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May 27, 2011 05:07 PM

Do you rememer NU-WAY CHILI DOGS in WLA?????

Is there a chili dog out there that in as good as NU-WAY's???????

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  1. 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

    Carney's Restaurant
    8351 W Sunset Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90069

    1. 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.

      Taste Chicago
      603 N Hollywood Way, Burbank, CA 91505

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

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        1. re: jgilbert

          If you scroll down that information is contained in the last post of this thread by JeffreyLevine.

      1. For the area Hamburger Habit makes a decent chili dog . Nu Ways was such a great place to eat , at all hours . I especially liked the fried chicken and steak sandwiches .

        Hamburger Habit
        8954 Santa Monica Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90069

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        1. re: Dropafryburnit

          Exactly what we ate, at all hours! Back in the day when we lived in SM, worked nights and ate meat! 35 years ago! Do not know what was so enjoyable at Nu Way, but it sure was.

          1. re: VenusCafe

            Sure was a nice area and time to grow up in. Still yearn for many of those great food spots from the 70's. Dem bones, Harry's BBQ pit, China House, Pup n' Taco, Arlenes donuts, and of course Ketchies. But I digress.

            1. re: Dropafryburnit

              Ketchy's II is still around and still about the same (chili cheese dogs aren't too shabby).

              See Yelp photo of menu:

              Ketchy's II
              11270 La Grange Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90025

              1. re: Dropafryburnit

                Arlene's donuts, remember it well from my days living on Saltair as a UCLA student. Now a Starbucks...

                1. re: sharebee

                  can you describe arlene's further ????????

          2. 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.

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            1. re: leonarddarcy

              Yes I remember Nu Way, we used to ride our bikes over there about 1960, the best chili dog in town, It's sad that some of the best are gone now, like pickle bills to the west on pico and there was a great hamburger stand just east of overland on pico, all gone now.

              1. re: malibumike

                "...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.

                Yelp Photo Here:

                Marty's Hamburger Stand
                10558 W Pico Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90064

                1. re: Servorg

                  No Servorg, I've tried Marty's, not the same place, but thanks for the suggestion, I think most old fashioned hamburger stands were on property too expensive to keep as such, now they are food trucks with some exceptions such as marty's and apple pan.

                2. re: malibumike

                  hey malibu mike! are you Mike Dreebin?

                3. re: leonarddarcy

                  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.

                  1. re: Sam D.

                    there's various stands that serve vienna beef dogs including QT;s

                    1. re: kevin

                      marty's on pico, labels table deli

                4. 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.

                  Johnnie's Pastrami
                  4017 Sepulveda Blvd, Culver City, CA 90230