13610 South Garfield Ave.
South Gate, Ca.
In the old Hollydale area.
I was taking my usual sunday cruise down Garfield Ave. headed towards Long Beach for the last month and noticed this new stand pop up, so toady I decided to stop in and give it a try.
The owners name is Alex a cool guy to talk to. We discussed various hot dog joints around L.A. and he told me his story on why he decided to start his own stand. I asked him about his chili dog and he told me it's his own take, a very unique take. I would say he's added an extra dimension to the chili dog.
First off it's NOT your classic chili dog. The dog is a quarter pound skinless dog split and grilled for you fresh. The bun is one of the larger sesame seed buns you find on most specialty dogs. That's what this chili dog is really - a SPECIALTY dog. The cheese is 3 types shredded and layered on top of the chili.
I think I've tasted the dog before from a stand that used to be in East Los Angeles before the Metro line moved in. It was near the corner of 3rd and Arizona, too bad I can't remember the name.
The Chili is not your typical gravy type chili you find at other places like Pinks, Larry's, or Chronies. The chili consist of pulled (shredded) beef in a seasoned yet light au juis. On top of the dog the chili adds a dimension that I've never tasted on a chili dog before. The chili meat is moist and flaky and doesn't break apart the bun with it's juices.
This stand has been open for around 1 month, the menu includes Dodger dogs, bacon wrapped dogs (the T.J. dog) included in a full menu. I believe this stand is going to get another couple visits in the next few Sundays by me so I can further dwell into the menu.
I understand from talking to the owner Alex that he's looking into finding a source that can provide an old fashion dog with its skin on. Hopefully sooner than later.
I would definitely recommend a TRY IT for all the chowhounds into hot dogs.
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