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Jan 22, 2014 01:10 PM

Budacki's Hot Dogs, near USC, anyone been ??????

Budacki's Hot Dogs, near USC


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  1. I see only one Yelp report which means this place has been open all of 15 minutes - right?

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    1. re: Servorg

      i have no clue you are prolly right considering I did not find anything myself.

      Just passed by it a couple hours ago. It's in that mixed used relatively new construction building with a Chipotle-way.

      1. re: kevin

        This is a Chicago place and evidently Bourdain has written about/been to eat there as well

        1. re: Servorg

          Yeah, that's the google info I originally found in which it may have connections to the Chi-town joint.

    2. Interesting. I used to go to Budacki's in Chicago every once in awhile. It's a decent hot dog joint, super cheap, and was actually featured in a Jeff Garlin movie, I Want Someone To Eat Cheese With. I'll have to make it down to this outpost sometime soon.

      1. I went Monday night and it was decent. I liked the Itallian beef better than the Chicago dog. Though not having a real Italian beef reference, I'm not sure I'm the best judge. What I will say is the sandwich had good beef flavor Perhaps a bit salty and the jus it was dipped in didn't make the bread fall apart. It had a bit of Giardiniera which they ask you if you want and which added a nice flavor and a bit of spice. I might ask for a bit more. I would rate this somewhere well above Phillippe's and below Cole's

        The dog was more of a disappointment. The menu showed a natural casing dog however the real thing was not. It was pretty good for a standard dog but I was hoping for something else. Other detractions was the lack of Poppy seeds and the seeming lack of celery salt. Though it was a hell of a lot better than the one I tried at Wienerschnitzel. 

        That said, this is what my father would call a hot steamin' deal since the whole thing plus fries and a pop was $8. If you are somewhat near the area, I'd go for it. 

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        1. re: Mattapoisett in LA

          "Though it was a hell of a lot better than the one I tried at Wienerschnitzel."

          lol...Nice review Matty. If I'm ever down that way I would be inclined to get a bite to eat there. Was there any appreciable crowd? How was the service? Thanks for always.

          1. re: Servorg

            Sevrog just ride your bike there one night.

            I'm sure that's at least 15 miles each way from where you're at so you'll burn a shitload of kcals off.

            Get there already !!!!!!

            1. re: Servorg

              Service was fast and friendly. There wasn't an appreciable crowd. There were 3 other customers while I was there.

            2. re: Mattapoisett in LA

              Wait a second.

              It was eight bucks all in for the hot dog, the beef sandwich, fries, and a soda ????

              Thanks for reporting Matt.

                1. re: Mattapoisett in LA

                  Thats really a deal considering that most joints would charge at least $6 for the Italian beef sandwich and about $3 to $4 for the Chitown dog.

                  1. re: kevin

                    It is quite a deal but, not really chow worthy.

            3. Went last night after the Kings game. They have a few kinks to work out, but it's a passable Chicago-style dog. The fries are poor though, frozen Sysco-type, so if they could fix that with some quality skin-on fresh cut fries and wrap them in the dog that would be a big improvement.

              Prices seem ridiculously cheap to me, IMO. 2 dogs, fries and a pop (yes, it's pop on the signs there) for $7.

              I'd pay a buck or two more if the fries were quality, to be fair.

                1. re: TonyC

                  No surprise. I signaled a downhill alert apparently in another post recently.

                  1. re: JAB

                    nothing to do with the food, everything to do with the (Chipotle-level) rent. endstop.

                    1. re: JAB

                      Have you ever even been there JAB?

                      1. re: 90024

                        Of course, how else could I have signaled a down hill alert?

                        1. re: JAB

                          I didn't see it. Where did you signal this downhill alert?