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Ripper hot dogs???

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Does anyone know if there is a place in LA that sells a ripper style hot dog?

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  1. Umm...excuse my ignorance, but what is a ripper style hot dog? I love a good hot dog and thought I knew all there was to know about hot dogs...obviously not!

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    1. re: Mindymo

      They're hot dogs cooked so hard they virtually explode through the skin -- leaving a "rip" in the side.

      Now -- do you know anywhere that sells them?

      1. re: TE

        They are deep fried in hot oil until they become very charred. I never tried one but saw it on a TV show about great hot dogs across the united States

        1. re: wojpol

          Right. Forgot to mention the hot oil. I've seen them on a couple Food Network programs.

          1. re: TE

            South Street in Burbank has a deep-fried, half-pound hot dog that meets that description.

            I don't want to know what it does to my arteries, but the one time I tried it it was *good*..


          1. re: 5fingers

            They don't cook hot dogs that way at Pinks, whose approach seems to be, "the more we can slop on a hot dog, the better the taste."

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        Steve Doggie-Dogg

        Someone recently mentioned that Surf Liquors in Santa Monica does a ripper. I haven't gotten there to check it out yet.

        See ya

        Link: http://www.hotdogspot.com

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        1. re: Steve Doggie-Dogg

          I made the aformentioned post, and after seeng a show on Rutt's rippers I'm going to revise the comments. Surf Liquors put their dogs in the automatic fryer machine along with the French or Freedom Fries, but its not in the machine long enough to become a ripper and I'm unsure they could leave it in long enough to become one. But it's still damn good.

          Along the same line, Johnnie's Pastrami whose Pastrami sucks, takes a 1/2 dog and throws it in the deep fryer then puts it on the flaming grill. I'm almost sure you could have them leave it in the fryer til it reaches the ripper state. Plus they have Krinkle cut fries. decent onion rings and great dill pickles.

          Surf Liquors
          2522 Main St, [@ Ocean Park]
          Santa Monica, 90405
          (310) 392-2819

          Johnnie's Pastrami
          4017 Sepulveda Blvd [@ Washington Place]
          Culver City, CA 90230
          (310) 397-6654

          1. re: P.

            That's a 1/2 lb dog at Johnnie's

            1. re: P.

              "Along the same line, Johnnie's Pastrami whose Pastrami sucks..." A knife in the heart. It's the best I know of and yes I've been to Langer's.

              1. re: The Old Man

                (You know that post was 3 years old, yes? There's little chance that the person will read your reply.)

                There are two totally different kinds of pastrami in LA. LA-style pastrami is done by Johnnie's and The Hat. NY-style pastrami is represented by Langer's and Brent's. Langer's is the best NY-style pastrami, but if you only like LA-style pastrami then you will be sad.

                1. re: Das Ubergeek

                  Actually I did read it and was debating whether to respond. It has been about 4 years since I did eat Johnnie's Pastrami. I have been back for other things though. at the time I did not know the difference between NY and LA Pastrami. Now I could appreciate the differences and will have to go back and judge it on its on merits and not against Langer's which I think is the best I've ever had.

                  Take Care

                  - P.

            2. re: Steve Doggie-Dogg

              Surf Liquors/Dogs as far as I know, no longer sells hot dogs. Hasn't for some time now.

            3. I think, but I'm not sure, that Barney's Beanery does hot dogs split open.

              My recollection of their chili dog is that it's almost an open faced sandwich that you eat with a knife and fork.

              Not sure if that qualifies, but that's what I remember.

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              1. re: PaulF

                Barneys has been closed for quite awhile, hasn't it?

              2. There's a new place called Fab Hot Dogs in Reseda

                6747 Tampa Avenue
                Reseda CA 91335

                And they, very proudly, serve Rippers. I haven't had one, so I can't attest to anything other than they have 'em.

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                1. re: Azizeh Barjesteh

                  Thanks! It's a hike from where I live (Silver Lake) but will be sure to try them out this week. Seems like they do a sampling of hot dogs from across the USA.

                  BTW - the web address is wrong - there's no "s" in it.

                  I'll post a review after I've chomped down a few of them.

                  1. re: JeMange

                    I drive by Fab Hot Dogs almost daily. I never gave it a shot because I figured it'd be lousy. I just Yelped it. Great reviews. Thanks for posting it Azizeh. I'll try one tomorrow.

                    1. re: JeMange

                      OMG, Fab even has mustard relish....I have been yearning for Rutt's dogs...Los Feliz to Reseda is a pain, but a lot easier than making it to Clifton, New Jersey!

                      1. re: Biffles

                        I live in Silver Lake and if you ever wanna carpool out there to get some dogs, lemme know!

                    2. re: Azizeh Barjesteh

                      damn. the website for Fab Hot dogs doesn't work. has it worked before?

                      also, i don't supposed this used to be Home Plate Burgers that served detroit coney hot dogs? or maybe the home plate burgers was on reseda blvd?

                      anyways fab does sound good, any clue if they are beef dogs or what?

                        1. re: ElsieDee

                          Yeah, sorry. I just copied it wrong. Teach me to do things by hand instead of cut and paste :)

                          1. re: Azizeh Barjesteh

                            Thank you! Next time I am in the valley I will have to try Fab's!! How long has it been there? Do you know? I have been wanting and dreaming of trying Rutt's ever since I saw The Hot Dog Show. Nice to know there are places near here that do them as well!! Thanks again!

                            1. re: WildSwede

                              Hi, WildSwede.

                              It's been there about 6 weeks.

                              1. re: WildSwede

                                Just got in touch with the owner but haven't tried it yet.

                                Pork and Beef dogs are the Deep Fried ones.

                                The others are all beef. All with natural casings. Sounds like it might worth a try. They seem to also have fritos pie on the menu.

                                And they are all imported from a place in New Jersey.

                      1. Rippers would be an awesome alternative choice to the death dogs that cart vendors sell around town.. Can they put a deep fryer in a cart??

                        1. that place The Dip at Hollywood and Highland has deep fried hot dogs on their menu. no idea if they're good or not.

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                          1. re: EatinThePizzaNaked

                            I tried Fabs today. I give it an edge over Carney's, which used to be my favorite, because Fabs has a wide variety of hot dogs. Many street vendor style hot dogs without the worry of sanitation because the place of so clean.

                            1. re: Galen

                              Fabs is soooooooooooo good. I tried it last week and already went back for more. The place is spotless; the people are friendly and the food is delicious and a great value.
                              I had never had a ripper before, but after trying one there, I am hooked!!!

                          2. Foster's Freeze deep fries their hotdogs like that, so if you ask for it well done I'm sure it will rip open.

                            By the way, has anyone tried the Fearless Beef Dogs from Trader Joes? The no-nitrite ones, uncured? YUM, they are REALLY good!