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