Do you rememer NU-WAY CHILI DOGS in WLA?????
Is there a chili dog out there that in as good as NU-WAY's???????
Carney's on the Sunset Strip (also a location on Ventura Blvd. in Studio City) is your closest to Nu-ways (which I ate most every week for years, along with their Spanish Delite (tamale with chili, cheese and onions in a cup)..
12601 Ventura Blvd, Studio City, CA 91604
8351 W Sunset Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90069
The thing that made NuWay special was the chili that was made with their own unique recipe. It was kinda greasy but it was probably about 85% ground beef with very little filler, a robust taste and heavily flavored with cumin seed.
Apart from the chili, it was a 7 or 8 inch long Vienna skinless dog that exceeded the length of a standard hot dog bun supplied by Puritan Bakery. Both the dogs and the buns were steamed. They used the standard hot dog condiments, mustard, relish and diced onions. There are a number of places using Vienna dogs that can duplicate the NuWay hot dog minus the chili. Portillo's, Taste Chicago and Slaw Dogs use Vienna dogs and I'm sure there are quite a few others.
603 N Hollywood Way, Burbank, CA 91505
The Slaw Dogs
720 N Lake Ave, Pasadena, CA 91104
It was the last place i ate before i left LA in 1988. My Parents had gone there for years. Try Marty's on Pico near 20th Century Fox. The Nu Way Secret was sweet relish in their chili. And it was real chili - lots of beef and no beans. I make a close copy. I use a Nathans bun length steamed on a good steamed bun, sweet relish, mustard, chopped onion and Wolfe's no bean chili with a litlle sweet pickle juice added and 4 oz of 75/25 hamburger. I sometimes add shredded sharp cheddar.
And the tamales were awesome too. And a bowl of their chili with saltine crackers and fries on the side was a sometime lunch for me. Ahhhhh memories.
Try Marty's on Pico and ask for extra sweet relish. You might be surprised.
"...and there was a great hamburger stand just east of overland on pico, all gone now."
I don't know if you mean Marty's or not? But if so then Marty's is still there. Outdoor patio in the back for "eating in" and order at the window in front. It's in between the Fire Station and the Shell Gas Station.
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Marty's Hamburger Stand
10558 W Pico Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90064
I don't know of any local retail markets that now carry Vienna wieners, the brand used by Nu-Way. The closest one in taste and texture that I have found is the private label brand at Ralph's which is called "Private Selection." They are supplied by Boars Head and can be found in the market's deli section.
I eat chili dogs at Johnnie's Pastrami in Culver City.
Johnnie's has that love/hate thing on CH, mostly because their signature dish -- the pastrami sandwich on french roll -- is inconsistent and there are better versions around town in the eyes of some. But ... but ... Johnnie's is also a pretty good coffee shop. I eat their fruit/berry pie slices. Their french fries are good (I think they make them from frozen -- not sure -- but they are still good), their chili is good on both the hot dogs and the fries (it comes straight or with beans) and I really like their corned beef more than the pastrami and I get it on rye bread.
JP is also open late and have nice waitresses who have been there a long time, though I've seen a few new faces their recently. They also have a retro juke box and if you hear "The Letter" by The Box Tops then my wife and I are probably having a meal there.
4017 Sepulveda Blvd, Culver City, CA 90230