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May 13, 2011 02:50 PM

Papaya King Truck

I drove by the Papaya King truck this afternoon and decided to give it a try. I've been looking forward to the Papaya King that is opening up in Hollywood. In the meantime they decided to have a truck plying their products until the place opens next week.

Like a lot of expectations these were a let done. I got the dog with onions and sauerkraut and the chili cheese dogs. Small skinny dogs with barely any bite. I was hoping to be wowed by them. Oh well.

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  1. this truck has been on wilshire. i was wondering how their curly fries were? I think they had them there or i am confusing it with another truck.

    5 Replies
    1. re: Clyde

      I had the fries they were served barely warm.

      1. re: trojans

        that is such a bummer!!! glad i decided to get this amazing mexi-wrap from the doner truck next to it or whatever it is. YUM!

        1. re: trojans

          In the late 80's I lived near the Papaya King at 86th and Third, and for the life of me I don't remember them having curly fries, or any fries at all for that matter. I wonder if they introduced them as part of their franchising efforts, to appeal to a wider customer base. In any case, I'd be surprised if they were more than an afterthought.

          1. re: Peripatetic

            they had some squarish potato knish finger things lined up on the big griddle like the hotdogs ; i dont remember them being bad at all.

        2. re: Clyde

          The famous Papaya King of NY has a place out here now. That's great news I need to go. I've always wanted to go to Papaya King but never been to NYC. Now I can give it a try. Either the truck or the restaurant I'd go to. They are famous. It's like The Hat opening up in NYC. Kinda the same but reverse.

        3. Friend went to the launch day in Burbank, said they tasted just like the NY version FWIW

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          1. re: ns1

            Maybe this is the new reality: a truck launch party. Kind of like breaking a champagne bottle over the hull of a new cruise ship.

            1. re: ns1

              Having once lived close to a Papaya King in NYC for a couple years, I could never really see what was so wonderful about their hot dogs in the first place. I think the whole marketing genius of the papaya juice/hot dog combo was that maybe the extra digestive enzymes in the former would help usher the latter through your system a bit more comfortably...

              Anyway, a Papaya King truck in LA strikes me as an answer to a question that nobody asked (and perhaps another harbinger of the food truck bubble about to pop)

              1. re: Bradbury

                I agree wholeheartedly with the first and the last sentences. I have no idea if the digestive enzyme bit is true or not.

              1. re: reality check

                Oh I still love Skooby Dog on Hollywood Blvd. Maybe not a NYC dog joint but great. I will be off to Papaya King soon to try.

                6654 Hollywood Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90028

              2. the only great thing about Papaya King in NY was the papaya and other fruit drinks they sold. Their dogs were just ok