Did a search on the board and didn’t see anything so decided to post. To set expectations, this is not a destination recommendation. But if you’re on the Westside near the Best Buy on Pico and Sawtelle and hungry for a solid hot dog run by a great guy, Uncle Ced’s is worth a stop. This is a cart on the Corinth side of the parking lot. I had noticed the cart before but never got around to trying it. Today was such a nice day, walking to enjoy the weather and trying Uncle Ced’s was a great excuse to get away from the work on my desk.
The varieties available are spicy polish, mild polish, all beef and a turkey. One third pound and choice of yellow or Dijon mustard, onions, jalapenos, relish or sauerkraut. Dogs are $3.50 each or a combo with can of soda and bag of chips for $5.
I chatted with him briefly while he prepped my order. Just an extraordinarily friendly and nice guy with a great disposition. All the dogs are supposedly his private blend that he contracts out to be made with a natural casing. Everything looked really clean and well kept. Condiments tidy and covered when not in use. All the dogs are steamed and not grilled. Buns are typical supermarket.
On surface there was a good vibe but how did they taste? I ordered a spicy polish and an all beef to take back to the office. Started out with the spicy polish and was disappointed a bit with the first bite. There was no snap to the dog. But I liked the spices in it and there was heat but not tongue numbing. Next up the all beef which did have more of a snap. It had a good beefy flavor to it and I also liked the flavor and seasoning. Minor nitpicks, the onion was chopped a little fine for my taste. I wish the bun was a little less spongy from being kept in the steam. But these are definitely minor issues.
Overall, I enjoyed my experience. A solid dog dished out by a great guy at a cart by a parking lot. Just something where you’d walk by on the way to somewhere else, stop for a quick bite, friendly chit chat and then keep going. Not something you’d usually do in a vehicle oriented culture such as LA. I’d never think to stop by this stand if I was in my car, which is probably why it took me so long to try it. I’d definitely go back for a quick lunch or mid afternoon snack.
Ced’s hours are usually Monday to Friday from noon to six. Sometimes there on Saturdays. I dug around after I got back to my desk and found out he’s got a twitter and facebook account. The twitter, @flyfish120, doesn’t look very active and facebook looks like it’s run by a friend. Again, this is not a destination place and it’s not a mind blowing hot dog. But it is a good dog, very fair price and a great owner proud of his product. Sadly a combination that is rarer than expected.