Back in the day, I ate the fabulous fried chickenb from NU-Way (corner of Bundy Dr.and Pico Blvd.) at least 2 nights a week. I used to dance at a folkdabce club a few blocks east of Bundy.
The chicken was great. The only restaurant fried chicken that was better was GoldeI Bird, This was the best fried chicken in Los Angeles, bar none!
The dinner at NU-WAY came with thin french fries, and the operators placed a pat of butter on the fries. The fries melted the butter, and now I have to dip my fries in butter beiore dipping into ketchup or 1,000 island salad dressing. Try buttering your fries.
I saw another thread for Pink's, Pink's uses a very gentile hot dog (Hoffy, I think), with that hard casing around it. ttook a bunch of Gentile friends out to the Laserium, and planned to nosh at Pink's afterwards.
Believe it or not, all the Goyim hated the hot dogs, because all they ever ate were Kosher Hot Dogs. All the chili dogs went right into the garbage, I was flabergasted!
I am actually a long-time acquaintance of Paul "Pinks".
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
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
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
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