The new Jerry's Dogs store has finally opened in La Habra. I can't find it in SmartPages, but it's in the giant strip mall on the SE corner of Beach Blvd. and Imperial Hwy. with the WalMart and Lowe's. Jerry's Dogs is out on the Beach Blvd. edge of the mall between Pasta Bravo and Baja Fresh.
The new Jerry's Dogs is identical in size and layout to the original location in Santa Ana which means it's far too small. They have retained the convention of having patrons line up after they've paid while an employee adds their chosen condiments to the dogs. To me this is A) a waste of time, and 2) not as Chowish as I'd like it to be. If I want spicy brown mustard, relish and onions, there's a difference to me in the order they go onto my dog. I like to be able to control the quantities of the condiments. And the EE feels a chili cheese dog is not complete without coleslaw which Jerry's does not have.
But, those quibbles aside, their selection of condiments is good, and their staff is polite and obliging.
Forget the un-memorable sides. Yes, order the house-made potato chips the first time for the novelty, but know that Jerry uses the ubiquitous, tasteless vegetable oil to fry the fries, chips and onion rings, so none of them are worth the calories.
The deal here is the Signature Dog -- a natural-casing, plump, grilled dog that fills the rather ordinary bun, stands up to the condiments and is what makes the trip worthwhile. Your visit won't be cheap for a visit to a hotdog place but it will satisfy if a dog's what you're jonesing for.
I've linked to the website, but it doesn't have any info on the new store. Also, I don't have my receipt any longer, but I think the prices are higher in La Habra.