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Best hot dogs & onion rings on the Westside?

Been eating healthier for a while, but need a dog and ring fix!
Where do you get the best of both on the Westside?

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  1. You might try The Stand in Westwood Village or Century City. Good dogs and Ok onion rings. You might also try Wurstkuche in Venice on Lincoln Blvd.. Great sausages and wonderful Belgium fries but sorry no onion rings. Carney's in the train car on The Sunset Strip has great dogs also but alas no onion rings here. Opening very soon is the new HotDogger's in Manhattan Beach on Sepulveda Blvd where the Glacier Ice Cream shop closed down a while ago and I've heard they will be open till 3am nightly.

    HotDoggers
    1605 N Sepulveda Blvd.,
    Manhattan Beach, CA 90266

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    The Stand
    2000 Avenue of the Stars Ste 600N, Los Angeles, CA 90067

    The Stand
    1116 Westwood Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90024

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

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    1. re: wienermobile

      The "Olympic Dog" at Good Stuff is terrific and their onion rings are great. I go to the Good Stuff on Olympic and Bundy.

      1. re: maudies5

        Can you describe the Olympic dog more? I think I tried Good Stuff on Bundy once and that Greek gyro joInt in the same mini-mall once too.

        1. re: kevin

          Nice big hot dog (choice of turkey dog or beef dog) on good bun. Any condiments you wish . The hot dog is griddled to perfection, nice and hot on the inside and a little charred on the outside. The onion rings are the bomb! If I am destined to go to hell, I am going after an Olympic Dog and sharing an order of fries and zucchini parmesan.

          1. re: maudies5

            I'm definitely gonna check it out since its a big all beef dog.

      2. re: wienermobile

        I tried The Stand's hot dogs during their Monday night special (regular dogs for a buck) at the Westwood location. Unimpressed. I ordered mine grilled and it wasn't very hot and had no grillmarks or the caramelized crunch that I want. However, I later tried their burger and this was really good -- very juicy, medium-rare as requested, good toppings, a really messy and satisfying burger.

        If you are like me and prefer the battered onion rings (as opposed to those covered in bread crumbs) the best I've had on the westside are way south in El Segundo on Main Street, at Big Mike's. I also like the thin onion strings but don't know where to find them. Servorg (I think) very recently recommended a truck for bun sandwiches and tempura onion rings -- they are only on the westside very occasionally according to the website.

        1. re: nosh

          Best battered onion rings in L.A.: Umami Burger. Ironically, I don't like their burgers.

          1. re: J.L.

            Gosh they are expensive at Umami, though, for a very small order.

            1. re: J.L.

              Agree on the onion rings. Batter is light, and the onions are the perfect amount of doneness.

              True that they're a bit pricey. But I find the portion is perfect to satisfy my craving without reaching my grease threshold.

              1. re: J.L.

                wow, the tempura onion rings my husband and I had (once) at Umami in Santa Monica were absolutely inedible, just terrible, cold, greasy, no flavor. Could have been an off day, or an off location.

                1. re: budlit

                  It can be location dependent - I like the the onion rings in the Los Feliz location.

                  1. re: budlit

                    I've enjoyed them at the original La Brea location. Haven't had them elsewhere, but I've heard that quality of all the food varies from location to location (or day).

                    1. re: budlit

                      I agree. I've tried the "tempura" onion rings at Umami La Brea and they were awful. Some of the worst I have ever had. Ultra-greasy and limp

                  2. re: nosh

                    Recent addition on Lucille BBQ's menu, fried onion strings. Addicting, must have bar food.

                    1. re: nosh

                      No more $1 dog nights on Mondays at the Stand Westwood as of 1/01/12 (I think).

                    2. re: wienermobile

                      HotDoggers is now open according to their website and some reviews on that "other food board." The reviews are kind of iffy, with early reviews heavy with praise and latter ones only poor or mediocre. Sounds like they are having early teething pains with service and slow getting orders out promptly. Sounds like with so little early business they are kind of making the stuff up after they get the order. Probably a fairly extensive menu. Might end up good. I can't make it out that way for a couple of weeks. Anyone want to be the first chower to give us a review? Ordinarily I'd just go to the Rinaldi's in M.B. if I was out that way for a sandwich since that's a known quantity (and pretty darn good).
                      http://hotdoggers.net/

                    3. I have not been but Coney Dog on the Sunset Strip has Detroit dogs and onion rings. They are open very late too.

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                      Coney Dog
                      8873 Sunset Blvd, West Hollywood, CA 90069

                      1. A local favorite hole-in-the-wall called Marty's serves up great dogs & rings, both made to order. It's between the Shell gas station & the firehouse near the corner of Manning & Pico (just east of Westside Pavilion).

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                        1. re: J.L.

                          Tried Marty's today. Cheeseburger was fresh and good, with a thin patty. Onion rings were large, hot, and crisp, right out of the fryer. But they were the breadcrumb type, and the big, thick slices of onion were not cooked enough. Nice patio with picnic tables in the back, nice for a sunny but cool day like today.

                          1. re: nosh

                            My usual at Marty's is the chili cheese firedog with pastrami.

                            1. re: A5 KOBE

                              That sounds fuckin awesome, hold the cheese considering its American. And no cheddar in sight.

                            2. re: nosh

                              Thanks for trying it out & reporting back!

                          2. We were just at Fat Sal's in Westwood for the first time over the weekend (for sub sandwiches and onion rings). Wings were good, thick batter and tasted just like they smelled as they were cooking. Saw dogs on the menu, didn't try, but maybe someone else on the board has.

                            Super nice and friendly staff, and a cool outdoor high stool/wrap around counter facing the street to eat at. Very much a stand experience.

                            Coney dog also really, really great (high quality stuff here, including craft beers) with great staff and food, but more of a sit down experience than a stand.

                            Try a few and report back, with all of the new joints popping up, you'll get your fix for sure.

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                            1. Not Westside I know but I recently had a stellar onion rings at Slaw Dogs in Pasadena. Very good hot dog.

                              1. Don't forget the corn dogs at the beach in Santa Monica just south of the pier.

                                1. I love the onion rings at Swingers in Santa Monica, so so good!

                                  1. I don't know if they even <have> hot dogs, but the Spitfire Grille at SM airport has excellent onion rings

                                    1. This is so cliche, but Pink's on Melrose Ave is my favorite and their onion rings are really great.