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5 new hot dogs to patriotically scarf down this 4th of July

Published On 07/03/2014 Published On 07/03/2014
Jeff Miller

Los Angeles 155 million hot dogs are going to be consumed this 4th of July, according to the National Hot Dog & Sausage Council, which is apparently a thing. Since you obviously want to be a part of that crew, hit one of these spots that's serving up the best new hot dogs in LA.

Dog Haus

Dog Haus: Head to the Dog Haus Biergarten in Pasadena to witness its July 5th hot dog-eating competition, or start your own at its just-opened Canoga Park location, which includes new dogs like the Pig & The Fig, an Emmental cheese-stuffed sausage topped with fig and onion relish, wild arugula, and whole grain mustard. Continue Reading


Hula Dog: You're gonna have to go South for these puppies, but they'll be worth it. This recently opened Newport Beach stand does doggy-style more different than anything you've ever seen, with its eponymous Hula Dog -- where they shove a dog into a "Hawaiian-style" bun (that's like a cylinder with a hole popped all the way through it) topped with craziness like mango and starfruit relishes.

Dog Haus

Picnik: Despite their populist charm, hot dogs have long been disparaged since they "supposedly" use undesirable parts found at the beginning and end of a pig. Thankfully, Chef Michael Puglisi embraces all the delectable gifts our porcine friends offer in his brand-new Nose to Tail Dog, which consists of pork shoulder, trotters, ears, tongue, cheek, snout, skin, liver, and a little heart. Actually, make that a lot of heart. Awwww!

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Blue Plate Oysterette: While you’d generally be forgiven for considering surf before turf at this New England-inspired favorite (which just opened a new location on West 3rd, right by Robata Jinya), you will not regret ordering up The Big Dog this weekend -- this home-wrecking colossus boasts a 1/2lb Waygu beefstick dressed up with pickles, slaw, and sauerkraut.

Fritzi Dog

Fritzi Dog: Hit this gourmet farmer’s market stand for Top Chef Master Neal Fraser’s newly revamped menu, which includes the just-launched Maple Turkey Dog, the explosively delicious jalapeño chicken sausage, and sides including Brussels tots (?!?!?) and cali-flower popcorn.

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1. Dog Haus Biergarten 93 E Green St, Pasadena, CA 91105 (Pasadena)

This parlor-style joint brings Pasadena the most creative and delicious hot dogs around. Their special all-beef skinless dogs come in several signature varieties, like the Sooo Cali, topped with wild arugula, spicy basil aioli, crispy onions, avocado, and tomato. Feeling adventurous? You can customize your own dog with a selection of 40+ toppings. Veggie dogs are available, too, as are their tasty burgers and sausages.

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2. Huladog 2233 W Balboa Blvd, Newport Beach, CA 92663

If you've been wanting to escape to Hawaii but don't have the cash, have no fear Huladog brings Hawaii to you with their unique dogs, served on "Hawaiian-style" buns (a cylinder with a hole popped all the way through it) and toppings like mango and star fruit relishes.

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3. Picnik 168 West Colorado Blvd, Pasadena, CA 91105 (Pasadena)

This new sausage joint from the team behind the super-acclaimed Bell Latin spot Corazon Y Meil is seriously delicious.

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4. Blue Plate Oysterette 8048 W. 3rd Street, Los Angeles, CA 90048

Whatever decide to order at this New England-inspired resto be sure it's in addition to The Big Dog, you won't regret it when you taste the half-pound Waygu beefstick dressed up with pickles, slaw, and sauerkraut.

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5. Fritzi Dog 6333 W. 3rd St. (at Fairfax), Los Angeles, CA 90036 (Mid Wilshire)

Not just how Randy Jackson describes his hair on rainy days, Fritzi Dog is a Farmer's Market stand doling out fully customizable hot dogs in various iterations, all, um, iterated by insanely-accoladed chef Neal Fraser, who's usually known more for white tablecloths than yellow mustard. Choose between 3 different varieties of dogs, then pick your bun - there's even pretzel and guten-free varieties. (Pretzel?!) Hawt-diggity-dawg!



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