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Aug 11, 2005 12:33 AM

Good Chili Dog in The OC?

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I've seen posts asking for chili dogs in other areas, but can anyone tell me where I can find a really good chili dog anywhere in Orange County? I haven't been to Jerry's Dogs yet (is their chili good?) but will try them soon. A good chili dog depends not only on the dog, bun, and toppings, but the CHILI itself---and too many places seem to serve bland flour-thickened slop that can be bought in the can section of the 99-Cent Store. Any recommendations?

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  1. I don't know of any places in OC but in LA in Hollywood there is Skooby's which has the natural casing (it snaps), steamed bun and good chili. Not as good as a place I know in Michigan for coney island (Leo's) but closest thing I've found in LA. Drive up and have 3 dogs or so to get the fix in good.

    They also have good seasoned fries that are made from real potatos.

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    1. re: TurboHound

      I second Skooby's. Good stuff...but you'll have to buy more than one if you've got the munchies.

      In specific regards to their chili, you can actually taste and see chunks of beef; unlike the sludge they serve at Pink's.

    2. Try Hot Off The Grill - 16522 Bolsa Chica St, Huntington Beach

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      1. re: Sam

        Bad recommendation, my friend, because Hot Off the Grill is terrific for burgers, huge salads, quesadillas, and sandwiches---but their chili and hot dogs are very mediocre...I'm still waiting for some suggestions for chili dogs in Orange County!!

      2. The best chili dog is 50 miles from Orange County and it is called Carney's. There are two of them. One is on the Sunset Strip and the other is on Ventura Blvd in Sherman Oaks

        1. I've tried many hot dog places throughout OC and none were good enough to write home about. If you want a good chili dog you're going to have to travel to Hollywood or the SFV. You won't find places like Carney's, Wiener Factory, Skooby's, or The Stand in OC.

          1. Most of the other posts are right, there aren't many good suggestions for great chili dogs in OC. About the only decent ones I've had are at Tommy Burgers, and it's good more because of the chili than the hot dog. I love the chili at Tommy's, and they smother the entire hot dog with it. Also put a large pickle and tomato on top of it.

            Some friends of mine went to Red Rock Chili (in the Fashion Island food court, I think) last week, and while this is more of a chili place, I believe they have chili dogs there. My friends raved about the chili being excellent, but I don't think any of them tried a chili dog there. It might be worth checking out. I hope to try it sometime soon.

            I've been to Jerry's Dogs several times, but I tend to try their bratwursts and Polish or Italian sausages whenever I'm there, so I haven't sampled their chili dog yet.

            Haven't tried any of these following places yet, but they're on my list of hot dog places to try in the future. If any are near you, you can give us a report and let us know:

            Mustard's Chicago Style Hot Dogs
            3630 Katella Ave., Los Alamitos

            Pacific Coast Hot Dogs
            3438 E. Chapman Ave., Orange,
            & 300 Pacific Coast Hwy. Ste. 106-A, Huntington Beach

            East Coast Hot Dogs
            19092 Beach Blvd, Huntington Beach

            12161 Seal Beach Blvd, Seal Beach

            Chicago Harv's
            410 E Chapman Ave, Fullerton

            Fat Daddy's Auto Spa & Chicago Eatery
            900 W. Lincoln, Anaheim

            Hollingshead's Delicatessen (German deli)
            368 S Main St, Orange

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            1. re: Wonginator

              Hollingshead's dogs ROCK! Saturday only and the place is usually packed, unless there is a day game at the stadium.

              They fly the dogs in from Chicago. I'm a fan of the fire dogs and the brats (which are also served on nights the Packers play, like last night).


              1. re: oc climber

                BTW, Hollingshead's isn't German. The family background is English and the food there is midwestern/sandwich type stuff. Everything is homemade on site and good.

                Deviled eggs, baked beans to die for, pickled eggs, great big ole' pickles and amazing array of sammiches. Not to mention a beer selection that currently hovers around 400 types (although, Ken is into British and has a huge selection and Kenny is into Belgian ales and yet another huge selection).

                15 taps that rotate all of the time... best beer in OC hands down!

                1. re: oc climber

                  Is Hollingshead's far from Disneyland area?

                  1. re: Oh Robin

                    like 10 min by street (given taht's there's no traffic).

                2. re: oc climber

                  Does Hollingshead's Delicatessen make the monumentally hotdogsimplistic claim that they "fly the dogs in from Chicago," or do they say, "We use Vienna Beef"? If the former, then I wouldn't go near the place, because of the, er, hotdogsimplisticism; if the latter, it might be worth a try, although it is possible to screw up even a Vienna Beef dog -- witness my meal the other day at Portillo's.

                  1. re: Harry Nile

                    i don't think they're even open on saturdays anymore nor serve up those dogs anymore either.

                    1. re: kevin

                      yeah...portillos is juss not very good...tastes like any other hot dog...don't think they use vienna beef...or at least doesn't taste like a chicago dog