The evolution of the hot dog goes back to ancient Greece, where It began as a way of preserving and taking meat leftovers home after the hunt. Sausages were traveling meals going back to the very first travelers, but this amazing food has come a long way since ancient times. With every generation, the hot dog becomes more diverse and unique from its previous form.Take a trip through the latest and best versions of this enduring street food delicacy with this brief list.
5231 Lankershim Blvd.
North Hollywood, CA 91601
The NOHO Arts District is an eclectic mix of affluent high-rise condos and odd industrial spaces that have been rehabilitated for hipster artists of every imaginable shape and variety. The noble art of hot dog enjoyment is one of these artists’ favorite pursuits, so this centrally-located sausage shop is a tribute to the artisan hot dog. With a wide variety of add-ons, toppings and even a veggie dog that tastes like the real thing, this is a great place to stop in or have lunch delivered in the immediate area.
Larry’s Chili Dogs
3122 W. Burbank Blvd.
Burbank, CA 91505
A classic approach to the hot dog, this really is the coolest hot dog stand in Burbank. Its 50 year history at the same location started with a guy named Larry, who set up this little stand in Burbank in 1964 and decided to make it his life’s work to produce the best chili dog in the world. Although it’s left to the patron to decide who makes the best hot dog in the city, many locals would choose the awesome dogs served up here.
Fab Hot Dogs
19417 Victory Blvd. #12
Reseda, CA 91335
Piled high with an almost unimaginable variety of choices, a wide selection of specialty dogs and burgers are served up at this little stand. From a long line of Italian restaurant owners, Joe Fabrocini is known for great food in the San Fernando Valley. This little secret hideaway brings decades of experience in great Italian food to this little hot dog stand. Inspired by the flavors he found traveling through the neighborhoods of New Jersey and New York, the owner offers hot dog creations in a distinctive East Coast style. These impressive sausage sensations will have you coming back to Fab for more.
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The Greasy Wiener
Mobile Food Truck
These hand-twisted gourmet frankfurters are really something special. The wiener recipe they use, and all the variations on the menu, were created by Iggy, the owner, and chef Eric Maczuko, who is renowned for his farm-to-table organic recipes for Northern California’s wine country. The unique flavors of these original sausages represent the next generation of gourmet hot dogs. This isn’t a regular hot dog stand, it’s more like an internet-savvy food delivery service. Their food truck is social-media-friendly and covers vastly different areas that you can track on your smartphone. Their website is fully interactive, so including your next event on their agenda is a snap. With the changing needs of our modern world, we must include this convenient option on our list because the old brick and mortar corner hot dog stand may soon become a thing of the past.
Jeff’s Gourmet Sausage Factory
8930 W. Pico Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90035
This deli/specialty market also serves up an amazing array of street food reinvented for kosher consumption. Although maintaining the religious laws may seem like an unusual schedule for a fast-food shop, this place does a brisk business in their niche market. Within the bustling Jewish, Pico-Robertson neighborhood, this Westside wonder often has a line outside on Friday afternoons before it closes at 2 p.m. for shul. That’s because this location has a solid gold reputation, and their sausage-making ethics are widely valued within the community. Just give them a try if you want to have great kosher street food in Westside, because their hot dogs will make you kvell with pride.
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