pub (at UCI) has it on tap often. $4 at happy hour (for a 10 oz pour). Almost hope this news doesn't get out too much!

                                  1. re: Searching4Dunny

                                    Wow that is a great deal. Thanks for the heads up.

                                  2. re: js76wisco

                                    When they tap a keg of "The Younger" I'll be there!

                                    1. re: sel

                                      They did have a "Younger" tasting there about 9 months ago. It was packed out the door but the line moved fairly quickly. One 10oz pour per customer limit.

                                      1. re: Searching4Dunny

                                        Hollingshead usually gets a few kegs of Younger each February but gotta get there early.

                                        If you're a big fan of Russian River they also have damnation, ruination and redemption. Huge fan of both damnation and redemption. Each bottle is pricey at $4.95 each but well worth it.

                                        1. re: js76wisco

                                          I'm a big fan of the RR beers. Haven't tried the redemption yet but will be sure to pick up a bottle. Really like the damnation too!

                                          1. re: js76wisco

                                            4.95 is cheap for hollingshead, didn't you mean about 15.95 instead ?

                                            a pliny pour on draft is 9.50 have a couple of those with tax and the tip, and you are at 25 bucks. and their sandwiches are very pricey, very very very pricey. a simple turkey with avocado (not much meat, and not much avocado) will run you 12 bucks. and these are tiny sandwiches.

                                          2. re: Searching4Dunny

                                            Where were they tapping "Pliny the Younger" at ? And why didn't you guys let me know ???

                      2. re: High Maintenance

                        Claro's, Cortina's, and for the pastrami people, Katella Deli.

                        I don't care if Top Dog opens here. I want the Cheeseboard Pizza Collective, actually I want the whole shebang, cheese, bread, pizza and all.

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                        Katella Deli-Restaurant
                        4470 Katella Ave, Los Alamitos, CA 90720

                        1. re: High Maintenance

                          Wow, you made me have all these flashbacks.... TopDog, Zachery's....

                        2. re: Joani Macaroni

                          Berkeley Dog Grand Opening
                          Saturday, 01 May 2010 at 11:00
                          25522 Marguerite Parkway, #101
                          Mission Viejo

                          1. re: OCAnn

                            They have a Facebook page:

                            http://www.facebook.com/pages/Berkele...

                            1. re: Peripatetic

                              Their pic uses the Top Dog bun... yet another confirmation!! Too bad it's in Mission Viejo.

                              1. re: mrshankly

                                Funny, as a MV resident I couldn't be happier. ;>)

                        3. I lived in Berkeley for a while and don't recall a Berkeley Dog. Top Dog yes, but no Berkeley Dog.

                          1. I wonder if it is Top Dog. Top Dog is pretty cool.

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                            1. re: Chemicalkinetics

                              bet 'cha NOT.

                              1. re: westsidegal

                                See the message below :) I won. What did you want to bet? I want my prize now.

                                1. re: Chemicalkinetics

                                  i'll buy you a sausage sandwich from the wurstkuche place downtown.
                                  lemme know when.

                            2. It's not the storefront named Top Dog but it is the same sausage and menu as Top Dog. Confirmed. Let the celebration of Top Dog hot dogs in SoCal begin!!!!!

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                              1. re: mrshankly

                                Actually the Top Dog folks are libertarians (the "Trotskyists" are over at the Cheeseboard). But I like their hot dogs anywy.

                              2. Do they serve beer?

                                1. Wait. This is too good! The Trotskyites from Berkeley are giving us a reason to celebrate May Day in the OC. Bravo!!!! I ate many a Top Dog during my college years and hope this is a reasonable facsimile. I am conjuring wonderful taste memories of bocks and brats.

                                  1. Saw this from the OC Weekly:

                                    "The Chowhounds have been discussing a new hot dog joint called Berkeley Dog which officially opens this Saturday, May 1st, in Mission Viejo. The new eatery, though not officially affliated with a popular Berkeley sausage house chain called Top Dog, has aligned itself with it. It has said on its Facebook page that "We are supplied and endorsed by Top Dog of Berkeley".

                                    If you are a Cal alum and would like to taste test it to see if it rekindles fond college memories, this weekend's your chance to do it for free: they're giving away complimentary frankfurters from 11 a.m.-6 p.m. during their Grand Opening on Saturday at 25522 Marguerite Parkway, #101, Mission Viejo.

                                    The menu features world sausage varieties like frankfurters, bratwurst, bockwurst, kielbasa, calabrese, Louisiana hots, smoked chicken apple and others stuck inside sesame seed rolls (see my feature review later today for a similar joint in Long Beach).

                                    Even as they debut this first store in South County, Berkeley Dog already plans to open a second in Downtown Brea in August."

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                                    Berkeley Dog
                                    25522 Marguerite Pkwy, Mission Viejo, CA 92692

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                                    1. re: ocshooter

                                      Ooooooooooooooo!!! I'm excited @ the Downtown Brea news; thank you for sharing!

                                      1. re: ocshooter

                                        What's the cross street? Marguerite and what?

                                        1. re: Bogey153

                                          If you scroll up to the top of this thread and look on the right side there is a place link with the address for Berkeley Dog along with an exact map location shown via Google mapping.

                                          1. re: Servorg

                                            Thanks, Servorg. It's almost in my back yard.

                                          2. re: Bogey153

                                            The cross street is Marguerite and Estanciero. It's next to It's A Grind Coffee and across the street from Blockbuster. A little hard to find but well worth it.

                                        2. I can hardly wait!

                                          1. I remain to be convinced. That's either the smallest Top Dog or the largest bun I've ever seen on a Top Dog.

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                                            1. re: Selter Head

                                              I think the photo of the dog you're referring to is of the calabrese which barely makes it to a half inch from within the edges of the bun. lol Nevertheless, it's delicious!

                                              1. re: Selter Head

                                                All of our buns comes from top dog.

                                              2. The Berkeley Top Dog website makes no mention of a branch opening in O.C. Since this new place is called Berkeley Dog not Top Dog, what makes anyone think it has any relationship whatsoever to the Top Dog in Berkeley. It sounds to me like the Mission Viejo place is just another hot dog joint which may be good, bad or indifferent, but I see no evidence that it's in any way related to Top Dog in Berkeley. Does anyone?

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                                                Berkeley Dog
                                                25522 Marguerite Pkwy, Mission Viejo, CA 92692

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                                                1. re: josephnl

                                                  He says he is "supplied and endorsed by Top Dog". I guess that is all people have to go on.

                                                  1. re: josephnl

                                                    I work near Mission Viejo so I stopped by Berkeley Dog last week. The store was actually open as they are getting ready for their grand opening today. I saw the menu and it has all the same items as Top Dog. The owner told me that although they are not officially affiliated with Top Dog (i.e. they can't use that name on their storefront), they are endorsed by the Top Dog owner and their sausages and buns are provided by the same suppliers as Top Dog. I tried the bockwurst, kielbasa, and hot links, and they tasted EXACTLY THE SAME as how I remembered them back at Cal! The owner confirmed that they are opening another shop in Brea sometime this summer.

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                                                    Berkeley Dog
                                                    25522 Marguerite Pkwy, Mission Viejo, CA 92692

                                                    1. re: motubound

                                                      If the dogs are the same, then they are essentially the same. Unless people think the timing and cooking skill can significantly alter the hot dog taste.

                                                      1. re: motubound

                                                        I have to see it then. If they can replicate the hot link, then they're a winner in my book. Plus, those buns are part of the secret of Top Dog, so if they're the same, I can't wait to try it. I used to do 3 hot links at lunch, and my head was soaking wet! So damn good.

                                                    2. I tried a few sausages tonight after the free give away was over. I'd say that they were worth it for the money but, if anyone reading is tempted to journey long distance here I wouldn't unless it was for nostalgic reasons.

                                                      1. Interesting setup here. The space has been a yogurt shop for some time and now includes Berkeley Dog as well. There's a major new sign on the soffit above the space for Berkeley Dog, but just walking by the front door you barely know it's there. Their website describes the aspirations of the Socal Cal student to have Top Dog close at hand, but there's no sign at all of that inside. BUT...............ah!!................. this really needs to be about the dogs...... right?

                                                        I had recently had a bratwurst and grilled onions from a San Gabriel Valley BBQ catering company and found out it was Johnsonville (a bit surprising), so I was really curious about Berkeley's version. For $3.45 +25¢ I got the Brat + Onions. I've never been to Top Dog, so this was vs. the caterer............. and the caterer won. Good, but not much flavor I thought. The 'grilled onions' were a combo of onions and red & green peppers (like for a Philly Cheese Steak), so the brat flavors were not as pure as expected, I don't think. Next time, I'll try it without any toppings first....... and maybe try a dog instead, or in addition.

                                                        Again............ the strange thing was the dog/yogurt combo. Reminded me of the Baskin Robbins/Togo's combos you see around. My wife can't order ice cream in those places because the smells of the sandwich makings spoil it for her. I didn't have that reaction at Berkeley Dogs, but it was still odd. I'[m thinking there's something of a 'purist' issue in this for me. If the brat had been mind-blowing I don't think I'd care at all.

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                                                        Berkeley Dog
                                                        25522 Marguerite Pkwy, Mission Viejo, CA 92692

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                                                        1. re: Midlife

                                                          I've never been to Top Dog for the brats. In fact, the brats are nothing mentionable compared to the exceptional original Top Dog frankfurter. You should try the original frankfurter instead.

                                                          1. re: mrshankly

                                                            Actually, I disagree with that rec. If Top Dog is any indication, the best stuff at Berkeley Dog should be sausages besides the frankfurters. Does anyone know if they have a Calabrese?

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                                                            Berkeley Dog
                                                            25522 Marguerite Pkwy, Mission Viejo, CA 92692

                                                            1. re: a_and_w

                                                              Yup. There's a Calabrese on the menu.

                                                              http://berkeleydogs.com/menu.html

                                                              1. re: Midlife

                                                                The calabrese at Top Dog is outstanding. Hopefully, they use the same calabrese at Berkeley Dog.

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                                                                Berkeley Dog
                                                                25522 Marguerite Pkwy, Mission Viejo, CA 92692

                                                            2. re: mrshankly

                                                              I went back and had the plain frank the other evening. Your rec was spot on. Long, thin dog, great snap, great taste, lots of extra room in the bun for my favorites - deli mustard, onions, and warm sauerkraut. With a drink it's almost four times the price of Costco's infamous dog. Some days it wouldn't be worth it, but this time it sure was.

                                                            3. re: Midlife

                                                              Brat plus onions? As in grilled? Looks like Berkeley Dog does things a little differently.

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                                                              Berkeley Dog
                                                              25522 Marguerite Pkwy, Mission Viejo, CA 92692

                                                              1. re: a_and_w

                                                                FWIW, the onions were an added side for 25¢. It didn't come that way.

                                                                Just curious.......... if the preferred way to make brats is in beer and onions, why is a brat with onions so different?

                                                                1. re: Midlife

                                                                  Oops, I meant differently from Top Dog. Brats and onions is obviously a classic pairing.

                                                            4. I'm not a big hot dog afficianato, nevertheless I do like Jerry's Dogs. How does Berkeley Dogs compare with Jerry's?

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                                                              Berkeley Dog
                                                              25522 Marguerite Pkwy, Mission Viejo, CA 92692

                                                              1. I have never been to Top Dog, so I was coming at this fresh, but I have eaten at Jody Maroni's and Jerry's Dogs, though not very often. At the risk of everyone just tuning me out at this point, I also like the hot dogs at Costco. You get a nice big kosher dog and can ask for sauerkraut and add onions, so at $1.50 with a drink, there isn't a better deal in town.

                                                                It was lunch time, I was in Mission Viejo, and I didn't have to please anyone else, so I went to Berkeley Dog. I don't know what the yogurt shop looked like before the dogs came in, but the two were blended well. There is a small grill and register in the front half of the store with the yogurt machines and toppings (self serve, pay by the ounce) in the back. A fair number of comfortable seats were inside, about 8 tables for a total of 20 customers.

                                                                I don't eat pork, so about 1/2 the items were off the menu for me. I settled on the Louisiana Hot Link combo with onions, chips and a soda at a bit under $6.00. The onions were extra, but unlike another reviewer, mine were not mixed with peppers. The peppers were extra on top of the onions. When my order was called, my first impression was... man this thing is small. I should have ordered 2 of them, but I didn't notice the 2 dog combo for about $2 more. Oh well, I probably don't need the extra fat, nitrates, salt...

                                                                On the taste, I liked it. I really liked the bun, a fresh and lightly toasted sesame seed roll. It takes a lot for a mainstream food item to be too hot for me, and this was not. There was heat there, but it didn't blow me away. Take it with a grain of salt for yourself though, since I can (and sometimes do) eat a dollop of wasabi plain and can handle all but the hottest of Thai foods. I think it is a little cheaper than the other places, but I think you get bigger portions at the other places as a balance. Also, I like fries, and both Jerry's and Jody's have french fries, while Berkeley Dog only has chips, with potato salad to come. Still, if I were in South County and hankering for a link, I would go back. But if I were in North County, I would not make the drive.

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                                                                Jerry's Dogs
                                                                2276 E 17th St, Santa Ana, CA 92705

                                                                Jody Maroni's Sausage Kingdom
                                                                20 City Blvd W, Orange, CA 92868

                                                                Berkeley Dog
                                                                25522 Marguerite Pkwy, Mission Viejo, CA 92692

                                                                 
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                                                                1. re: ocshooter

                                                                  Glad you enjoyed this place. I kinda think there was a slight order mixup when I was there, resulting in the peppers and onions mixture. Someone else had ordered a brat with toppings and it's likely the counter guy gave me theirs.

                                                                  It just occurred to me that an interesting, if somewhat useless, thread would be about the pattern in which people apply mustard or ketchup to a hot dog. I'm an 'end-to-end straight line' person myself. :o)))

                                                                  1. re: Midlife

                                                                    Since the bun was fairly wide open, it gave me the ability to zig zag the mustard. With a smaller bun, I go straight down the middle.

                                                                    I posted the same review on Yelp and received an email from the manager. Apparently the Brea location will have fries, and sweet potato fries. I just hope the sweet potato fries are good. There is a place across from my office that has them but the oil is not hot enough, so they come out limp. Yuck.

                                                                2. Berkeley Dog in Brea is now open. They were sold out of their sweet potato fries on Sunday morning (from the day before). Dogs are $3.85; add ons like onions, peppers, etc are $0.45 each. I had the kielbasa and Mr OCAnn had the Kobe beef dog; both were okay, while Mr OCAnn said this will now become s weekly venture. So I'm not much of a dog person...I'll stick to my Costco dogs.

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                                                                  1. re: OCAnn

                                                                    What I wanted to add (and couldn't edit) was that they have 6 different mustards and I *really* liked their toasted sesame buns. Perhaps I need to check out the plain dog next time....

                                                                    1. re: OCAnn

                                                                      I was kindof disappointed until I tried the plain dog. The buns and all the toppings are just my style and the plain dog has a great taste and snap. I liked it more than the others I've tried there (Mission Viejo location).

                                                                      1. re: Midlife

                                                                        It's definitely good to know that I'm not the only one in that boat; I will try the plain next time for sure! Thank you. =D

                                                                        1. re: OCAnn

                                                                          The "plain" dog is very a misleading name... that is their signature frankfurter and what has made Top Dog second to none in hot dogs for almost 45 years. The toasted, sesame seeded buns are also part of the greatness of Top Dog and integral to the meal.

                                                                          I hope they open one up closer to the LA area soon.

                                                                          1. re: mrshankly

                                                                            "made Top Dog second to none in hot dogs for almost 45 years"

                                                                            As much I like Top Dog and Berkeley, I am not sure I will go this far. Most New Yorkers will probably say Top Dog's dogs are mediocre.

                                                                            1. re: mrshankly

                                                                              What makes Top Dog and Berkeley Dog so special? I am a big fan of Jerry's Wood-Fired dogs which I think are pretty good and am trying to figure out if it's worth driving 5 miles further to go to Berkeley's. Has anyone been to both, and are Berkeley dogs really that much better. It seems to me that there is only so much goodness that can be built into a hot dog! Tell me I'm wrong!

                                                                              1. re: josephnl

                                                                                "It seems to me that there is only so much goodness that can be built into a hot dog!"

                                                                                As much as I advocate Chicago-style Vienna Beef hot dogs, I have to agree that no dog I've ever had reaches the sandwich heights of the best-quality Italian Beef, cheese steak, or beef on 'weck, for example. I do want to try Berkeley Dog. I lived in the Bay Area four years but never had one, despite hearing a lot about it (probably on the old chowhound).

                                                                                1. re: josephnl

                                                                                  Top Dog is delicious from the core seasonings in the sausage... no toppings or unique cooking method need be applied to make it unique or tasty (it's been years since I put any toppings at all on my Top Dogs). It is essentially a gourmet sausage rather than a pedestrian hot dog (which can also be great) and it is consistent in taste from the first one you had to the last one you had. I know people who are infrequent hot dog consumers and order the 5lb frozen bags of frankfurters shipped to them from the Berkeley Top Dog a few times per year. They are THAT unique and delicious. If you're near the Berkeley Top Dog, let that be your first experience because I haven't been to Berkeley Dog and don't know if their preparation is as refined as the one in Berkeley.

                                                                                  1. re: josephnl

                                                                                    I have been to both, as well as Jody Maroni's, and all three are different. I like the wrap style of Jody Maroni's when I am not in the mood for a bun, and they have the best fries. The sausages are bigger at Jerry's and I think there are more options for toppings, plus they have those yummy fresh chips and free peanuts. The smaller size (and lower price) for Berkeley makes it easier to have a lighter meal (or double up for a filling one). I also really love the sesame bun there, though I would not drive the 15 minutes from Jerry's near home for either of the Berkley locations, nor would I pass up Berkley for Jerry's if I were in MV with a hankering for meat in tube form.

                                                                                    Now, I don't eat pork, and I don't go to places like this for a hot dog; I have Costco for a Kosher dog with mustard and sauerkraut for that, so I almost always get one of the chicken sausages.

                                                                        2. Grand opening for the Brea location is tomorrow, Sat 08/21/10. Free all-beef hotdogs to the first 1000 customers. It opens @ 11:30.

                                                                          1. So this place (the Mission Viejo location) is closed. I don't know the details as I didn't go often, but there may be a lesson in my last attempt. I stopped by a couple of months ago, at around 4:30PM and the place was closed, with a sign saying they closed at 3PM (or maybe it was 2PM?).

                                                                            It's certainly possible that the numbers didn't justify their staying open later, but they don't have anything for breakfast, so...... mid-day only for a hot dog and sausage place in a residential neighborhood????????

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                                                                            1. re: Midlife

                                                                              The MV location's been sliding downhill hard. Last visit was four months ago, and the place was not managed by anyone who cared. Floors by the soda fountain were sticky with dried syrup. Tables weren't bussed and dirty with no other customers in there but me. Bathroom was filthy. Clearly, there was nobody there who cared enough about running the ship.

                                                                              I wouldn't go eat there again after that, and apparently, neither would lots of other people. Too bad. I like their UCI location.

                                                                              1. re: Professor Salt

                                                                                is there still a UCI location ? do you still go to that location ? and is there a website for these joints in the OC that lists their menu and or locations ?

                                                                                thanks.

                                                                                1. re: kevin

                                                                                  There is still a UCI location. Not sure if these are owned by the same people. It seems like they're run very differently.

                                                                                  berkeleydogs.com/directions.html

                                                                                  1. re: Professor Salt

                                                                                    cool thanks.

                                                                                    also, do you have any clue if people were referencing that they were tapping Pliny the Younger at Berkeley Dogs ?

                                                                                    thanks again.

                                                                                    1. re: kevin

                                                                                      I had referenced The Younger being tapped some months ago at the pub located on UCI's campus (Anthill Pub) up thread. If I hear about it again I will post a heads up on CH.

                                                                                      1. re: Searching4Dunny

                                                                                        wow, the anthill pub on the uci campus served it ?

                                                                                        i would never expect it to be served there.

                                                                                        please post back on this thread again if they do, but on a side note, do you have to be a UCI student to drink at the pub and visit it ?

                                                                                        thanks.

                                                                                        that's almost like someone saying they were serving foie gras at one of the mcdonald's in san berndardino, for instance, back when foie was legal.

                                                                                        1. re: kevin

                                                                                          You do not have to be a student. I checked it out this past Friday thanks to Searching4Dunny. A very good selection including Pliny the Elder at very good prices. Cash only and parking is $2 an hour across the street.

                                                                                          1. re: JAB

                                                                                            Wow that sounds awesome. I was always worrried parking would be about 10 or 12 bucks like at USC or UCLA.

                                                                            2. I had previously thought that they were even opening additional locations in Orange County.

                                                                              I guess that is not the case ?