Does anyone know of this type of deep-fried hot dog?
No, not a ripper.
I am talking about an actual hot dog, with a bun, and whatever toppings you want (e.g. relish, mustard, onions, etc.), and then the whole thing is dipped in batter, and then deep-fried.
Does this ring a bell with anyone?
Over lunch today, I wagered quite a bit of the "ipsedixit family treasure" that such a thing does exist, or at least did at one time, and may still do today.
Vicious Dogs in North Hollywood
If you search through the comments, it does mention that this place has deep fried hot dogs. I didn't see it on their menu, though. It's worth a try. Give them a call.
5231 Lankershim Blvd, North Hollywood, CA 91601