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Papaya King Truck

trojans May 13, 2011 02:50 PM

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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    dharmathug May 18, 2011 12:20 AM

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

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      reality check May 14, 2011 11:44 AM

      Link to the thread about PK opening in Hollywood:

      http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/762658

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        HoundDogz May 14, 2011 01:01 PM

        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.

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        Skooby's
        6654 Hollywood Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90028

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        ns1 May 13, 2011 05:18 PM

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

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          lil mikey May 13, 2011 09:27 PM

          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.

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            Bradbury May 14, 2011 11:28 AM

            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)

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              DrBruin May 14, 2011 12:40 PM

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

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            Clyde May 13, 2011 04:01 PM

            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.

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              trojans May 13, 2011 05:13 PM

              I had the fries they were served barely warm.

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                Clyde May 13, 2011 05:13 PM

                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!

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                  Peripatetic May 14, 2011 06:45 PM

                  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.

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                    jessejames May 18, 2011 12:43 AM

                    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.

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                  HoundDogz May 14, 2011 01:01 PM

                  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.

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