Jimmi's Red Hots seems to be promoting themselves as a Chicago Dog or some East Coast "Red Hot" hot dog place,but for a hound like myself that has driven hours in New Jersey searching out the "fried" hot dog, or the "ripper"....imagine my delight in finding the grail just around the corner from my house.
The menu is extensive and a little confusing but the variety is in what you do to the actual dogs. Which are really onlythe classic red hot which we would call a frank or a hot dog, a foot long which is a lot like a nathans and the white dog which has veal in it and is like a wurst. EACH KIND CAN BE PREPARED LIKE A RIPPER (fried in oil)
The toppings are incredible: onions, red onions, chili, celery salt, different relishes and mustards, sauerkraut, etc.
They have hot wings that are true to the Anchor Bar Buffalo original served with either ranch or blue cheese. I really liked them...not as sweet as the kind you normally get in San Diego and the medium hot had a nice zing to it.
Finally there is real East Coast Frozen Custard which put a smile on my kids face.
The prices aren't cheap but its the real deal and they weren't busy on the Sunday I was there so if you are a Hot Dog fan, you may want to get there soon.
Jimmi's Red Hots 2508 El Camino Real C1 in back of the defunct Good Guys and across from the Carlsbad Mall. 760-729-2999