As an iconic, classic treat, the hot dog is a nostalgic indulgence for many. In addition to making the memorable, more traditional hot dog, these spots complement typical hot dog flavors with inventive combinations.
Orange County, CA 92606
Its tagline being “Not Your Typical Weiner,” Dogzilla provides OC with imaginative twists on the American hot dog. Some of the wacky toppings offered include furikake seasoning, Yakisoba noodles, homemade teriyaki sauce, bacon and avocados. Take a look at the variety of dogs on the menu including Dogzilla, Furi Dog, Yaki Dog, LA Street Dog, Ball Park Dog and Plain Jane on the website. For sides, check out the garlic fries, plain Fries and Furi Fries, which are “topped with a diced, spicy Cajun link, grilled onions, spicy mayo, teriyaki, roasted seaweed strips, and furikake,” if you are extra hungry.
238 W. Chapman Ave.
Orange, CA 92866
LinX excels at elevating the classic hot dog with organic, local ingredients. The gourmet goodness goes well with the many craft beers served. The menu has chef creations, but also allows you to craft your own dog with an assortment of toppings, sauces, rolls and proteins. The Belgian Frites are a nice addition to the dogs with nearly 20 dipping sauces to pair with the deep-fried treat, and if you still have room in your tummy, the dessert dishes are a must-try. The oatmeal apple strudel ice cream sandwich with salted caramel or the fresh donut holes with dark chocolate ganache will satisfy your sweet tooth.
2233 W. Balboa Blvd.
Newport Beach, CA 92663
Add some Hawaiian flare to your hot dog at this spot. When ordering at Hula Dog, you can start by selecting what type of bun you prefer, such as white, FBI Honey Wheat (from Big Island) or Taro Bacon. Next, you can choose whether you want a veggie or polish dog and can dress your dog with a secret sauce, relishes and mustard. To top off your meal with something sweet, be sure to order an Authentic Hawaiian shave ice, and if you can’t wait to get this Hawaiian-styled dog in your mouth, order for pick-up here.
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Pacific Coast Hot Dogs
3438 E. Chapman Ave.
Orange, CA 92869
Sometimes, it’s hard to beat a good ol’ classic hot dog, and Pacific Coast Hot Dogs offers just that. The menu includes the classic hot dog, Chicago dog, sauerkraut dog, New York dog, chili cheese dog” and corn dog, and serves American favorites such as fries, shakes, malts and ice cream. However, in addition to the traditional takes on this American favorite, Pacific Coast Hot Dogs offers a couple of its own creations including the Fire Dog with “mustard, relish, onions, tomatoes and jalapeños and the Tijuana Dog with mustard, onions, tomatoes, jalapeños and bacon.
The Viking Truck
Orange County, CA 92647
Putting a spin on typical hot dogs with creative, European flavors, The Viking Truck is sure to satisfy substantial appetites. Known for “bold flavors, big portions, and wacky personalities,” you probably won’t walk away hungry or be bored with the assortment of hot dog combinations, but if none other than the traditional take on a hot dog will do, it’s also offered. Take a look at the menu here.
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8390 La Palma Ave
Buena Park, CA 90620
Missing the old hot dog stand on the Chicago street corner? Get the next best thing at Portillo’s. The restaurant, which opened in 1963 by Dick Portillo as just a small Chicago hot dog stand, has grown to become one of the most popular hot dog destinations around. Offering a variety of options, popular hot dogs include the Chili Cheese Dog with onions, the Jumbo Hot Dog, and the Jumbo Chili Cheese Dog.
Jerry’s Wood-Fired Dogs
1510 Adams Ave
Costa Mesa, CA
With locations galore, including in Santa Ana, Ladera Ranch, Irvine, Costa Mesa, Carlsbad and elsewhere around the country, Jerry’s Wood-Fired Dogs has a huge following. There’s a lot to choose from at Jerry’s too, which can make it difficult to choose. But, luckily everything is great. From a California Dog (Honey mustard, grilled onions & peppers, grilled mushrooms, diced tomato, avocado slices) to the Mac N Cheese Dog (Mac ‘n cheese with smoked bacon, crouton crumbles diced tomato, chopped parsley) to a Pastrami Dog (hot pastrami, spicy brown mustard) and the Philly Cheese Dog, there is something for everyone here. Other great options include the Texas Tommy Dog (bacon, chili, cheddar, diced onions), as well as the LA Dog, BLTA Dog, and the Mushroom Swiss Dog.
1313 Disneyland Dr
Anaheim, CA 92802
There is nothing more classic than a Disneyland corn dog. Disneyland creates the best corn dog in Orange County with fresh cornbread batter-fried to perfection. It is nothing short of a magical experience. Visitors to the theme park can also enjoy hot dogs with gluten-free bun options throughout the park.