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rastan Dec 7, 2005 05:02 PM

I'm surprised that I wasn't able to find a recent thread about this in the archives. Who, in your opinion, puts together the finest chili dog in Los Angeles? What makes it better than the rest?


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    ipse dixit Dec 7, 2005 05:38 PM

    I'm partial to the chili dog at THE STAND and also to the ones served up THE HAT (www.thehat.com) when I can't get the time to drive to the SFV.

    Link: http://www.thestandlink.com/index.htm

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    1. re: ipse dixit
      Dave Gee Dec 7, 2005 08:05 PM

      I have given this issue great thought for many years and I have THE ANSWER. Go to Chili My Soul in Encino and get a pint of whatever chili strikes your fancy. Then run down the street 3 miles to Weiner Factory in Sherman Oaks for one of their dogs or polish sausages. Add condiments provided, add chili. Voila!

      1. re: Dave Gee
        Jess Dec 7, 2005 11:09 PM

        What about the chili dog they have at Chili My Soul? I've never had it, and doubt it compares all that well to the polish sausage at Weiner Factory, but wouldn't it do pretty well for one-stop shopping? The other items Chili My Soul does using chili (e.g., the burger, Nachos, and chili fries) are all very good.

        And the chili, imho, is far superior to the chili at The Stand.

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          Dave Gee Dec 8, 2005 10:16 AM

          It doesnt have to compare. My point was that your bringing together the best of two worlds so to speak-great chili and great hot dogs, polish sausages and chicken sausages. BTW the chili at WF could stand some work. Also I don't care for the Stand or anyplace that puts raisins on a hot dog. I am a die hard Weiner Factory devotee.

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          TomSwift Aug 7, 2007 11:27 PM

          That's a pretty good idea. The WF has great dogs but very ordinary chili but I'm concerned about the final assembly of the unit. If you work in the west SFV, the dog cart on Townsgate, south of the 101, off at Thousand Oaks Blvd, has Sabretts and pretty good chili. Lament the chili at Jay's. Now that was some chili!

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            B Minus Mar 11, 2008 12:18 PM

            Mmmmm... Jay's Grilldog. R.I.P.

        3. re: ipse dixit
          K Dec 8, 2005 12:30 AM

          I like The Stand chili dog. The Stand goes out of their way to make the hot dogs (and sausages)an epicurean experience by making several of their sauces from scratch. Owner told me they have 2 more Stands planned next year for the other side of the hill.
          Tommy's-I think a few years ago they changed the hot dog at Tommy's and it isn't a natural casing hot dog but a skinless hot dog. Still a great classic chili dog.

          Image: http://photos1.blogger.com/blogger/10...

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            spankbot Dec 12, 2006 12:19 AM

            That link doesn't work.

          2. re: ipse dixit
            Kitchen Queen May 12, 2008 09:45 PM

            Might I add that Mondays at the Stand is $1 dog day!

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            Wes Dec 7, 2005 06:29 PM

            I know this will rattle your senses but Der Weinersnitzel (sp) has pretty good chili dogs. The chili is very very good, the dog could use some improving. All in all though not a bad chili dog at all.

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            1. re: Wes
              WildSwede Dec 8, 2005 12:58 PM

              Try their all beef hotdog. They are good. I also love their chili cheese fries (well done, of course!)

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              Erika RollerGirl Dec 7, 2005 06:55 PM

              I just had my first Tommy's chili dog (with cheese) and I have to say it was probably the best one I've ever experienced. I'm not a chili dog fanatic but occassionally I'll get a craving for them and usually go to Weinerschnizel out of convenience. The chili dog at Tommy's is so far out of Weinerschnitzel's league in my opinion, it's not even funny. It was HUGE and covered in a heaping amount of chili and melted cheese and topped off with huge slices of pickles and salted tomatoes. Incredible! I will never look at Weinerschnitzel or The Stand the same again now that I've had this dog.

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              1. re: Erika RollerGirl
                Dommy! Dec 7, 2005 07:26 PM

                LOL! I was going to humbly offer Tommy's Chili Dog myself... Although personally, I perfer my dog on the simple side and I haven't had it in YEARS, but the times that I did, it was indeed wonderful as you describe...


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                  Just Larry Dec 7, 2005 10:07 PM

                  Years ago the Chili Dog and the Tamale were my favorites at Tommy's. It has been decades sine I was there. Glad to know that the Chili Dog is still on the menu. Now I gotta go back for a taste from the past.

                  1. re: Dommy!
                    Will Owen Dec 7, 2005 11:15 PM

                    ...and one evening as we were driving by the Tommy's on Hill Ave. just north of PCC, Tania said, "Oh...if you ever go there, get the chili dog."

                    I think I just heard my South Beach Diet make loud cracking noises...

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                  David Ford Dec 7, 2005 07:27 PM

                  Have never tried the chili dogs at Tommy's, Skooby's, The Stand, Pink's or Der Wienerschnitzel. So, to be fair, I cannot comment on these.

                  I have tried the "Carney Dog" at Carney's, though. I would highly recommend it to anyone seeking a good chili dog. I get mine with tomatoes on the side and enjoy the cool (and juicy) tomatoes juxtaposed against the hot, spicy hot dog, chili, mustard and bun combination.

                  One heck of a good chili dog at Carney's!

                  Two locations to choose from. I like the Ventura Boulevard location for ambience, but the Sunset Boulevard location has a liquor license.

                  Go, eat and enjoy!

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                  1. re: David Ford
                    David Ford Dec 7, 2005 07:52 PM

                    Oops! I meant to include these:

                    12601 Ventura Boulevard
                    Studio City, CA 91604
                    (818) 761-8300

                    8351 W. Sunset Boulevard
                    Los Angeles, CA 90069
                    (323) 654-8300

                    1. re: David Ford
                      WildSwede Dec 8, 2005 12:56 PM

                      I, for the first time, tried Carney's (on Ventura Blvd.) for the first time last night. WOW! Evereyone on this board was right. I ordered the small chili cheese fries (well done) and the Chicago Style Dog (mustard, relish, onions).
                      The dog was SO flavorful. I was really impressed. The chili fries were okay, but I found I needed to add salt to get the flavor "just right" for my 'buds. Add a few of those hot little yellow numbers and I was in good shape.
                      I only ate around 1/3 of the fries and the hot dog and was well satisfied.
                      Odd that I have never been here before and I grew up in the valley and have been driving by it forever!

                      1. re: WildSwede
                        David Ford Dec 8, 2005 11:14 PM

                        You definitely want to try the Carney Dog at some point. Not that I have much of a basis for comparison -- as evidenced by my first post. But to me, it is a truly delicious chili dog. Really good. Consider having it my way; with a mouthful of fresh tomato slice in every bite!

                        And if you want to try a good burger, order a "half-pound" cheeseburger with everything. You will not regret it. Be sure to go around the lunch or dinner rush if at all possible. It will maximize your chances for the best possible Carney's experience!

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                          WildSwede Dec 12, 2005 02:01 PM

                          Thanks, I will!! ;-)

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                            kabob lover Apr 7, 2008 12:36 PM

                            The Carney's Red Eye split and grilled is the bomb!!

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                        WildSwede Dec 8, 2005 01:19 PM

                        As mentioned below, I had the carney's dog (although not the chili dog) last night. Really good. I could see the chili dog being good.
                        I like Pinks. Ususally order their chili cheese fries and a chili cheese dog, and cannot finish either. Prefer the fries over the dog.
                        I personally prefer Cupid's which has a few original locations in the valley. Parthenia/just south of Nordhoff; Vanowen/just east of Winnetka. The original locations (unlike the "fake" new ones that are popping up) only serve hot dogs (original - chili, mustard, onions) add ketchup per request and cheese for .25 cents, drinks and chips. Period. Small hut, outside seating. Delicious!!
                        Weinerschnitzel does a good chili dog, but I prefer their all beef hotdog. Once again, I am more of a fan of their chili cheese friest (well done) than the dogs. I guess I am a big chili cheese fries person!!
                        Tommy's is good as well and as mentioned below - HUGE!
                        All of these places are different in their own way and are a matter of preference to each person's individual tastes. Try them out yourself and see which place comes out ahead!!
                        I have also had the chili dogs at The Hat which is okay and Wolfe Burgers (which by the way has a change of owner notice in the window) which I have no recollection of whether or not I liked.

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                          Jeff Dec 8, 2005 05:15 PM

                          My vote would be for Topps over in Pasadena or Arcadia. If you get their chili-cheesedog with diced onions over it with a side of onion-rings you'll be set! I'm a big fan of Tommy's as well but Topps is good for that small town feel. I'd also get a small order of chili-cheese fries there too but that'd be overkill. =P

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                            xciceroguy Dec 10, 2006 07:38 PM

                            Tommy's is my favorite but Pinks and The Hat are also pretty good. You also might want to try Lucky Boy in Pasadena.

                            1. monku Dec 12, 2006 12:23 AM

                              Tommy's is the best....there's so much chili on the hot dog I can dip my fries into the chili and have chili and fries and plenty of chili left for the dog. They also put a hefty couple slices of tomatoes and plenty of pickles.

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                                iknowfood64 Aug 7, 2007 08:07 PM

                                I love chili dogs and have tried many of them across Los Angeles, but hands down the champion of all chili dogs, with or with out cheese, is and always will be Chronies in East L.A. I have been going to this spot and eating chili dogs and the rest of their food since I was a little boy. I highly recommend this place to anyone who enjoys good food from a good hamburger/hot dog stand. Their good food does not stop at chili dogs, they also have very good cheese burgers, tamales, pastramis, chili cheese fries and root beer floats. When I eat at Chronies I order, a chile cheese dog, double cheese burger, regular hot dog, fries, and a lemonade. This is what makes me happy.

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                                1. re: iknowfood64
                                  nrique Aug 9, 2007 01:59 PM

                                  I got to agree with inknowfood64, Chronies is the last traditional dog left in L.A.
                                  The stand has been open since the late 30's. The chili is top knotch, the burgers are fresh and tasty (the size of an In N out patty). It's on the corner of Keenan and Whittier Blvd. in East L.A. a must not miss joint. Owned and operated by the same family.
                                  Closed Sundays

                                  My second best chili dog spot is in Burbank called Larry's. Very good chili, the dog is a natural casing. The offer a full menu, the burgers are good!
                                  3122 W. Burbank Blvd.
                                  Burbank Ca. 91505
                                  818 842 0244
                                  Closed Sundays

                                  1. re: iknowfood64
                                    Ernie Apr 10, 2008 08:50 PM

                                    Love Chronis! Yes this place is great. Very cool old (real) eastside stand with great hot dogs and hamburgers. My mom used to take me there all the time. Do they still have the 4-fingered dog?

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                                    alkyd9 Aug 9, 2007 02:34 PM

                                    For my taste, Original Cupid's on Lindley Ave in Northridge is the best dog LA. The dog has a nice snap, with delicious chili - I think it is the cumin that makes it so great. Pink's is the most over rated place in LA, barely worth the wait. Who cares if you might see Ruth Buzzy? If the Hot Dog Factory is still in Sherman Oaks on Ventura, they get my runner-up. I live within walking distance of the Hat in Pasadena, & never go anymore - It was always disappointing.

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                                    1. re: alkyd9
                                      GK in SO Aug 9, 2007 02:43 PM

                                      Alkyd9, that's the WEINER Factory in SO, and yes, it's still there (despite an unsuccessful attempt by the property owner to put a Pinkberry in that space).

                                      I also grew up eating Cupid's dogs on Lindley, and yes, they are very good--nice snap. However, I now prefer WF's turkey dog, which has a nice, slightly spicy kick to it, along with their chili, mustard and onions. The two dogs are pretty similar, but both are far superior to Pink's or Tommy's.

                                      Oh, WF's chili is pretty darn good too.

                                      1. re: alkyd9
                                        WildSwede Aug 9, 2007 02:45 PM

                                        Cupids takes #1 for me, too.

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                                          Otius Gojius Sep 5, 2007 12:17 AM

                                          Last week, at the Lindley store by CSUN) I got two Cupids dogs (chili, onions, mustard) and a small drink, I think it was less than $6. Bun = fresh, perfectly steamed, onions = fresh, sweet, chili = just what I want in chili, weiner = tasty and snappy.
                                          I hit the jackpot, two perfect chili dogs, in my neighborhood for $6, no waiting, it's a rich full life.

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                                            WildSwede Sep 5, 2007 07:36 AM

                                            YAY! I LOVE Cupid's. Have been going there since I was a kid. Whenever I am in the valley, I usually make a stop - eat one (same way you had it) and get 3 or 4 to go (triple-wrapped, please). They keep up fairly well in the micro. YUMMY!!

                                            1. re: WildSwede
                                              jdgoodman Mar 11, 2008 04:34 PM

                                              Yep! Cupids for me. I went to San Fernando Valley State College (before it became Cal State Northridge) and used to go to Cupids everyday. It was right across the street and the dogs were $.50 each. How things have changed, but the dog tastes the same.

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                                        ns1 Sep 5, 2007 12:56 PM

                                        nobody's mentioned this yet???

                                        oki dog makes a wonderfully delicious perfectly proportioned chili dog, which I find blows away Tommy's and Pinks.

                                        Note that I had a Tommy's dog last night

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                                        1. re: ns1
                                          Skunk2Racer Sep 5, 2007 01:30 PM

                                          Actually i Did on the other Best Hot dog post. How can you beat 2 hot dogs wrapped in a flour tortilla topped with pastrami, chili and cheese? i ask the guy for "Yasai" he then adds grilled onions, peppers & cabbage Do you ever get the hot pickled cabbage pieces floating in the Hot Yellow chili pepper jar?

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                                            ns1 Sep 5, 2007 02:51 PM

                                            that was the other post, not this one ;)

                                            I dont, never even knew it was possible until you mentioned it.

                                        2. tatertotsrock Sep 5, 2007 03:15 PM

                                          WEINER FACTORY

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                                            Velvet Elvis Sep 6, 2007 04:59 PM

                                            I tried the chili dog at Tommy's for the first time yesterday. It was quite tasty. I was a bit unsure about the pickle slices on top at first, but they really added something nice to the overall flavor. It is definitely a good chili dog.

                                            1. tatertotsrock Sep 6, 2007 11:18 PM

                                              I am so upset right now!!!
                                              This thread has gotten me in the mood to try an old favorite dog...so I went to the Bev/Rampart Tommy's tonight since I'm going to San Fran tomorrow and my friend requested that I bring him some Tommy's chili...I got a chili dog. Asked for "a chilli dog with just cheese, chili, mustard and ketchup." the guy said "everything?" I said "no, just chili, cheese, mustard, and ketchup." What did I get when I got home....mayo! YUK YUK YIYUK!!! I am SOOO PISSED OFF, not just because someone was in my parking spot, but because, whay would anyone p[ut mayo on a dog?
                                              Please, if you like it, tell me why? I tried to eat it, but eeewwww!!! Nasty!!!
                                              Oh, well, my friend will be happy with his chili in the morning, and I guess I save my ass a few calories.
                                              Good night!

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                                              1. re: tatertotsrock
                                                WildSwede Sep 7, 2007 10:37 AM

                                                I have never gotten mayo on my chili dog at Tommy's. That is WEIRD!! I am sorry about that! However, last time I got the dog just mustard and onions (I always ask for pickles on the side and no tomatoes even when I get the chili cheese dog) and it was fantastic! So from now on that will be my order: hot dog w/ Must & onions, chili cheese fries, cooked well done, extra chili. Amen!

                                                1. re: WildSwede
                                                  tatertotsrock Sep 9, 2007 11:42 PM

                                                  HI WildSwede,
                                                  So strange with the may thing huh? I had never gotten mayo on a dog there either.
                                                  Anyway, the hot dog spirit was recaptured thanks to the hot dog I had at the Doger game while in San Fran on Friday night...such a good dog.
                                                  Just mustard, ketchup, and relish...mmmm. Snappy casing, soft, steamy bun, and an IPA to wash it down...mmm.
                                                  Then went to AME for dinner on Sat to eat some more civilized food.
                                                  So, have you tried some of the hot dog places on Burban Blvd like Chili Johns, or Larrys...there looks as if there are quite a few on that stretch of Burbank Blvd between Hollywood Way and Victory...let me know if you have an opionion on any of them.

                                                  1. re: tatertotsrock
                                                    WildSwede Sep 10, 2007 08:24 AM

                                                    I LOVE Larry's. It reminds me a lot of the first place I ever had chili dogs - Papa John's on Hazeltine and Victory in the 70's. It transports me straight back there when I bite into one of his.
                                                    Chili John's I cannot comment on really since when I went it was 15 minutes before they closed (every other time I had driven by they were closed) and they habve a policy of not serving anymore (you can get it to go, however). So I ordered an order of their chili spaghetti (my childhood fave from Bob's Big Boy) spicy. I did not eat it for a couple of days. By that point, it was a disgusting, grainy, congealed mess. So I cannot honestly say whether it was good or not. I will need to eat it fresh, in house to feel like I am doing it justice. Sorry.
                                                    However, I did have my MOST FAVORITE chili dog, Cupid's yesterday. It is a dream on a bun, as far as I am concerned!! ;-)

                                                    1. re: WildSwede
                                                      tatertotsrock Sep 10, 2007 10:40 AM

                                                      Thnaks WildeSwede,
                                                      I can't wait to try Larry's.
                                                      I noticed another Chicago Style Hot DOg place on Hollywood way near I think Alamenda or Chandler or something..they are on a corner and serve all kinds of other items...will most likely try it on the same day as Larry's...a girl's gotta have goals y'know.I'll report back.

                                                      1. re: tatertotsrock
                                                        WildSwede Sep 10, 2007 01:47 PM

                                                        Yeah - its called Taste Chicago. The Chicago Dog was good, but stay away from their pizza - bleech! ;-)
                                                        I hear ya! ;-) I think our goals parallel eachother's nicely!!
                                                        Don't get the chili cheese fries at Larry's as I think it is way overpriced for the pitiful amount of chili and cheese they give you. Stick with the chili cheese dogs!

                                                        1. re: tatertotsrock
                                                          DiveFan Sep 10, 2007 02:01 PM

                                                          tatertotsrock, you probably saw Taste Chicago. Check their menu out, they don't serve chili dogs. IMO they have the best Italian beef in LA and reportedly their Chicago style dog is very good.

                                                          Some homework :-) here: http://www.chowhound.com/topics/368610

                                                          Tommy's Original World Famous
                                                          2575 Beverly Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90057

                                                          Wiener Factory
                                                          14917 Ventura Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 91403

                                                          Taste Chicago
                                                          603 N Hollywood Way, Burbank, CA 91505

                                                          Larry's Chili Dog
                                                          3122 W Burbank Blvd, Burbank, CA 91505

                                                          Cupid's Hot Dogs
                                                          233 N MacLay Ave, San Fernando, CA 91340

                                                          1. re: DiveFan
                                                            tatertotsrock Sep 10, 2007 08:02 PM

                                                            Thanks DiveFan and WIldeSwede...I'll be heading over there tomorrow when I go to the Credit Union.

                                                            1. re: tatertotsrock
                                                              WildSwede Sep 11, 2007 07:54 AM

                                                              Also, I am not sure about that address for Cupid's that DiveFan posted. The "original" Cupid's only have 3 remaining locations - confirmed by the grandson of one of the original partners this past weekend (do not be fooled by the ones that serve sausages, hamburgers, fries, kebabs - these are not original and the taste is definitely different). The three originals are located at Vanowen/Winnetka (just east of Winnetka) in Reseda (okay now it is called Winnetka), on Lindley just south of Nordhoff in Northridge and there is another in Simi Valley.

                                                              1. re: WildSwede
                                                                DiveFan Sep 11, 2007 12:43 PM

                                                                Ya, I've been there but I couldn't find the Lindley/Nordhoff location online anywhere! Perhaps they don't have a phone..... The website http://www.cupidshotdogs.com/ is completely Content Free so we don't know Who it belongs to.....
                                                                The Original Cupid's current owners don't seem too interested in maintaining their brand. The closest one to me in Torrance is named Cupid's Hot Dog Crunch & Cream - what the.....

                                                                1. re: DiveFan
                                                                  WildSwede Sep 11, 2007 02:24 PM

                                                                  I tried the phone book and saw both of those - oddly enough, none of the original ones are listed.

                                                2. DiveFan Sep 8, 2007 02:37 AM

                                                  A real sleeper is Chili My Soul. Yes, they have a hot dog ('Soul Dog') and the chili is extra. Pricey - but what great chili!! See the menu on the web site in the Place link.

                                                  Chili My Soul
                                                  4928 Balboa Blvd, Encino, CA 91316

                                                  1. JackonCrack Sep 30, 2007 12:36 PM

                                                    Chronis Famous Sandwich Shop. Ignore the "sandwich shop"part of its name and go for the Chili dogs. yuuuuuum.

                                                    down and dirty, very "oki dog" in its ambience (i.e. very little) but good fries and dog meat nonetheless.

                                                    Chronis Famous Sandwich Shop
                                                    t.(323) 728-7806

                                                    5825 Whittier Blvd
                                                    Los Angeles, CA 90022

                                                    1. DiveFan Oct 1, 2007 12:53 PM

                                                      More links:

                                                      Carney's: http://www.chow.com/places/7439

                                                      The Stand
                                                      17000 Ventura Blvd Ste 204, Encino, CA 91316

                                                      The Hat
                                                      491 N Lake Ave, Pasadena, CA 91101

                                                      5825 Whittier Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90022

                                                      1. 48pinups Oct 2, 2007 12:11 AM

                                                        Carney's & Pink's for sure!

                                                        Carney's b/c there chili is good and they put just enough on that it doesn't get everywhere and every bite is pefectly proportioned with hot dog and chili.

                                                        Pink's b/c their chili is good (not as good as Carkey's), but it's an LA staple and they're dogs (every dog listed on the menu) is made to perfection.

                                                        1. ElJeffe Oct 2, 2007 09:38 AM

                                                          Pink's is crap. Colony Cafe actually has a really nice one.

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                                                            kabob lover Mar 3, 2008 04:30 PM

                                                            After Ruben's Red Hots closed I have yet to find a replacement.

                                                            1. fgrade Mar 4, 2008 02:36 PM

                                                              tommy's for sure, for years i was reluctant to order one, a good friend of mine would always order one along with a double burger and a tamal (extra extra chili on all of course), and when i finally had it, it was the messiest sloppiest most delicious chili dog anywhere

                                                              haven't had one in years, but the wonderful memories are still there, thank you mr. koulax, you will always be remembered

                                                              1. JackonCrack Mar 9, 2008 01:15 PM

                                                                Just went to Art's Famous Chili Dogs (a stand/booth) on Florence (near Western)

                                                                1410 W Florence Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90047


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                                                                  nrique Mar 10, 2008 08:22 PM

                                                                  Usually I would get on here and write about Larry's and Chroni's chili dogs but I am proud to announce a NEW member of my top 3 list (really a top 2 list).
                                                                  The dog is a larger dog (not your typical Hoffey size link) split and grilled. The bun is very good and the toppings are plentiful.
                                                                  I ordered the Chili Cheese dog with onions and there were PLENTY of onions fresh and tasty. The chili was good,meaty with a nice consistency. Cheese was shredded instead of sliced and the amount did not overload the chili.
                                                                  The whole dog was a little too heavy to lift without keeping it in the paper tray my buddy tried and ended up with chili everywhere.

                                                                  This dog has tied Larry's in my book, and for around three bucks its a GOOD dog all around.

                                                                  So my TOP DOG list is:

                                                                  1) Chroni's - the best classic chili dog in L.A. the chili is tops. The size is perfect, not too big or small.

                                                                  2) Larrys - in Burbank, good dog but the balance of chili and cheese needs work. Too much cheese not enough chili.

                                                                  and PHAROHS on the corner of Atlantic and Garfield in Alhambra. Yeah the little joint across the street from the In N out. Even though the dog is skin less the grilling more than made up for it. And if you are a fried mushroom lover they make a Killer order. Try the small order first and then work your way up to the large.

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                                                                  1. re: nrique
                                                                    WildSwede Mar 11, 2008 12:00 PM

                                                                    I have never tried Pharoh's ccd. I have had the burger (good) and the chili cheese fries (fine) but not the dog. Another ccd that I like (they split and grill theirs, too) is Wolfe Burgers on north Lake in Pasadena.

                                                                    1. re: nrique
                                                                      SoCal Foodie Mar 11, 2008 06:01 PM

                                                                      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, 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. The description of the chili dog at Pharo's seems similar and I will have to check it out.

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

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                                                                        nrique Mar 16, 2008 10:56 PM

                                                                        Wolfe's - best regular burger hands down . . . but the ccd lost major points when I couldn't pick it up! Had to use a knife and fork to eat it.
                                                                        Same thing with Rick's in Rosemead - the dog was just too darn big to eat with my hands. I like the burgers at Rick's, the double cheese I had was really good.

                                                                        1. re: nrique
                                                                          WildSwede Mar 17, 2008 07:47 AM

                                                                          I always eat it with a knife and fork. They grill their bun, which causes them to break apart and it definitely makes it a knife and fork meal!
                                                                          I had a very passable CCD on Saturday at The Chili King (they serve more Salvadorean food (pupusas, champurrado [everyone had one], etc. than chili items) on Hawthorne Blvd. in Inglewood(north of the 105, connected to a car wash). Nice huge grilled (I believe) all-beef hot dogs. Chili was passable and topped with shredded mixed white and yellow cheddar. $3.

                                                                    2. SecretAsianMan Apr 8, 2008 02:56 AM

                                                                      in case you were craving a credible vegetarian option, I have to give two enthusiastic thumbs up to the chili dog at Covina Tasty on Citrus. You'd never know it wasn't meat! I had two last week!

                                                                      1. ROBBARNES Apr 8, 2008 04:30 AM

                                                                        my 2 pennies..goes with Tommy's as it just works great when you want to feast on the down low..

                                                                        1. JackonCrack Apr 10, 2008 12:02 PM

                                                                          Has anyone been to Cho Choo Hotdogs in Eagel Rock/Glassel Park (across the street and up the block from the Fresh and Easy, near where the Rambos Taco truck sometimes parks on Eagel Rock Blvd)?

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                                                                          1. re: JackonCrack
                                                                            WildSwede Apr 10, 2008 02:45 PM

                                                                            No, but I will. But I did try that new place that sells hot dogs and frozen yogurt next to Europane and directly below Indochine on Colorado/Mentor yesterday. It has a name like "Freezee Cups" or "Tutti Frutti" or something like that. They offer two hot dogs: regular (sauerkraut, onions, mustard, ketchup, etc) and something called the Colombia Dog. I was intrigued after reading what is tossed onto these puppies. Guess which one I ordered.
                                                                            Okay, first off they serve Hebrew Nationals. Not the little puny ones either, the jumbo ones. The Columbia Dog comes with ham, pineapple, onions, "house sauce" (some mayo concoction), mustard, ketchup, crushed up potato chips (cannot remember if there was cheese on it or not). I was a little nervous, but it was really good. The ingredients came together well and fell off the dog just as well. I also ordered some type of Columbian apple flavored soda which reminds me of Mundrial (I think that is what it is called). Came to $7.04 (with a bag of chips) not counting the $1 I threw into the tip jar. They also offer smoothies. I think 4 kinds. Really was only focusing on the dogs and nother else. If you want a truly different dog, this is the place for you.

                                                                            1. re: WildSwede
                                                                              ozzygee Apr 10, 2008 04:10 PM

                                                                              Whoah. I was intrigued so i looked them up:


                                                                              I'll have to check them out soon.

                                                                              Tutti Frutti
                                                                              950 E Colorado Blvd, Pasadena, CA 91106

                                                                              1. re: WildSwede
                                                                                JackonCrack Apr 11, 2008 01:47 AM

                                                                                Wow, that sounds tasty --! I'll have to swing by!

                                                                                Let us know how the Cho Cho dogs are! It's been on my list forever (along with Vicious Dogs in North Hollywood, one day i"ll get to it!)

                                                                                1. re: JackonCrack
                                                                                  yellojello May 12, 2008 02:02 PM

                                                                                  Hey, just went to Choo Choo in Glassell Park. Pretty good chili dog - good chili, nice juicy thick dog, good cheese/tomato/onion/mustard toppings. No fries though, and they were out of chips, which was a bummer. I would have to say not as good in my opinion as the Hat or Lucky Boy in Pasadena, but pretty good. I would go back again...

                                                                            2. l
                                                                              la tache burger Apr 10, 2008 03:07 PM

                                                                              IMO: Carney's best and most consistent. Pink's not consistent but when good it's sublime. Skooby's is awful. Tommy's, never had the dog.

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                                                                              1. re: la tache burger
                                                                                Kevitivity Apr 10, 2008 04:27 PM

                                                                                Awful? Really? My only problem with Skooby's CCD is that they come very little chili or cheese. But I like the dogs and appreciate the smaller buns.

                                                                                1. re: la tache burger
                                                                                  Servorg Apr 10, 2008 04:32 PM

                                                                                  I concur on Carney's. I like everything about their CCD, except it would be even better if they used grated cheddar rather than some kraft singles like cheese slice. Tommy's in Santa Monica was really not that great. Chili was just okay and the dog was not good. They have the same weakness that my local Big Tomy's does (NE corner of Sawtelle and Pico).

                                                                                  1. re: la tache burger
                                                                                    WildSwede Apr 11, 2008 08:19 AM

                                                                                    Actually, the Tommy's dog is really good. Cantella's brand (or something like that). Big, meaty, tasty. I was really impressed with how good they are. Recently, I have veered from my usual CCD and have taken to ordering it with just mustard, onions and relish and then getting my usual chili-cheese fries, extra chili cooked well done. That way, if I want some chili on my dog, I can just take it from the fries. Either way, that dog really stands its own! At Pink's, I love their chili cheese fries (well done, of course) above all else. Carneys is good, really good. Have never had Skooby's. Cupid's CCDs still take first prize for this girl!! ;-)

                                                                                  2. w
                                                                                    woofer Apr 10, 2008 04:15 PM

                                                                                    i'm a fan of the stand. they make it whatever way you want, grilled or boiled. love the red hote dog, whew is it spicy!

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                                                                                    1. re: woofer
                                                                                      nrique Apr 10, 2008 08:27 PM

                                                                                      If your in Burbank:
                                                                                      Larry's Chili Dog & Grill
                                                                                      3122 W. Burbank Ca 91505

                                                                                      1. re: nrique
                                                                                        jackattack May 12, 2008 05:33 PM

                                                                                        I like Larry's, too. Really good service and the fries are always PIPING hot.

                                                                                    2. ROBBARNES Apr 15, 2008 05:25 AM

                                                                                      my vote if it is worth anything Pink's

                                                                                      1. m
                                                                                        mopeyboy Apr 17, 2008 11:46 AM

                                                                                        Best chili dog is Weeneez on Spring Street

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                                                                                        1. re: mopeyboy
                                                                                          ns1 Apr 17, 2008 12:13 PM

                                                                                          weeneez is pretty damn good. kinda pricey though.

                                                                                          1. re: ns1
                                                                                            JackonCrack Apr 17, 2008 11:27 PM

                                                                                            and i wish their buns held up better under the chili.

                                                                                            (Also, i love dipping fries in the chili, but they only have chips! Frito Pie ain't the same!)

                                                                                        2. s
                                                                                          shannon33 May 4, 2008 06:41 PM

                                                                                          The best in the valley was Weiner Factory, but they are now gone. The best is Cupid's and then Tommy's. Have not tried the Stand, but will now. The best overall though is Pinks

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                                                                                          1. re: shannon33
                                                                                            Servorg May 4, 2008 07:44 PM

                                                                                            Give Carney's a try, either Studio City or West Hollywood.

                                                                                          2. j
                                                                                            jay 1 Jul 17, 2008 08:18 PM

                                                                                            had lunch at weeneez today. the chili was meaty, spiced well and NOT greasy, as is the case with most chili. at $4.35 for a ccd, it is a bit pricey, and my complaint is it's not a very substantial dog. a tasty dog, but a little more meat would make it a more satisfying experience. since wiener factory is gone, this is as good as any other dog i'm aware of, (haven't been to skooby's) but 5th & spring is not really a destination kind of spot. the other consideration is, unless you work downtown, for a similar drive and a couple of more bucks (my lunch of 2 ccds, drink chips & side of slaw was $11.00) you can grab a pastrami at langer's. but if you want a dog, this is a tasty one.

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                                                                                              nrique Nov 25, 2008 07:38 PM

                                                                                              Has any one tried MUSTARDS in North Long Beach on the corner of Long Beach Ave and Wardlow. I pass it now and then but never had the chance to go in. Supposed to be Chicago Style dogs.

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                                                                                              1. re: nrique
                                                                                                kevin Nov 25, 2008 09:45 PM

                                                                                                it's alright, it purveys all the vienna beef wares. i think you mean atlantic and wardlow though. it's definitely worth a try. lots of neons signs in there and maps of chicago, jerseys, etc.

                                                                                              2. b
                                                                                                Burger Boy Nov 25, 2008 08:55 PM

                                                                                                Art's The Art of the Hamburger. Great Chili Dogs, and Chili Burgers, just make sire you ask for no letuce and no thousand on your burger.

                                                                                                1. k
                                                                                                  Kablooie Nov 28, 2008 10:12 AM

                                                                                                  Hound Dog Hot Dog Shop
                                                                                                  8749 Glenoaks Blvd, Sun Valley

                                                                                                  No one has ever mentioned it but it's got the greatest chili dogs I've had. Great chili, finely grated cheese.
                                                                                                  I guess it's a little out of the way but I think it's worth the trip. They have a meal deal with two chili dogs, chips and drink for around 7 bucks.

                                                                                                  It's near the intersection with Sunland Blvd.

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                                                                                                  1. re: Kablooie
                                                                                                    kevin Nov 28, 2008 03:40 PM

                                                                                                    are the dogs all beef dogs? do you happen to know the purveyor? also, is the chili all beef?

                                                                                                    thanks. it is out of the way. what neighboring communities or cities is Sun Valley close to?

                                                                                                    1. re: kevin
                                                                                                      Servorg Nov 28, 2008 05:34 PM

                                                                                                      Previously commented upon back in 2005 (and another time in 2007 but I can't recall who posted that mention) by Steve-Doggy-Dog: http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/7646...

                                                                                                      Sun Valley (no skiing) is adjacent to Tujunga / San Fernando in the far reaches of the NE Valley of San Fernando.

                                                                                                  2. HoundDogz Jul 15, 2010 08:32 AM

                                                                                                    I know this is an old thread but here it goes. Skooby's is great. Love the food and the staff. Pinks well, it's good but over rated. It's not worth the long lines and it's not that special.

                                                                                                    The best place for Hot Dogs I like is in Alhambra and it's called Tops Jr or Tops Junior. They used to be under the same ownership as the Tops in Pasadena but broke away years ago. The chili and the dog taste different at Tops Jr. I prefer Tops Jr over Tops. The Tops Jr chili is amazing. The overall chili dog is my favorite of the LA area (west or east side). The chili cheese fries as you guessed are great. It's on Main in Alhambra east of the Target store.

                                                                                                    6654 Hollywood Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90028

                                                                                                    Tops Junior
                                                                                                    2407 W Main St, Alhambra, CA 91801

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                                                                                                    1. re: HoundDogz
                                                                                                      HoundDogz Jul 15, 2010 09:46 AM

                                                                                                      I don't recall including the addresses of Skooby's and Tops Junior but whoever inserted that in my post I appreciate that. Maybe the site admin was able to do that. Thanks for posting the addresses so people will have an easy time finding these places.

                                                                                                      6654 Hollywood Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90028

                                                                                                      Tops Junior
                                                                                                      2407 W Main St, Alhambra, CA 91801

                                                                                                      1. re: HoundDogz
                                                                                                        ns1 Jul 19, 2010 01:04 PM

                                                                                                        Just FYI to anyone searching, Skooby's uses peanut oil on basically everything, so it's a no dice if you got peanut allergies (found this out the hard way!)

                                                                                                        6654 Hollywood Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90028

                                                                                                        1. re: ns1
                                                                                                          HoundDogz Jul 20, 2010 12:16 PM

                                                                                                          I feel bad for those who have a peanut oil allergy because peanut oil is very good when it comes to frying french fries. It's opinion though, some might not like it but for me it's great stuff.

                                                                                                          1. re: HoundDogz
                                                                                                            Servorg Jul 20, 2010 12:21 PM

                                                                                                            For the great majority of those who do suffer from an allergy to peanuts, pure peanut oil (with the exception of cold pressed oil) does not trigger an allergic reaction since the oil lacks the protein that sets off the allergic attack.

                                                                                                            1. re: Servorg
                                                                                                              ns1 Jul 20, 2010 12:22 PM

                                                                                                              After eating a few fries @ Chick Fil A (another peanut oil chain), the wifey will whole-heartedly disagree.

                                                                                                              1. re: ns1
                                                                                                                Servorg Jul 20, 2010 12:24 PM

                                                                                                                She evidently falls into the small minority that reacts to it, or there is some other type of cross contamination/use of cold pressed peanut oil going on in that case.

                                                                                                                1. re: Servorg
                                                                                                                  jeanmarieok Jul 20, 2010 12:28 PM

                                                                                                                  On the other side of that argument, my nephew has a peanut allergy, and is able to use peanut oil with no problems. It's all about the protein......

                                                                                                      2. r
                                                                                                        reality check Jul 20, 2010 12:46 PM

                                                                                                        I'm a fan of Art's Chili Dogs on Florence and Normandie, yes, that Florence and Normandie.

                                                                                                        Art's Chili Dog
                                                                                                        1410 W Florence Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90047

                                                                                                        1. n
                                                                                                          nrique Jul 25, 2010 05:18 PM


                                                                                                          You'll find my review of a new hot dog stand in South Gate. Give it a read and Go try this place. It's not everyday someone opens a new stand trying for the title of best dog around.

                                                                                                          It's called P Dogs.

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                                                                                                          1. re: nrique
                                                                                                            monku Jul 25, 2010 10:17 PM

                                                                                                            "not everyday someone opens a new stand trying for the title of best dog around"

                                                                                                            The last place I remember that did that was Between The Bun....when they opened they had a huge banner that said "Voted Best Hot Dog". My thought was by who?

                                                                                                            1. re: monku
                                                                                                              Burger Boy Jul 25, 2010 10:45 PM

                                                                                                              Was that the place on 3rd near the 710 frwy? That place was good. Before Fabs & Slaw Dogs, that damn construction messed him up!

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

                                                                                                              1. re: Burger Boy
                                                                                                                monku Jul 25, 2010 10:56 PM

                                                                                                                That was the place.
                                                                                                                I think their problem was the location (construction) and trying to sell a $4-$5 chili dog in a neighborhood selling $1 tacos. Plus their hours weren't consistent...seems like they opened when they wanted.

                                                                                                                1. re: Burger Boy
                                                                                                                  la vida dulce Aug 1, 2010 03:16 PM

                                                                                                                  that is now the home of King Taco. It used to be a great burger & pastrami joint.

                                                                                                            2. t
                                                                                                              Tony Miller Jul 28, 2010 12:28 PM

                                                                                                              Sadly, this is an obsolete response. For something like 40 years, I went to Orange Julius stands wherever I found them, and always had two chili cheese dogs with onions (and a regular Julius). Not much originality there, but great, comfortable taste.

                                                                                                              This worked very satisfactorily for me both in L.A. and in Minneapolis, both of which had OJ stands.

                                                                                                              Now, the only OJ stand I'm aware of in L.A. is in Redondo Beach, and they don't even offer chili dogs. Sighhh.

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                                                                                                              1. re: Tony Miller
                                                                                                                HoundDogz Jul 28, 2010 12:48 PM

                                                                                                                They used to have Orange Julius in the Glendale Galleria as recently as a few years ago. I have not been back to the Galleria since then so I don't know if it's there or not. You could try there. I doubt the one in the Galleria offered chili dogs though, maybe a few only where you used to go.

                                                                                                                1. re: Tony Miller
                                                                                                                  kevin Jul 28, 2010 02:30 PM

                                                                                                                  There's one in the fox hills mall, and they have chili dogs too.

                                                                                                                  1. re: kevin
                                                                                                                    HoundDogz Jul 28, 2010 02:46 PM

                                                                                                                    Do you like the chili dogs at Orange Julius? Some Carl's Jrs have 'em too.

                                                                                                                    1. re: HoundDogz
                                                                                                                      Tony Miller Jul 28, 2010 03:16 PM

                                                                                                                      Yeah, I DID like the OJ chili dogs, particularly in combination with the Julius drink.

                                                                                                                      1. re: Tony Miller
                                                                                                                        kevin Jul 28, 2010 03:18 PM

                                                                                                                        it's a little like graya's papaya in ny where you have one of those fruit juice smoothies with the dogs.

                                                                                                                        1. re: kevin
                                                                                                                          HoundDogz Jul 28, 2010 06:06 PM

                                                                                                                          I heard of Papaya King but not Graya's Papaya. Are the two similar?

                                                                                                                          1. re: HoundDogz
                                                                                                                            monku Jul 28, 2010 06:10 PM

                                                                                                                            Gray's Papaya was started by a former partner of Papaya King. There are 3 Gray's Papaya in Manhattan.

                                                                                                                        2. re: Tony Miller
                                                                                                                          HoundDogz Jul 28, 2010 06:05 PM

                                                                                                                          Good review. I think based on your review I will try that out when I come across an OJ.

                                                                                                                    2. re: Tony Miller
                                                                                                                      WildSwede Jul 28, 2010 04:27 PM

                                                                                                                      Ahhh, memories. One of my good friends used to work at the OJ in the Northridge mall and Topanga Plaza in high school and I used to get FREE OJ dogs and drinks. Those were the days!! I think that was when I realized I needed to order fries well done - theirs were these wedge-shaped things and they always seemed almost raw to me. My friend used to make me fries with that melted cheese and chili - I can still taste it!
                                                                                                                      I think the Glendale location is still there... not sure if they have chili dogs, tho. Also, I think there <may> be one in the Santa Anita Mall, too....
                                                                                                                      check it out... website says they still have chili dogs...

                                                                                                                      1. re: WildSwede
                                                                                                                        monku Jul 28, 2010 04:41 PM


                                                                                                                        Oranage Julius
                                                                                                                        201 East Magnolia Boulevard
                                                                                                                        Burbank - (818) 260-9003

                                                                                                                        1. re: monku
                                                                                                                          HoundDogz Jul 28, 2010 06:08 PM

                                                                                                                          I wonder if that 201 East Magnolia Blvd in Burbank is the mall out there.

                                                                                                                          1. re: HoundDogz
                                                                                                                            monku Jul 28, 2010 06:14 PM

                                                                                                                            In the Burbank Town Center.
                                                                                                                            Dairy Queen/Orange Julius

                                                                                                                        2. re: WildSwede
                                                                                                                          HoundDogz Jul 28, 2010 06:08 PM

                                                                                                                          In addition to chili cheese fries I love cheese fries and also garlic fries. I'm not so much into fries with cheese whiz like you might find at some places but just American cheese that's melted. That's not the same as cheese whiz. At Philly's Best in Pasadena they put some cheese whiz like stuff on the fries but I don't care for that much, it gets kinda messy.

                                                                                                                      2. PaulF Jul 29, 2010 10:49 AM

                                                                                                                        I love replying to five year old posts.

                                                                                                                        But what the heck ...

                                                                                                                        The best vegetarian chili dogs are at Earlez Grille on Crenshaw and at L.A. Vegan on Centinela.

                                                                                                                        I don't eat red meat and chili dogs are one of the few things I crave as "meat substitutes." In other words, I eat fish and vegetables and do just fine. I don't go around trying to find meat substitutes all the time. But I get hungry for chili dogs once in a while.

                                                                                                                        There are very few around. There used to be a place at Palms and Sepulveda that made really great ones, but it's now a Coffee Bean. It's a good Coffee Bean, but they don't serve chili dogs.

                                                                                                                        Earlez is the best, IMO. It's on Crenshaw, sort of near Jefferson. Very cool people work there. They have a whole assortment of vegetarian fare, my wife loves their vegetarian tamales. I like the chili dogs. With soy cheese. I would go there more often, but it's sort of out of my way.

                                                                                                                        L.A. Vegan is close to home. They have a chili dog special that comes with fries and a soda. It's not as good as Earlez, but it's good enough.

                                                                                                                        One note: If you eat red meat (and if you opened this thread, you probably do) then vegetarian chili dogs are not going to do it for you. Vegetarian chili dogs are like methadone. They cut the craving for the real thing, but they aren't the real thing.

                                                                                                                        That said, the vegetarian chili dogs at Earlez and L.A. Vegan are good if you don't like red meat. The food at both places is good overall. Earlez has burgers and sandwiches and tamales and all sorts of stuff. Like I said, it's run by nice people. L.A. Vegan has a Thai thing going, there are a lot of Asian dishes on the menu that are good. I'm not into their vegan burgers (the "chicken" burger is good if you have a McNugget craving) but their Asian food is good.

                                                                                                                        Earlez Grille
                                                                                                                        3630 Crenshaw Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90016

                                                                                                                        Centinela Cafe
                                                                                                                        4800 S Centinela Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90066

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                                                                                                                        1. re: PaulF
                                                                                                                          HoundDogz Jul 29, 2010 11:00 AM

                                                                                                                          On Sunset there a vegan place called Vegan House. I have not been there but it's a vegan Thai place. I have seen it and thought I'd respond to your post because you are talking about Vegan and Thai stuff going on.

                                                                                                                          There is another place on Sunset called California Vegan but not sure if they have vegan chili dogs or what they have.

                                                                                                                          California Vegan Restaurant
                                                                                                                          7300 W Sunset Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90046

                                                                                                                          Vegan House
                                                                                                                          2703 W Sunset Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90026

                                                                                                                          1. re: PaulF
                                                                                                                            paprkutr Aug 9, 2010 06:49 PM

                                                                                                                            There's a new chili restaurant on La cienega north of Beverly Blvd, called Chili Addiction. I haven't been there yet, but I looked at the website, and not only do they have vegetarian food, but also vegan. It looks pretty good

                                                                                                                            Chili Addiction
                                                                                                                            408 N La Cienega Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90048

                                                                                                                            1. re: paprkutr
                                                                                                                              monku Aug 9, 2010 07:00 PM

                                                                                                                              $6 for a chili dog? It better be damn good. The $5 chili dog at Slaw Dogs was a disappointment.

                                                                                                                          2. l
                                                                                                                            loreeLB Jul 31, 2010 09:34 AM

                                                                                                                            Carney's ALL THE WAY! We drive up from Long Beach just for their chili dogs & chili cheese fries... yum!!

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                                                                                                                            1. re: loreeLB
                                                                                                                              HoundDogz Jul 31, 2010 08:04 PM

                                                                                                                              Carney's is good but is it safe to say that the chili at Carney's is similar in taste to Tommy's? That's a good thing but was wondering if your comparison yields the same result. Next time I'm on Sunset in Hollywood I'm going to Carney's. Been too long since I been there.

                                                                                                                              1. re: loreeLB
                                                                                                                                Feed_me Jul 31, 2010 11:13 PM

                                                                                                                                "loreeLB" if you happen to check this thread, may I ask if you've ever tried Mustard's on Atlantic in LB? They don't have a website, but looking at google it appears they do serve the complete Vienna Beef hot dog package for only around $3. Feel free to comment on their chili dogs although from your post it appears Carney's is your go to spot. Thanks!

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                                                                                                                                  HoundDogz Aug 1, 2010 08:52 AM

                                                                                                                                  A friend of mine mentioned once a place in Montebello called J&S. He said it was good. Well he said the burritos were good but he did not say about the chili dogs. This was about 12 years ago but since we lost contact. I wish I had asked him about the chili dogs and chili fries but I did not. I should have asked about that though. He was gonna treat me to J&S but after a long day of driving around all day going from guitar store to guitar store I was beat. We both play guitar and spent a day looking around at guitars and by the time the day was over I was beat. I think I'll take my own trip to J&S and try out the chili.

                                                                                                                                  1. re: HoundDogz
                                                                                                                                    monku Aug 1, 2010 08:57 AM

                                                                                                                                    J&S is the place for burritos...never had or seen anyone eating a chili dog. The best burrito there in my opinion is the machaca burrito.

                                                                                                                                    1. re: monku
                                                                                                                                      Servorg Aug 1, 2010 09:03 AM

                                                                                                                                      Their combination burrito http://biggestmenu.com/rdr/CA/Montebe... looks pretty tasty...(note Kevin H's photo on the left side of the page..lol)

                                                                                                                                      1. re: Servorg
                                                                                                                                        monku Aug 1, 2010 09:09 AM

                                                                                                                                        Can't say...never had it but you got my attention.
                                                                                                                                        For $3 you really can't go wrong.
                                                                                                                                        I think their burritos are better than Al & Bea's and they aren't bad either.

                                                                                                                                        1. re: Servorg
                                                                                                                                          HoundDogz Aug 1, 2010 09:48 AM

                                                                                                                                          Thanks for the link. I agree with Servorg that the burrito does look very tasty. Maybe next time I got to Smart & Final in Montebello I'll stop by J&S.

                                                                                                                                          monku, man only $3. I agree how can you go wrong with a great price like that.

                                                                                                                                          Smart & Final
                                                                                                                                          10113 Venice Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90034

                                                                                                                                          1. re: HoundDogz
                                                                                                                                            kevin Aug 1, 2010 02:11 PM

                                                                                                                                            illl have to try tops jr, but usually if i'm in that area of alhambra/south pasadena, i'd just go to the hat. the joint does really look forlorn. but then again that's a good sign.

                                                                                                                                        2. re: monku
                                                                                                                                          SoCal Foodie Aug 1, 2010 01:05 PM

                                                                                                                                          J&S is truly a gem for burritos and the place has been open since 1967 with their busines hours still 24x7! Love their green chili burrito, combination burrito, soft tostada burrito, and of course their bean & cheese burrito!

                                                                                                                                          1. re: SoCal Foodie
                                                                                                                                            HoundDogz Aug 1, 2010 03:18 PM

                                                                                                                                            1967, man both J&S and I were born the same year. I think I look better for my age!

                                                                                                                                        3. re: HoundDogz
                                                                                                                                          SoCal Foodie Aug 1, 2010 01:34 PM

                                                                                                                                          I really like the chili dog at Rick's Drive-In in Rosemead, which is not related to the other Rick's outlets around the SGV. The chili is tasty and spicy and the dog meat is skinless and slit into four sections and grilled. I always order mine with extra onions that are thinly slithered and get the buns toasted. Be warned that this is a huge chili dog that's not easy to eat by hand.

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

                                                                                                                                          1. re: SoCal Foodie
                                                                                                                                            HoundDogz Aug 1, 2010 03:19 PM

                                                                                                                                            Man I tried to post this and it failed. Thanks SoCal for the info. I like the chili dogs at Ricks in Alhambra but never went to the one in Rosemead because I thought it was the same owner so the same food but because you pointed out they are different owners therefore different chili dogs I will try it out when I'm out there. I'm up for that! Thanks.

                                                                                                                                        4. re: Feed_me
                                                                                                                                          hnsbmg Aug 1, 2010 01:51 PM

                                                                                                                                          I often go past that Mustard's on my way to the Bake 'N Broil but haven't stopped in probably 15 years. However, as I understand it, they're owned by the same people who own Mustard's on Katella in Los Alamitos, which does use Vienna Beef dogs. Incidentally, until a couple of years ago, the Los Alamitos place also made its Italian Beef on authentic Gonnella Bread from Chicago, but they eventually moved to an ordinary supermarket-style French loaf. The lady running the counter told me that customers had complained the Gonnella Bread was too (deliciously, fabulously) substantial, which, of course, it needs to be to keep from disintegrating in the thin gravy.

                                                                                                                                      2. monku Aug 1, 2010 01:30 PM

                                                                                                                                        Went to Pink's twice this week with out of towner's and their chili and dogs are just as good if not better than Carney's. Chili is definitely leaguer and better than Tommy's. Think hounds get caught up by the long lines and think it's a tourist trap. We're lucky to have Pink's. We went both days about 10am, no lines.

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                                                                                                                                        1. re: monku
                                                                                                                                          kevin Aug 1, 2010 02:10 PM

                                                                                                                                          Pink's just plain dreadful line or no line. the dogs at carney's are much better at Carney's along with the chili, just my opinion. i'm sure there's a lot of native LAers that still love Pink's to pieces though.

                                                                                                                                          1. re: kevin
                                                                                                                                            monku Aug 1, 2010 03:06 PM

                                                                                                                                            Pink's uses Hoffy made specially for them...what does Carney's use?

                                                                                                                                            1. re: monku
                                                                                                                                              HoundDogz Aug 1, 2010 03:21 PM

                                                                                                                                              I like Carney's too but as for myself I used to not pay much attention to the dog but more the chili but now I'm into noticing the quality of the dog as well as the chili. I think that the one at Carney is pretty good but I don't know the brand or if it's a natural casing either.

                                                                                                                                              1. re: HoundDogz
                                                                                                                                                monku Aug 1, 2010 06:45 PM

                                                                                                                                                Carney's uses a natural casing dog, but no where do they say what kind they're using.

                                                                                                                                                1. re: monku
                                                                                                                                                  Burger Boy Aug 1, 2010 09:34 PM

                                                                                                                                                  I think they use Papa Cantella's, just like Tommy's.

                                                                                                                                                  1. re: Burger Boy
                                                                                                                                                    monku Aug 1, 2010 09:44 PM

                                                                                                                                                    How sure are you?
                                                                                                                                                    I find Cantella's just doesn't have the snap like a Vienna or Hoffy....that's why Tommy's dropped down my list when they switched over years ago.

                                                                                                                                                    1. re: monku
                                                                                                                                                      kevin Aug 2, 2010 03:57 PM

                                                                                                                                                      they may use the same purveyor, but the dog at Tommy's (at least as of a year to six months ago) and the one at Carney's are completely different.

                                                                                                                                                      1. re: kevin
                                                                                                                                                        monku Aug 2, 2010 04:50 PM

                                                                                                                                                        Tommy's has been using that horrible hot dog for probably 5 years now. I'm pretty sure they aren't the same.

                                                                                                                                                        1. re: kevin
                                                                                                                                                          monku Aug 9, 2010 06:45 PM

                                                                                                                                                          Went to Chronis today and they confirmed they use Hoffy. If my taste buds haven't failed me I'll go out on the limb until someone says otherwise that Carney's probably uses Hoffy too.

                                                                                                                                                          5825 Whittier Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90022

                                                                                                                                            2. re: monku
                                                                                                                                              HoundDogz Aug 1, 2010 03:20 PM

                                                                                                                                              Well I for one think Pinks is just fine. I just think that if I am in the area and the line is way too long I won't go there. I'd have to pass. I think that Top's Jr in Alhambra is much better but I know, I know, they are two different areas so you can't really compare. But if I'm out by Pinks I'm glad to go if the line is not long otherwise its' not so great that I should wait in line. Anyway I'm a simpleton, I just eat chili dogs, I don't need any of their super fancy ones that they have.

                                                                                                                                            3. wienermobile Aug 1, 2010 03:25 PM

                                                                                                                                              I grew up eating at Cupid's in Van Nuys on Victory Blvd. so it will always be my favorite.

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                                                                                                                                              1. re: wienermobile
                                                                                                                                                HoundDogz Aug 1, 2010 04:00 PM

                                                                                                                                                When I'm out that way I gotta try it. Never heard of Cupid's until recently.

                                                                                                                                                On Ventura Blvd., not sure if it's still there but near a Car Wash there was or is some kinda burger/hot dog stand. It can be seen in the Tom Petty video for "Free Falling". I used to go out to the Valley a lot and see that stand but never made it to that place. Also, on Coldwater Canyon there used to be Jack's Famous Hamburgers but about a year ago it changed to something else. I have no idea what it is now. But I went before and the chili dogs were pretty good but I like other places better.

                                                                                                                                                Famous Hamburger
                                                                                                                                                4143 Florence Ave, Bell, CA 90201

                                                                                                                                                1. re: HoundDogz
                                                                                                                                                  HoundDogz Aug 1, 2010 04:07 PM

                                                                                                                                                  I did a search on Google and there is a Jack's in North Hollywood. Not sure if it's the same place as the one that was on Coldwater Canyon but moved to No Ho (no pun intended).

                                                                                                                                                  There is some hamburger stand out near Century City on Pico or Olympic, I forget the name. I ate there once and in the burger they mix spinach or some green. I really hated it a lot. It was pretty bad. I guess I'm a simpleton as I said and I really don't want stuff like spinach mixed in the actual meat. To me that's not a hamburger. I guess In & Out is because That's What A Hamburger Is All About, In and Out, In and Out ..."

                                                                                                                                                  1. re: HoundDogz
                                                                                                                                                    ns1 Aug 2, 2010 09:07 AM

                                                                                                                                                    funny, I just had a chili dog @ Jack's in NoHo this weekend

                                                                                                                                                    Good chili, but dog a little too salty for my tastes.

                                                                                                                                                    1. re: ns1
                                                                                                                                                      HoundDogz Aug 2, 2010 10:45 AM

                                                                                                                                                      My accountant is on Riverside Drive and when I go to his office I would drive by Jack's when they had one on Coldwater Canyon as mentioned above. I thought it was okay but I don't know why it switched to a taco stand.

                                                                                                                                                    2. re: HoundDogz
                                                                                                                                                      WildSwede Aug 2, 2010 10:32 AM

                                                                                                                                                      The stand HD mentions on Ventura is a Cupid's, but not an original. It is on Ventura, just west of Tampa. There are only 3 originals left (the originals only sell dogs with chili, onions and mustard (ketchup and maybe cheese by request), chips and drinks. That is it. Those locations, as I have mentioned many times here, probably in this exact post are in Northridge on Lindley just south of Nordhoff; Canoga Park on Vanowen just east of Winnetka and one in Simi Valley. You can find others (like the one on Ventura) that sell burgers, kebabs, fries, etc.
                                                                                                                                                      I have been eating Cupid's since I was a kid in the 70s and they still are my most favoritest CCD.

                                                                                                                                                      1. re: WildSwede
                                                                                                                                                        HoundDogz Aug 2, 2010 10:45 AM

                                                                                                                                                        Sounds like hot dogs are popular in the Valley.

                                                                                                                                                        1. re: WildSwede
                                                                                                                                                          HoundDogz Aug 2, 2010 10:50 AM

                                                                                                                                                          I was just watching the video for "Free Fallin'" by Tom Petty and about a minute and 20 seconds into the video they show the hot dog joint and it says Future Dogs. I am pretty sure it's long gone. I don't go out that way a lot anymore but I think it's been gone at least 10 years.

                                                                                                                                                          Checkout this video for "Free Fallin'" -


                                                                                                                                                          Just did a search on the net and it's now Infield Dogs. Trying to be like eating a dog at the game -


                                                                                                                                                          1. re: HoundDogz
                                                                                                                                                            kevin Aug 2, 2010 03:59 PM

                                                                                                                                                            the one i just had Portillo's was great.

                                                                                                                                                            1. re: kevin
                                                                                                                                                              wienermobile Aug 2, 2010 06:16 PM

                                                                                                                                                              I second Portillo's.

                                                                                                                                                          2. re: WildSwede
                                                                                                                                                            Peripatetic Aug 3, 2010 01:52 AM

                                                                                                                                                            For info:

                                                                                                                                                            Cupid's Hot Dogs
                                                                                                                                                            9039 Lindley Ave, Northridge, CA 91325
                                                                                                                                                            no tel

                                                                                                                                                            Cupid's Hot Dogs
                                                                                                                                                            20030 Vanowen St, Winnetka, CA 91306
                                                                                                                                                            818-347-1344 (?)

                                                                                                                                                            Cupid's Hot Dogs
                                                                                                                                                            2585 Cochran St, Simi Valley, CA 93065

                                                                                                                                                            1. re: Peripatetic
                                                                                                                                                              WildSwede Aug 3, 2010 12:27 PM

                                                                                                                                                              Thanks! Yeah, I missed out on my Cupid's fix on Sunday because of that fire at Parkway Calabasas so I had to go around on the 126 to get home. I was also craving the bean n cheese burrito at Sabroso's in Reseda... would have probably had the burrito and stopped at Cupid's for some to-go dogs if I came in on the 101.

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