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Skooby's: our first time...

silence9 | Feb 13, 200611:45 AM

Hi... As an unabashed fan of both In 'n Out's imperfectly inconsistent french fries and Pink's much loathed spawn-of-satan chili dog , it was finally time to compare them to Skooby's renditions of fries and dogs. So we headed down to that stretch Hollywood blvd. where the trashy lingerie emporiums outnumber the headshops 3-to-1... Skooby's is much smaller and louder than I expected, so you better love yer punk rock. A matching set of petite Gabba Gabba Hey girls were manning the the fryers and lemon squeezers, and their surly-as-sandpaper demeanor is perfectly suited to the dubious ilk such as I that roam the boulevard with that faraway look of the depraved hunger that will not be sated. My Valentine date for life (wife) and I both ordered chili cheddar dogs, fries, and lemonades. The freshly squeezed lemonade is good, albeit sweeter than expected. The chili cheddar dogs were large and just fine. The dog's meat is flavorful, with barely a faint (to me) snap to the exterior, speaking more of the method of cooking than to the casing's inherent elasticity. The dog *tastes* good, on its own. The bun is a bit oversized, but sturdy and well suited to handle the chili and condiments; if it had been toasted, it would have been spot on perfect. As for the chili, better than Pink's and not as good as my own, and though sparingly applied, well flavored. And lastly, the fries: on a humid 85 degree Sunday afternoon, we found the freshly cut and double-fried potatoes to be nicely dark in hue and cooked throughout, but alas a bit limp. They were unmistakably twice-fried, yet nowhere near *crispy*. A thicker cut than In 'n Out's, but altogether serviceable. And they come sided with a good unfussy aioli. Price for two chili cheddar dogs, two orders of fries, and two lemonades: $15 exactly... Skooby's menu is lean, mean and unambiguous, the better to handle the no-nonsense clientele craving a gritty culinary indulgence to better brace themselves for the gauntlet of clipboard-wielding acolytes of L. Ron Hubbard trolling the pavement mere feet away. Greasy lips and mustard stains are a great talisman to ward of even the staunchest zombies, by the way...

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