Mad Dogz has potential
I was looking for lunch today on my bike and found that Tender Greens closed for renovations [to prepare for the competition which is opening across the street.] instead of having something completely healthy, I went in the other direction to try Mad Dogz. I got a Turkey Dog with Slaw, raw onions, mustard and relish, plus a side of Onion rings I have a penchant for slaw on my dogs ever since I had one at the now defunct Surf Dog. [It's still my favorite]
The Turkey dog was very snappy, but mid-range flavor-wise. My favorite is the Bird Dog at Lets Be Frank, The slaw was creamier than I like on a dog, I like more hit of vinegar for that application. it would however make a good side, All the other flavors were a bit overwhelmed by the slaw and the bun. As others have mentioned the bun is steamed and a bit bigger than I like but not huge, It's a good size for the topping rich menu if you want something more plain, it might overwhelm. What I'd like to do next time is ask them to toast it on the grill to firm the bun up and I think that would move it from a decent dog to a good dog.
The onion rings were decent and for me just short of being too greasy, though others might find it over the top . I liked the flavor but wished for a bit more crispness in the rings.
One note: the food came out very quickly, which means they were prepped. it might mean however, they'd pre-cooked the onion rings and gave them one last dunk in the oil to reheat which might be why they were a bit greasy.
I like this place better than Fritzi Dog in the Farmers Market but it's not close in quality to my favorite, Let's Be Frank. Folks have noted liking the Chicago dog at Mad Dogs, I might have to try that next.
Mad Dogz & Burgers
9418 Venice Blvd,
Culver City, CA 90232