It’s almost too easy to overlook Wolfe Burger, and especially their hot dogs, says WildSwede. Dogs are split and grilled, and if you go for the chili–spicy or mild–they really pile it on. Make sure to get some onion rings, the rock. Drop a buck into the tip jar, advises Chino Wayne, and you’ll probably get extra.

Burgers are good too–they have mushroom, fish and very tasty turkey burgers in additional to the usual beef.

Speaking of hot dogs, the #1 plain old dog in town is at Carneys, says Steve Doggie-Dogg. “It snaps, squirts, perfect spice… couldn’t be better.” Chili dogs and fries are great too, adds Bruin2.

Wiener Factory has some of the best dogs in town, say a couple of other hounds. B Minus goes for the slaw and cheese dog, while Simihound prefers mild or spicy Polish.

The Hound Dog is an excellent hot dog place with a classic vibe, says dmax. Snappy dogs with tasty chili and mustard on the side if you like. Vintage celebrity photos lining the walls give it some ambience.

Some hot dog spots stand out because of the details.

Skooby’s, a tiny Hollywood joint that serves little more than dogs, does them well, along with some surprisingly high-minded fries (freshly cut from whole, skin-on potatoes) with aioli.

The Stand, kind of an upscale diner, has a slew of top-notch hot dogs and toppings, beer on tap and wine by the glass. Don’t forget Dollar Dog Mondays.

Chronis has killer chili for its dogs, says nrique.

One of the best dogs elmomonster ever had was at Jerry’s, where they fire ‘em over wood. They’ve also got great sausages and homemade potato chips.

jackattack likes the snappy dogs at Larry’s.

QT’s, Taste Chicago and Portillo’s have good Chicago-style hot dogs, says chowchi1, although Steve Doggie-Dogg has reported on his blog that QT’s is capable of producing juicy, tasty, natural-casing dogs, but you can’t count on their actually being in stock.


Wolfe Burgers [Pasadena-ish]
46 N. Lake Ave., Pasadena
626-792-7292
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Carneys [Hollywood]
8351 W. Sunset Blvd., Los Angeles
323-654-8300
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Carneys [East San Fernando Valley]
12601 Ventura Blvd., Studio City
818-761-8300
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Wiener Factory [West San Fernando Valley]
14917 Ventura Blvd., Sherman Oaks
818-789-2676
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Hound Dog Hot Dog Shop [West San Fernando Valley]
8749 Glenoaks Blvd., Sun Valley
818-768-9712
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Skooby’s [Hollywood]
6654 Hollywood Blvd., Los Angeles
323-HOT-DOGS
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Skooby’s [South Bay]
502 Pacific Coast Highway, Hermosa Beach

310-376-1292
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The Stand [West San Fernando Valley]
17000 Ventura Blvd., Encino
818-788-2700
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Chronis [East LA]
5825 Whittier Blvd., Los Angeles
323-728-7806
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Jerry’s Wood-Fired Dogs [Inland of LA]
1360 S. Beach Blvd., La Habra
562-697-4644
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Jerry’s Wood-Fired Dogs [Inland of LA]
2276 E. 17th St., Santa Ana
714-245-0200
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Larry’s Chili Dog [East San Fernando Valley]
3122 W. Burbank Blvd., Burbank
818 842-0244
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QT’s Chicago Dogs [West San Fernando Valley]
4344 Woodman Ave., Sherman Oaks
818-386-0111
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Taste Chicago [East San Fernando Valley]
603 N. Hollywood Way, Burbank
818-563-2800
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Portillo’s [Inland of LA]
8390 La Palma Ave, Buena Park
714-220-6400
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