Hot Dog Reviews

......from Steve Lew

Here are my hot dog reviews.

Taste Chicago - 603 N. Hollywood Way, Burbank. Joe Mantegna (Joan of Arcadia) owns it, and he place claims to have authentic Chicago foods. Maybe the sandwiches, Italian dishes, and pizza are good. But I tried the hot dog last month and it was lukewarm, mushy, and tasted diluted (like it was boiled too long and the flavor leached out into the water.) Maybe Hot Dog Flavored Water is a Chicago thing.

Papoo's Hot Dog Show - 43 Riverside Dr., Burbank. Nothing too special. Regular non-skin dogs that are grilled. Chili is watery like ground beef in tomato soup.

Larry's - 3122 W. Burbank (between Buena Vista and Hollywood Way), Burbank. Non-skin hot dog has flavor. Good chili is not as thick or spicy as Pink's. French fries are very good - crunchy on the outside, soft on the inside, and a sprinkled with a lot of seasoned salt.

Nathan's - 9216 W. Pico, LA. This place seems to be related to the real Nathan's back east, but I was disappointed. I've had a Nathan's dog when I was back east. The west coast dog was good, but not as tasty and "snappy" as the east coast version. However, the dog is not worth the effort b/c parking is really scarce in that area (the neighborhood is permit parking only), and the store was messy and disorganized.

Anyways, the search for the perfect (chili) hot dog continues . . .


Blogger Mister P. said...

Surprisingly enough, I am told the old sleezy concession stand at Griffith Observatory had fantastic chili hot dogs. Everything is closed now for rennovation, but when it opens up again you may want to try. I've also heard decent things about Weinerschnitzel's Chili Dogs. Personally I never touch the stuff.

6/14/2005 3:35 PM  

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