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Cupid’s Hot Dogs
Farley Elliott

The 16 Essential Hot Dogs in Los Angeles

American classics with an Angeleno twist available for takeout, delivery, and limited dine-in

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Cupid’s Hot Dogs
| Farley Elliott

Los Angeles is mostly a burger and taco town, but look closely and you’ll find plenty of classic American hot dogs suped-up with a dose of local flavor. Here in the Southland, franks might be topped with dried Japanese seaweed or Korean kimchi, then placed inside a duo of split Hawaiian rolls for good measure. Whatever your personal hot dog vice may be, there’s a beef and bun combination that is sure to satisfy. From the chili cheese burrito dogs at OkiDog to the bacon-wrapped beauties at Dirt Dog, here now are the 16 essential hot dogs in Los Angeles.

Removed: Star’s Drive-In, Imperial Western, Jeff’s Kosher, Wurstkuche

Added: Pink’s, Meea’s, The Hat, Joe Jost’s

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Cupid's Hot Dogs

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Cupid’s was originally established in 1946 as Walsh’s Hot Dogs by Richard and Bernice Walsh. Today, diners flock here for a dose of nostalgia and the beloved chili dogs. There’s no messing around with bells and whistles; the one-item menu signals confidence and hyper-specialization.

Fab Hot Dogs

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Fab Hot Dogs takes east coast-style hot dogs seriously. They specialize in Rippers, natural casing beef and pork dogs from New Jersey that are deep fried and customized with a tons of toppings. Most of the specialty dogs can be upgraded to foot-longs, just in case you're extra hungry.

Vicious Dogs

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The North Hollywood hot dog mecca, Vicious Dogs, is about as zany as it gets. Sure, there are the standard options such as the chili-cheese dog and kraut dog, but Vicious Dogs sets a new standard with options such as hot dogs topped with jalapeno cheddar poppers, pastrami, mozzarella sticks, and chopped chicken tenders.

The Fat Dog

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Grab a seat on the 1,000 square feet patio and dig into the restaurant’s signature hot dog. The Fat Dog comes with a grilled frank, house pickle, tomato, onion, and peppers.

The Stand

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Merging hold school menu items with a new school vibe, The Stand is a Valley classic with outlets in Woodland Hills, Encino, Northridge and beyond. Don’t skip on those awesome fries either.

Dog Haus Biergarten

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Craft hot dog concept Dog Haus offers creative spins on the classic dog by using elevated ingredients. The Sooo Cali features Dog Haus’ all-beef skinless dog with wild arugula, spicy basil aioli, crispy onions, avocado, and tomato. All of their unique creations can be made with any of their gourmet sausages.

Dog Haus Biergarten
Dog Haus Biergarten
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This Eagle Rock hot dog staple traffics in dogs of all sorts, from regional specifics to chili and mustard basics. Bonus points for making a vegan dog in-house as well.

Hollywood Burger

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A domestic iteration of a growing international chain, Hollywood Burger across from the Pantages Theater does some of the city’s best chili cheese dogs, laced with spice and hearty enough to prepare you for an evening out drinking on the Walk of Fame.

Hollywood Burger
Hollywood Burger
Hollywood Burger [Official Photo]

Carney's

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There’s nothing quite like the experience of enjoying an old-fashioned chili dog on a Pacific Railroad passenger train right on Sunset Boulevard. Carney’s offers guests just that, slinging hot dogs out of a bright yellow rail car since 1975.

This stand made a name for itself with punk rockers in the '70s. The eponymous hot dog was inspired by a snack from Okinawa, Japan. Okidog makes its cross-cultural hot dog hybrid by stuffing two franks, chili, pastrami, mustard and American cheese into a burrito-style tortilla creating a hot dog that's sure to put your metabolism to the test.

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Okidog
Okidog [Official Photo]

Pink's Hot Dogs

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Folks with mixed feelings about the wild hot dog combinations at Pink’s on La Brea may well be missing the point entirely. The place is an icon, beloved by tourists and a certain sect of nostalgic Angelenos alike. Just be sure to go in the late afternoons, when the lines have briefly died down.

A line at a white hot dog stand.
LA: The Line Outside of Pink’s
Photo: Flickr/ Subspace

Myungrang Hot Dog

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For a taste of Korean-style hotdogs, look no further than Myungrang tucked inside the California Market in Koreatown. The chewy exterior is sweet thanks to a generous coating of sugar, while the interior can range from cheese to sausages to traditional franks.

The Hat

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Pastrami’s the thing at this venerable Southern California mini-chain, so why not load the shaved stuff on top of a simple hot dog for maximum effect?

Dirt Dog

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Bacon-wrapped hotdogs are an LA staple, but at Dirt Dog they’re done up with class. A variety of toppings make each one uniquely delicious, as just about anyone within a two mile radius of the restaurant’s address near USC can attest.

Dirt Dog
Dirt Dog
Dirt Dog [Official Photo]

Earle's on Crenshaw

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A family owned business for over 30 years, locals gather ‘round for Earle’s famous dogs. There is the usual all-beef version with an accompanying all-beef chili, of course, but don’t overlook the vegan dogs, links, and chili too. Both omnivores and herbivores will leave here full and happy.

Chili-slathered hot dog with pickled onions on a slate gray background at Earle’s on Crenshaw.
Earle’s
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Joe Jost's

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This nearly 100-year-old Long Beach legend is known for its quirky menu, especially the Joe’s special, a split Polish dog wrapped in rye bread that’s also been clogged with Swiss cheese, mustard, and a pickle.

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Cupid's Hot Dogs

Cupid’s was originally established in 1946 as Walsh’s Hot Dogs by Richard and Bernice Walsh. Today, diners flock here for a dose of nostalgia and the beloved chili dogs. There’s no messing around with bells and whistles; the one-item menu signals confidence and hyper-specialization.

Fab Hot Dogs

Fab Hot Dogs takes east coast-style hot dogs seriously. They specialize in Rippers, natural casing beef and pork dogs from New Jersey that are deep fried and customized with a tons of toppings. Most of the specialty dogs can be upgraded to foot-longs, just in case you're extra hungry.

Vicious Dogs

The North Hollywood hot dog mecca, Vicious Dogs, is about as zany as it gets. Sure, there are the standard options such as the chili-cheese dog and kraut dog, but Vicious Dogs sets a new standard with options such as hot dogs topped with jalapeno cheddar poppers, pastrami, mozzarella sticks, and chopped chicken tenders.

The Fat Dog

Grab a seat on the 1,000 square feet patio and dig into the restaurant’s signature hot dog. The Fat Dog comes with a grilled frank, house pickle, tomato, onion, and peppers.

The Stand

Merging hold school menu items with a new school vibe, The Stand is a Valley classic with outlets in Woodland Hills, Encino, Northridge and beyond. Don’t skip on those awesome fries either.

Dog Haus Biergarten

Dog Haus Biergarten
Dog Haus Biergarten
Dog Haus Biergarten [Official Photo]

Craft hot dog concept Dog Haus offers creative spins on the classic dog by using elevated ingredients. The Sooo Cali features Dog Haus’ all-beef skinless dog with wild arugula, spicy basil aioli, crispy onions, avocado, and tomato. All of their unique creations can be made with any of their gourmet sausages.

Dog Haus Biergarten
Dog Haus Biergarten
Dog Haus Biergarten [Official Photo]

Meea's

This Eagle Rock hot dog staple traffics in dogs of all sorts, from regional specifics to chili and mustard basics. Bonus points for making a vegan dog in-house as well.

Hollywood Burger

Hollywood Burger
Hollywood Burger
Hollywood Burger [Official Photo]

A domestic iteration of a growing international chain, Hollywood Burger across from the Pantages Theater does some of the city’s best chili cheese dogs, laced with spice and hearty enough to prepare you for an evening out drinking on the Walk of Fame.

Hollywood Burger
Hollywood Burger
Hollywood Burger [Official Photo]

Carney's

There’s nothing quite like the experience of enjoying an old-fashioned chili dog on a Pacific Railroad passenger train right on Sunset Boulevard. Carney’s offers guests just that, slinging hot dogs out of a bright yellow rail car since 1975.

Okidog

Okidog
Okidog
Okidog [Official Photo]

This stand made a name for itself with punk rockers in the '70s. The eponymous hot dog was inspired by a snack from Okinawa, Japan. Okidog makes its cross-cultural hot dog hybrid by stuffing two franks, chili, pastrami, mustard and American cheese into a burrito-style tortilla creating a hot dog that's sure to put your metabolism to the test.

Okidog
Okidog
Okidog [Official Photo]

Pink's Hot Dogs

A line at a white hot dog stand.
LA: The Line Outside of Pink’s
Photo: Flickr/ Subspace

Folks with mixed feelings about the wild hot dog combinations at Pink’s on La Brea may well be missing the point entirely. The place is an icon, beloved by tourists and a certain sect of nostalgic Angelenos alike. Just be sure to go in the late afternoons, when the lines have briefly died down.

A line at a white hot dog stand.
LA: The Line Outside of Pink’s
Photo: Flickr/ Subspace

Myungrang Hot Dog

For a taste of Korean-style hotdogs, look no further than Myungrang tucked inside the California Market in Koreatown. The chewy exterior is sweet thanks to a generous coating of sugar, while the interior can range from cheese to sausages to traditional franks.

The Hat

Pastrami’s the thing at this venerable Southern California mini-chain, so why not load the shaved stuff on top of a simple hot dog for maximum effect?

Dirt Dog

Dirt Dog
Dirt Dog
Dirt Dog [Official Photo]

Bacon-wrapped hotdogs are an LA staple, but at Dirt Dog they’re done up with class. A variety of toppings make each one uniquely delicious, as just about anyone within a two mile radius of the restaurant’s address near USC can attest.

Dirt Dog
Dirt Dog
Dirt Dog [Official Photo]

Earle's on Crenshaw

Chili-slathered hot dog with pickled onions on a slate gray background at Earle’s on Crenshaw.
Earle’s
Farley Elliott

A family owned business for over 30 years, locals gather ‘round for Earle’s famous dogs. There is the usual all-beef version with an accompanying all-beef chili, of course, but don’t overlook the vegan dogs, links, and chili too. Both omnivores and herbivores will leave here full and happy.

Chili-slathered hot dog with pickled onions on a slate gray background at Earle’s on Crenshaw.
Earle’s
Farley Elliott

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Joe Jost's

This nearly 100-year-old Long Beach legend is known for its quirky menu, especially the Joe’s special, a split Polish dog wrapped in rye bread that’s also been clogged with Swiss cheese, mustard, and a pickle.

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