I just came across The Slaw Dogs today. They soft-opened a few days ago in the space on North Lake where Fredo's Phillys was. They seem to draw a lot of inspiration from Oinkster and Fab Dogs.
They use Vienna Beef dogs as their basic dog, though they have many other types. We tried their "Original Dog", which is chili, cheese, mustard, onions and cole slaw. The chili was very good (made with Newcastle Ale), done in the perfect style for chili dogs and chili fries. I have to admit I didn't warm up the idea of cole slaw on a hot dog, but they have lots of other promising combos. Their menu says they'll ripper or charbroil dogs on request -- definitely something to try on the next visit. We also tried their Belgian fries and beer battered (Newcastle again) onion rings, which were also good. Sadly, they don't have tater tots. Their menu is quite ambitious, with a lot of unusal combinations and toppings. Their toppings include kimchi, truffle oil, and "thai slaw" (cole slaw with satay and coriander).
The room is completely transformed from when it was Fredo's -- wood and black leather(ette?) furniture and low lighting. No liquor license yet, but they're in the process of applying for one. They hope to serve a selection of craft beers in the future.
All around, a very welcome addition to the neighborhood.
The Slaw Dogs
720 North Lake Ave
Pasadena, CA 91104