The Hot Dog Food Marathon Pt.1
The Dodgers are in the playoffs and to me the Dodgers mean one thing- hot dogs.So on a recent excursion to the valley I did the first of what will likely be many hot dog marathons.
Shortly after the Wiener Factory closed (RIP) The Infield opened just down the street on Ventura Blvd.Their menu features a decent variety ranging from New Zealand wagyu dogs to a pastrami dog to their notorious Twinkie Dog.
As it was the first stop I just went with a standard dog with ketchup and mustard.
It's a good dog, not world changing but satisfactory.
Sitting in the stadium seats definitely adds to the overall effect, but next time I'll try the Twinkie.
Onward to QT Chicago Dog, which is just around the corner on Woodman.
I like the setup. Sharing space with a grocery store the restaurant portion of the building is sparsely filled. There's some arcade games, a tv, some tables, a miss-matched array of signs offering different types of hot dogs, sandwiches, desserts... Overall a pleasing place to eat a Chicago Dog.
The dog is smaller than The Infield's but with a better bun. The toppings were a bit limp but the flavor was fine. It sufficed for a quick snack but would inevitably get clobbered by the dog at the next stop...
Vicious Dogs in North Hollywood. I'm not sure if the whole NoHo Arts District thing is working out or not, but I do know Vicious Dogs is the best addition to the area in years.
After QT's I wanted to compare the Chicago Dog. It would prove to be a great choice.
First, the hot dog itself is 100 times bigger, fresher and tastier than QT's. The meat actually tastes like meat (even if it just lips and hooves). The relish, pickle, peppers and tomatoes all were so flavorful that I considered having another. Rationality kicked in and I just read the LA Weekly Best of LA issue instead. Jonathan Gold loves Fab so that will definitely be on the next marathon.