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Jul 4, 2011 07:27 PM

Great Chilidogs

I love a good chilidog.....I live in South OC (San Clemente), and I don't mind driving, so anyone know of a great place to get a chilidog n fries? Only place Ive been to is Der Weinerschnitzel. And you know, they're good in a pinch, but I'm looking for GREAT!!.....Any recommendations would be greatly appreciated, thanks!

Andrew in OC

2205 W Chapman Ave, Orange, CA 92868

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      1. re: azsparky

        It may not be mentioned on that link, since it recently opened, but Coney Dog on Sunset, has been getting good reviews. You can drive about a mile east of Coney Dog and try a chili dog at Carney's.

        1. re: reality check

          quality of meat and chili is very poor,other than that the drinks,atmosphere and service are ok

    1. Portillo's, two blocks east of Knott's Berry Farm has very good Chicago style chili dogs and great Italian beef sandwiches.

      Also closer to you The Original Tommy's has a location in Lake Forest at
      24310 Swartz Dr.

      The Hat also has a location in Lake Forest at
      23641 Rockfield Blvd. and you can try their Pastrami Chili Cheese Fries.

      Portillo's Hot Dogs
      8390 La Palma Ave, Buena Park, CA 90620

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      1. re: wienermobile

        What is "Chicago style" chili dogs? When I think of chili, Chicago isn't the city that comes to mind.

        1. re: reality check

          They are a Chicago chain that imports Vienna Hot Dogs, if you want they have Chicago style green relish and sport peppers and a great Italian Beef Sandwich.

          1. re: wienermobile

            That's a Chicago style HOT DOG. Not a Chicago style chili dog.

            1. re: reality check

              They add chili to it if that's they way you want it. So I'll say a Chicago Dog with chili instead of a Chicago style chili dog. Basically, anything made with vienna beef is a Chicago dog to me.

              1. re: wienermobile

                The OP wanted a place for good chili dogs. I've been to Portiillo's and found their hot dogs lacking. I much prefer Chicago QT in the Valley for a Chicago hot dog. But, Chicago isn't a city known for it's chili dogs.

                1. re: reality check

                  Not sure who to thank (or disembowel) but... I was baited by this thread into trying the not very Chicago chili dog at Portillo's last week.

                  It was a salt bomb, with beans still demonstrating a resemblance to whole beans. Great if you're into that sort of thing I suppose.

      2. Up here in the LA area I find Carney's to be one of the best due to a couple of factors. Superior chili and a dog that snaps so hard you jump back to avoid its jaws (g). Another place that is a must try is The Infield in Sherman Oaks. They have a broad assortment of high end dog brands (including Sabrett's, Hebrew National and Vienna Beef - among others) and know their stuff. I'm someone who enjoys steamed over grilled. So if you like grilled best you can take my recommendations with a grain of mustard.

        12601 Ventura Blvd, Studio City, CA 91604

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

        The Infield
        14333 Ventura Blvd, Sherman Oaks, CA

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        1. re: Servorg

          Don't forget that The Infield has their deep fried twinkie dog (you don't have to wait for the Fair to put your health in peril!)...

        2. I always liked Tommy's chili dog, lots of chili, cheese, onions, beefstake tomato and pickles, fairly cheap. There is one in lake forest, 24310 Swartz Dr.
          or go to their website for other locations,

          1. Jerry's Wood Fired Dogs has locations in Ladera Ranch and Irvine.

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            1. re: JAB

              The great thing about Jerry's is they have Cleveland Stadium brown mustard!!!