Recent talk here made me hungry for a Chili Dog. First, I can only eat a chili dog if it is a Tasty Dog with a Snap and the Chili must be able to stand on its own as a meal with nothing more than a fork and maybe a few crackers. You know thick, dark Chili sauce with no beans and lots of flavor by itself but when topped with fresh onion and/or cheese it feeds your soul. Add some fresh tasty mustard and that is the making of a great Chili Dog IMO. Anyway today I was in the mood for a taste test. I have always felt Carneys had the best Chili Dog, and that Pinks has a great Burrito Dog. IMO the Tommys Chili Dog is not a good Dog but Tommys makes the Best Chili, Sausage & Egg Sandwich for Breakfast in town. Today however my son and I stopped at Arts and Big D -- both are in El Monte. These two separate stands make a Chili Dog and Chili Cheese fries that is better than Pinks and probably as good as Carneys. In fact I will say better because the price is about 2/3 of what Carneys and Pinks charges. To tell you the truth I could not say which one I liked the most. I felt Arts was ahead but my son felt Big D was better. We both agreed that the taste test will be repeated again and again if necessary until we agree on who is Top Dog. For now all I can say is if you are West of Downtown you can go to Carneys but if you are Downtown or to the East you must try these two Dogs. Arts also makes a Burger as good as InnOut, a Pastrami like the Hat, fries as good a McD and really good onion rings that he breads himself.
Arts The Art of Burgers. ( Chili Dogs, Chili Cheese fries, Breakfast Sandwiches and Burritos, Burgers, Steaks, Pastrami, Onion Rings, Try the Three by Three 3 burgers w/ 3 cheese for $3.70 or a Five by Five for $5.60)
11629 E. Valley Blvd.
El Monte, CA 91732
At the 10 Fry across from McDonalds & Tommys.
Breakfast 7:00 A.M. to 11:00A.M. Mon. Sat. And on Sun. 8:00 A.M. to 11:00A.M.
Lunch & Dinner served All Day 7:00 A.M. to Midnight
Big D Enter Out Burger (Burgers and Chili Dogs and Chili Fries, Pastrami)
12300 Valley Blvd
El Monte, CA
Corner of E. Valley and N. Durfee Ave. / Just West of 605 Fry
Carneys (Chili Dog and Fries)
12601 Ventura Blvd.
Carneys(Chili Dog and Fries)
8351 Sunset Blvd.
Pink's Hot Dogs
709 N. La Brea Blvd.
L.A., CA 90038
BACON BURRITO DOG
Big Flour Tortilla wrapped around 2 hot dogs,
2 slices of cheese, 3 slices bacon
Chili and onions
The Original Tommys (Breakfast Sausage, Egg, Chili, Cheese, Tomato, onion, pickle and mayo on a English Muffin )
1900 Lincoln Blvd.