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Farley Elliott

15 Great LA Chili Dogs For Those Comfort Food Needs

From the Valley to the South Bay and beyond

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Chili dogs with cheese
| Farley Elliott

Despite being a town fanatically in love with tacos, burgers, and pastrami, Los Angeles also has a deep appreciation for a good chili dog. Snappy franks laced with warm, spiced chili (and ideally plenty of cheese and onion, too) are a speciality at stands, drive-thrus, and classic restaurants around the city, from San Fernando Valley spots with a ton of history to waterfront walk-ups in Long Beach.

Here now are some of greater LA’s best chili dogs, presented geographically.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Cupid's Hot Dogs

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20030 Vanowen St
Winnetka, CA 91306
(818) 347-1344

Cupid’s is an LA classic, the kind of longstanding staple restaurant the San Fernando Valley so frequently gets right. Step up to the Winnetka location off Vanowen Street for classic LA dogs done up with a soupy, thin chili that’s perfect for getting just a little bit messy on a summer afternoon.

Cupid’s
Cupid’s chili dogs
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2. Fab Hot Dogs

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19417 Victory Blvd
Reseda, CA 91335
(818) 344-4336
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Fab Hot Dogs specializes in chili rippers, a New Jersey style that favors heavily-cased meats that can be fried up to perfection for lots of snap. Add in chili and plenty of orange cheese for maximum effect.

3. Larry's Chili Dog

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3122 W Burbank Blvd
Burbank, CA 91505
(818) 842-0244
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Chili is, quite literally, the name of the game at Larry’s Chili Dog in Burbank. Don’t expect fanciness or frills here, just chili served a hundred ways, including over classic dogs with lots of finely shredded cheese.

Larry’s Chili Dog
Larry’s Chili Dog
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4. Vicious Dogs

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5231 Lankershim Blvd
North Hollywood, CA 91601
(818) 985-3647
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Vicious Dogs is considered by many to be among the best hot dog spots in greater LA, period. The menu makes for easy customization, though it’s the classic all-beef dog with shredded cheese and chili that’s work a specific look.

Four hot dogs with various topping sitting in white sleeves on a wooden table.
Vicious Dogs
Vicious Dogs

5. Meea's

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1740 Colorado Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90041
(323) 285-4850
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Five-year-old Meea’s has found its groove in Eagle Rock, landing squarely between all those incoming upscale restaurants and the local family-friendly classics. The unassuming Colorado Boulevard option does a variety of dogs, but the star among them may well be the classic chili dog.

Meea’s
Meea’s
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6. The Hat

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611 W Rte 66
Glendora, CA 91740
(626) 857-0017
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The Hat is a San Gabriel Valley staple, born from the booming post-war generation when drive-thrus and inexpensive pastrami reigned supreme. Today the company has multiple locations up and down the 210 freeway, including the Glendora outpost turning out classic chili dogs for all.

7. Carney's Restaurant

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8351 Sunset Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90069
(323) 654-8300
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Carney’s is a chili dog classic. The 43-year-old restaurant doubles as a modified old train car, drawing in tourists and locals alike for its vintage burgers and chili-heavy hot dogs.

Carney’s
Carney’s
Carney’s

8. Oki's Dog

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4601 W Pico Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90019
(323) 938-4369
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Real ones know Oki’s Dog, the legendary Mid-City shop on Pico known not just for its chili dogs in a bun, but for a particular concoction with two dogs, chili, cheese, and bacon wrapped in a flour tortilla.

Oki Dogs
Oki’s Dog
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9. Marty's Hamburger Stand

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10558 Pico Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90064
(310) 836-6944

Marty’s Hamburger Stand is rightfully known for its old school burgers, but real fans can spy the Vienna Beef hot dog sign from a mile away. Add in lots of thin, well-reduced chili and plenty of cheese to make it the real chili dog deal.

Marty’s
Marty’s Hamburger Stand
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10. Chroni's Famous Sandwich Shop

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5825 Whittier Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90022
(323) 728-7806
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Chroni’s Sandwich Shop is a Whittier Boulevard staple, having existed on the same site since 1945. Their chili dogs are rightfully legendary, and come laced with plenty of just-melted-enough American cheese.

Chroni’s
Chroni’s chili cheese dogs
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11. Earle's

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3864 Crenshaw Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90008
(323) 299-2867
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Earle’s has been operating along the Crenshaw corridor in one form or another for many years. Their most recent iteration is a sunny storefront serving the restaurant’s continued menu of classic hot dogs and sides, including a seriously soupy chili dog with onions on top.

A chili dog from Earle’s Grill
Earle’s
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12. Dirt Dog Downey

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9414 Firestone Blvd
Downey, CA 90241
(562) 381-0033
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Dirt Dog has become the next great (and growing) hot dog empire in Los Angeles. Originally founded with a promise to bring the bacon-wrapped street dog into a restaurant setting, the company has grown to include a variety of dogs and locations, including the dirty chili dog with bacon, chorizo, and lots of cheese.

13. Tomboy's Famous Chiliburgers

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1816 Manhattan Beach Blvd
Manhattan Beach, CA 90266
(310) 374-9944
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The South Bay loves Tomboy’s, the throwback chili dog and hamburger stand that’s open breakfast through dinner. Chili is available everywhere on the menu, but hone in on the 1⁄4 pound all-beef dogs for maximum success.

Tomboy’s
Tomboy’s
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14. Pit Burger

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16602 Normandie Ave
Gardena, CA 90247
(310) 327-6636

Pit Burger is a Gardena classic, the kind of fast food diner that every neighborhood in LA loves. The chili dog here competes with burgers and teriyaki plates, but locals still fine room for it in their diet.

15. Tugboat Pete's Hot Dog Stand

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421 Shoreline Village Dr
Long Beach, CA 90802
(562) 436-4919

Tugboat Pete’s is for Long Beach water lovers. The takeaway stand on the boardwalk at Shoreline Village turns out reliable picnic fare, including chili dogs, for cheap.

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1. Cupid's Hot Dogs

20030 Vanowen St, Winnetka, CA 91306
Cupid’s
Cupid’s chili dogs
Farley Elliott

Cupid’s is an LA classic, the kind of longstanding staple restaurant the San Fernando Valley so frequently gets right. Step up to the Winnetka location off Vanowen Street for classic LA dogs done up with a soupy, thin chili that’s perfect for getting just a little bit messy on a summer afternoon.

20030 Vanowen St
Winnetka, CA 91306

2. Fab Hot Dogs

19417 Victory Blvd, Reseda, CA 91335

Fab Hot Dogs specializes in chili rippers, a New Jersey style that favors heavily-cased meats that can be fried up to perfection for lots of snap. Add in chili and plenty of orange cheese for maximum effect.

19417 Victory Blvd
Reseda, CA 91335

3. Larry's Chili Dog

3122 W Burbank Blvd, Burbank, CA 91505
Larry’s Chili Dog
Larry’s Chili Dog
Yelp/Joe L.

Chili is, quite literally, the name of the game at Larry’s Chili Dog in Burbank. Don’t expect fanciness or frills here, just chili served a hundred ways, including over classic dogs with lots of finely shredded cheese.

3122 W Burbank Blvd
Burbank, CA 91505

4. Vicious Dogs

5231 Lankershim Blvd, North Hollywood, CA 91601
Four hot dogs with various topping sitting in white sleeves on a wooden table.
Vicious Dogs
Vicious Dogs

Vicious Dogs is considered by many to be among the best hot dog spots in greater LA, period. The menu makes for easy customization, though it’s the classic all-beef dog with shredded cheese and chili that’s work a specific look.

5231 Lankershim Blvd
North Hollywood, CA 91601

5. Meea's

1740 Colorado Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90041
Meea’s
Meea’s
Yelp/Brittney H.

Five-year-old Meea’s has found its groove in Eagle Rock, landing squarely between all those incoming upscale restaurants and the local family-friendly classics. The unassuming Colorado Boulevard option does a variety of dogs, but the star among them may well be the classic chili dog.

1740 Colorado Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90041

6. The Hat

611 W Rte 66, Glendora, CA 91740

The Hat is a San Gabriel Valley staple, born from the booming post-war generation when drive-thrus and inexpensive pastrami reigned supreme. Today the company has multiple locations up and down the 210 freeway, including the Glendora outpost turning out classic chili dogs for all.

611 W Rte 66
Glendora, CA 91740

7. Carney's Restaurant

8351 Sunset Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90069
Carney’s
Carney’s
Carney’s

Carney’s is a chili dog classic. The 43-year-old restaurant doubles as a modified old train car, drawing in tourists and locals alike for its vintage burgers and chili-heavy hot dogs.

8351 Sunset Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90069

8. Oki's Dog

4601 W Pico Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90019
Oki Dogs
Oki’s Dog
Na’ama Landau

Real ones know Oki’s Dog, the legendary Mid-City shop on Pico known not just for its chili dogs in a bun, but for a particular concoction with two dogs, chili, cheese, and bacon wrapped in a flour tortilla.

4601 W Pico Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90019

9. Marty's Hamburger Stand

10558 Pico Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90064
Marty’s
Marty’s Hamburger Stand
Yelp/Juls K.

Marty’s Hamburger Stand is rightfully known for its old school burgers, but real fans can spy the Vienna Beef hot dog sign from a mile away. Add in lots of thin, well-reduced chili and plenty of cheese to make it the real chili dog deal.

10558 Pico Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90064

10. Chroni's Famous Sandwich Shop

5825 Whittier Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90022
Chroni’s
Chroni’s chili cheese dogs
Yelp/Kenny J.

Chroni’s Sandwich Shop is a Whittier Boulevard staple, having existed on the same site since 1945. Their chili dogs are rightfully legendary, and come laced with plenty of just-melted-enough American cheese.

5825 Whittier Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90022

11. Earle's

3864 Crenshaw Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90008
A chili dog from Earle’s Grill
Earle’s
Farley Elliott

Earle’s has been operating along the Crenshaw corridor in one form or another for many years. Their most recent iteration is a sunny storefront serving the restaurant’s continued menu of classic hot dogs and sides, including a seriously soupy chili dog with onions on top.

3864 Crenshaw Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90008

12. Dirt Dog Downey

9414 Firestone Blvd, Downey, CA 90241

Dirt Dog has become the next great (and growing) hot dog empire in Los Angeles. Originally founded with a promise to bring the bacon-wrapped street dog into a restaurant setting, the company has grown to include a variety of dogs and locations, including the dirty chili dog with bacon, chorizo, and lots of cheese.

9414 Firestone Blvd
Downey, CA 90241

13. Tomboy's Famous Chiliburgers

1816 Manhattan Beach Blvd, Manhattan Beach, CA 90266
Tomboy’s
Tomboy’s
Yelp/Somany Q.

The South Bay loves Tomboy’s, the throwback chili dog and hamburger stand that’s open breakfast through dinner. Chili is available everywhere on the menu, but hone in on the 1⁄4 pound all-beef dogs for maximum success.

1816 Manhattan Beach Blvd
Manhattan Beach, CA 90266

14. Pit Burger

16602 Normandie Ave, Gardena, CA 90247

Pit Burger is a Gardena classic, the kind of fast food diner that every neighborhood in LA loves. The chili dog here competes with burgers and teriyaki plates, but locals still fine room for it in their diet.

16602 Normandie Ave
Gardena, CA 90247

15. Tugboat Pete's Hot Dog Stand

421 Shoreline Village Dr, Long Beach, CA 90802

Tugboat Pete’s is for Long Beach water lovers. The takeaway stand on the boardwalk at Shoreline Village turns out reliable picnic fare, including chili dogs, for cheap.

421 Shoreline Village Dr
Long Beach, CA 90802

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