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Aug 9, 2005 04:19 PM

Good Chili Dog in SGV?

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I have been craving a good chili dog anywhere in the San Gabriel Valley where the dog meat and chili are both decent. I have already tried places such as the Hat, Tommy's, Ricks, Wolfes, but haven't been impressed. I guess i'm just spoiled when visiting great dog places like Carney's, Wiener Factory, or Skooby's whenever i'm in the big city. Thanks in advance!!!

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    Steve Doggie-Dogg

    Try Larry's Dogs in Burbank. They're on Burbank Bl near Hollywood Way. I agree with you about the places you've tried. I've tried them too, and they weren't worth reviewing.

    See ya


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    1. re: Steve Doggie-Dogg

      Hi Steve! Nice to see you here again! I second the Larry's rec - reminds me of my first and most favorite chili dog, Pappa John's in Van Nuys during the 70's. Ain't nothin' finer!

      1. re: Steve Doggie-Dogg

        I also recommend Larry's a good dog. The owner has added a few old skool sodas. Larry's ranks second to my all time favorite Chronies. It's in East L.A. just 5 minutes from downtown via the 60 freeway. The make a classic dog with some really good chili. From talking to the senior guy there their dog is custom, although many here swear its a Hoffey. So if you're looking for a classic old school dog I recommend you get yourself down to East Los Angeles. Chronies is the the last one of it's kind in L.A. And don't worry about the neighborhood east L.A. isn't as bad as they say it is.

        Then there is Art's the art of Hamburgers in El Monte, on Vally blvd. A good dog in the realm of Larry's. Do a search and I'm sure you'll find the address.

      2. My favorite chili dog in the SGV is from a tiny hole-in-the-wall place called Rick's Drive-In in Rosemead (not related to the other Rick's outlets around the SGV). The chili is homemade and has a nice spice and the dog meat is slit into four sections and grilled. I always order mine with extra onions that are thinly slithered. The final product is a chili dog that's huge and quite delicious! The other items on their menu are nothing to write home about. See photo below.

        Rick's Drive-In
        8640 Garvey Ave (1 blk east of Walnut Grove)

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        1. re: SoCal Foodie

          the best chili cheese dog you will find is at an old burger stand called cronies!!! it has been around for over 50 years and it is awesome! it is a locals only kind of place. it is in east los angeles on whittier blvd, just east of gerhart st on the north side of the street. it is an old looking green burger stand. try this place and you will not beleve it!!! it blows away pinks!!!!

          1. re: foodiebpn1

            Pink's suck the "Big Dog" Period. Anyone who likes Pinks has never had a good hot dog, despite the crowds and 60+ years in business! There are far better places in So Cal! Right Steve W.?

            1. re: Ollie

              I agree, I don't understand what all the hype is about, and why people swear by it, Pink's is not that good. I have went there enough times to say that the food is not worth the wait. Ollie, if you want the best tasting chili dog you definately have to go and try Chronies in East Los. I know it is not the SGV but definately worth the visit. It is located at the corner of Keenen and Whittier Blvd. Let me know if you have any questions. Good luck on your chili dog quest!