10 CLASSIC L.A HOT DOGS
You can't beat a classic wiener. Okay, you totally can. But for when you're feeling indulgent, these 10 establishments will do you right
- •Cupid’sThis third-generation family business celebrates their 70th anniversary this year. The oldest of their three locations is in Canoga Park.
- •Carney'sJohn and Pat Wolfe moved two Union Pacific railroad cars to the Sunset Strip in 1975 and converted them into a sit-down home for hot dogs. A few years later they did it again, opening a second location on Ventura Blvd.
- •Chroni’s Famous Sandwich ShopChroni’s dogs have bite, as does the tiny pup on the neon sign that sports a tiny neon tail that wags furiously through the night.
- •Art's Famous Chili DogsArt Ellkind claimed to have invented the chili dog at the corner of Florence and Normandie in 1939. The tiny stand closes just before sunset so get there early
- •Hot Dog on a StickDave Barham began selling corn dogs on Santa Monica beach in 1946. The company has plans to demolish the original location, so go enjoy it while you still can.
- •Larry’s Chili DogNow that the colorful canine from Papoo’s Hot Dog Show has retired to the Museum of Neon Art, the award for best dachshund hot dog mascot goes to Larry’s in Burbank where the neon dog has been reclining in a bun since 1952.
- •Pink’sPink’s has been selling wieners at La Brea and Melrose 24 hours a day for almost 80 years and have become the gold standard for line-waiting in Los Angeles.
- •Tommy’sThe little shack that Tommy Koulax built in 1946 has grown to 33 locations, but the original all-night location still churns out that signature chili, burgers, and fries.
- •Oki DogThe punk rock new wave hangout of choice in 1980s Hollywood was the original Oki Dog on Santa Monica Boulevard. The two remaining locations are filled with greasy character.
- •Quickie DogAnother memorable mascot (a running wiener) graces this circa 1965 drive-thru which shares space with Taco Quickie, another frozen in time restaurant where nothing on the menu is more than two dollars.