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Top 7 hot dog locations per ABC

I just happened to see a spot on top hot dog locations in SoCal. The reporter is Alicie Del Valle whoever she is, I never saw her before.

1. Pinks
2. Dodger Dog at the stadium
3. Slaw Dogs in Pasadena
4. Vicious Dogs in North Hollywood
5. Fabs Hot Dogs-Reseda (soon to move to a bigger location)
6. Chronis Famous Sandwich Shop in East LA
7. Carneys-LA

Can someone tell me about Vicious and Chronis? I have not heard of them.

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Chronis
5825 Whittier Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90022

Vicious Dogs
5231 Lankershim Blvd, North Hollywood, CA 91601

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

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  1. Dodger Dogs are inedible - gross tasting, limp and mealy. Take away the "Dodger" label and nobody would have anything positive to say about them. People just like the fact that they've got their beloved "Dodgers" in the name.

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    1. re: Jack Flash

      A long long long time ago Dodger Dogs used to be good. People remember them much better than they really are. It is the nostalgia of childhood.

      1. re: wienermobile

        I've only been in LA for 35 years and the Dodger Dog has always been that horrible Farmer John's foot long dog, they weren't any good then. What were they before that?

        1. re: monku

          When Sandy Koufax was pitching the hot dogs were great. Or was it that I was 10 years old?

          1. re: wienermobile

            Before my time, but maybe before you knew what a good hot dog was all about?

      2. Chronis is an old school chilli dog joint in East LA that has been around for a decades.

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        Chronis
        5825 Whittier Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90022

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        1. re: peppermonkey

          Went to Chronis last week and didn't dissapoint old school or not.

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          Chronis
          5825 Whittier Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90022

          1. re: monku

            I love Chronis... if it were located in a more ideal location in LA it would have a similar reputation of The Pantry or Philipes.
            Pinks is garbage. I love the Dodgers but those hotdogs are just gross. Carneys reminds me of Chronis. Must have that snap!

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            Chronis
            5825 Whittier Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90022

            1. re: toonoble

              Yes!!! The SNAP!!!! Natural casing. Where can you buy them to make your own hot dogs?

            2. re: monku

              are chronis all beef dogs with natural casings?

              1. re: kevin

                Don't know if they're all beef, but definitely natural casing dogs.

          2. I've tried Vicious Dogs: it's quite good, but not good enough to worth the drive when polish at your local Costco is more than serviceable.

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            Vicious Dogs
            5231 Lankershim Blvd, North Hollywood, CA 91601

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            1. re: keepon

              Spot on. The guys at Vicious Dogs are very nice and the location is great, but the dogs are just okay. No natural casing or anything else out of the ordinary. Say what you want about Slaw Dogs (which I happen to like a lot), at least Ray is trying new ideas and giving the customer options. I really wanted to love Vicious Dogs since I'm in the area frequently, but I honestly think Weinerschnitzel's BEEF dog is better. I'd of added Weenez to the list instead.

              1. re: keepon

                You can't beat Costco's deal, but their hotdogs or polish isn't as good since they switched from Hebrew National to their own brand.

                1. re: granadafan

                  Los Feliz, Burbank & I believe Marina del Rey still serve Hebrew National dogs,

                  1. re: Briggs

                    Hawthorne and Marina del Rey Costco still have Hebrew National.

                  2. re: granadafan

                    Ate a Hebrew National at Burbank just this week.

                    1. re: granadafan

                      There was a large topic here, some time ago, about Costco's apparent dog switch (tried to find it, but couldn't. Anyway..............

                      My local South OC Costcos still have the red Hebrew National umbrellas BUT the hot dog and polish just don't taste the same. They're limp and rather flavorless. Does anyone know how to be positive what they're serving? I think I'll check with a manager next time. I've asked the counter people, but they have enough trouble getting that I want warm sauerkraut.

                      1. re: granadafan

                        I just had a Hebrew National polish today at the Montclair Costco. I don't know that I'd know the difference, I eat them strictly from hunger and cheapness.

                        1. re: coconutz

                          So............ how do you know it was Hebrew National? I would have thought they'd be serving HN at locations with the red HN umbrellas only, but after the last few tries I don't know if that's true. As I said, they now seem limp and tasteless. Could be overcooked???

                          1. re: Midlife

                            The simple thing to do is ask when buying the hot dog. But I have seen them drop a new package of Hebrew National hot dogs and polish, into the steamer, at the Puente Hills location, about a month ago.

                    2. This kind of "reporting" is invariably as reliable as picking your favorites by drawing cards. They ask around the office to see who likes what, and of course most people will chime in with the most popular, no matter how dreadful that really is. If I owned Slaw Dogs or Fabs I think I'd sue to be taken off this list!

                      What I've been told is that Dodger Dogs used to be a nice if unexciting foot-longs until the contract went up for bid and Farmer John won it, at which point they just went to hell.

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                      1. re: Will Owen

                        I thought Dodger Dogs were always a Farmer John wiener.

                        1. re: martyR

                          For maybe the last ten years or so. I think I may even have read about that here, perhaps back in the pre-CNet CH...

                          1. re: Will Owen

                            dodger dogs have been farmer john for a long long time. pretty much from the beginning.

                            while it's not the best dog, the combination of it and a beautiful night in chavez ravine has most of the other places on the list beat.

                            1. re: cdub

                              And I gotta say, Dodger dogs beat Fenway Franks by a mile!!!

                            2. re: Will Owen

                              Nah, I'm 37, Went to my first ballgame around 5 years old - they were Farmer John even back then.

                              1. re: HastaLaPasta

                                I was obviously misinformed, probably by another old poop who remembered the dogs being good when he was a kid and just assumed they couldn't possibly have been FJ...

                                1. re: Will Owen

                                  You must be thinking of when the Dodgers changed the way they cooked the Farmer John Dodger Dogs. They used to be grilled, everywhere but the pavilions. But when the concessions were sold to another company, that company boiled the Dodger Dogs. Very big news, when that changed happened. That company also banned Peanut Man Roger, from throwing peanuts, something he has been doing since the Dodgers were stolen to LA.

                                  Anyways, now there is a sign that says Grilled Dodger Dogs.

                                  Even way grilled or boiled, it's a second rate hot dog.

                                  1. re: reality check

                                    dang, Peanut Man Roger and a grilled Dodger dog takes me right back to the early 80's and some good childhood memories.

                                    and i used to love the older guy that sold programs out front.

                        2. Sounds like a popularity contest , cuz there is no way Pinks beats Costco.

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                          1. re: ns1

                            What I said: these dopey little filler items are not the result of any deep research, but of a need for something cute and snappy to use up five minutes. A quick poll of friends and staff, a brief writeup, and there ya go...and Hey, NOBODY takes hot dogs seriously, right?

                            1. re: Will Owen

                              I should have said this before....The reporter picked Pinks and Dodger Dogs because of HER past history with them growing up in LA. She went to the top three in the TV report but left the others to opinions I am sure. FAB will grow in popularity once they move to a larger location in about a month and expand the hours. BTW Slaw Dogs looked great but it will take a while for me to go back to Pasadena after leaving work I hated out there.

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