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The 13 best sausage joints in LA

Published On 04/22/2014 Published On 04/22/2014
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1. Wurstküche 800 E 3rd St, Los Angeles, CA 90013 (Downtown)

This DTLA beer hall (with another location in Venice) specializes in three great things: sausage, fries, and beer. In addition to uber-niche tubed-meats whose fillings vary from pork and veal to rabbit and pheasant, Wurstküche doles out Belgian fries with gourmet dipping sauces. The beer list is mostly German and Belgian, but there is PBR for the hipster in you. The space is furnished with long, communal tables, so come with a large group and an appetite for sausage.

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2. Currywurst 109 N Fairfax Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90036 (Mid Wilshire)

This Mid-Wilshire meatery slings all sorts of sausages -- and is the proud creator of the doughnut hot dog.

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3. Dog E Style 6323 Hollywood Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90028 (Hollywood)

This dog-slinger is upping the game with seriously delectable eats.

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4. Pink's Hot Dogs 709 N LA Brea Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90038 (Hollywood)

Pink's famous hot dog joint is where Willis proposed to Demi Moore, and uh... more importantly, where they're serving up unbelievably fresh and juicy dogs.

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5. Berlin Currywurst 3827 W Sunset, Los Angeles, CA 90026

Started by three German expats, this small, focused Silverlake weiner factory dabbles only in traditional Hasslehoff-loving- country-fare, w/ options like the veal & pork "Bockwurst", the beefy "Rindswurtst", and the "Sharfe Kasewurst" which's got jalapen

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6. Wirtshaus 345 N La Brea, Los Angeles, CA 90048

The latest cased-meat-and-frosty-brews mecca is laden with so much wood you'll think it is a massage parlor, but then immediately stop thinking that when you see its traditional German menu featuring a slew of draughts (Paulaner Munich/Hefe, Reissdorf Kolsch, Einhorn Spezial Pilsner, etc.) as well as grub ranging from wursts (poultry/spicy/traditional) to spatzel (incl. one with bacon) to the sauteed pork/mushroom sauce "Jager Schnitzel", which they recommend dropped into Red Bull.

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7. Seoul Sausage Company 11313 Mississippi Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90025 (West La)

If there's one thing Seoul is known for, it's living in constant fear their neighbors to the North are going to bomb the s**t out of them. If there's another, it's sausages -- or at least, that's what Seoul Sausage Company'd lead you to believe. The company is a labor of love to the founders, brothers Yong and Ted Kim, who bring a spin on Korean BBQ that won them the title of Food Network's 3rd The Great Food Truck Race.

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8. 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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9. The Slaw Dogs 720 N Lake Ave, Pasadena, CA 91104 (Pasadena)

From a longtime restauranteur (Sunset, Il Fornaio, etc.) SD is a cozy, light-wood-enhanced, casual hotdoggery, serving up an alarmingly large collection of different cased meats (Vienna all beef/spicy chicken sausage/Bavarian bratwurst, etc.).

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10. The Stand (Westwood) 1116 Westwood Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90024 (Westwood)

Just opened this week, Westwood is this wiener-king's most central location, the previous two being Encino and Century City (or 90-Year City, once the agents take their cut).

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11. Cupid's Hot Dogs 20030 Vanowen St, Canoga Park, CA 91306

With multiple outposts around LA, you'll want to frequent every single Cupid's, as you're sure to fall in love with their signature chili dog and fries. Pro tip: the Simi Valley location serves beer!

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12. Fab Hot Dogs 920 Broxton Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90024 (Westwood)

This Westwood hot dog house is serving up crispy, burst-in-your-mouth links with an array of toppings. Get them accompanied with tater tots or garlic fries and call it a day... a delicious, delicious day.

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13. Carney's 8351 W Sunset Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90069 (Hollywood)

Founded by a husband and wife duo in 1975, Carney's is the end-all-be-all for LA hot dogs. Rivaling Pink's, their unique sausages will bring you back down to Earth, all with a side of chili fries.