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Monday, June 16, 2014

12 Must-Try Hot Dog Spots Around LA

ZAGAT — 12 Must-Try Hot Dog Spots Around LA — by Lesley Balla

June Dog Maybe it's because Memorial Day has come and gone, marking the unofficial start to summer, or maybe it's because baseball season is in full swing. All we know is this — everyone has hot dogs on the brain. Whether you like yours artisanal, Chicago-style or smothered in chili (or even sprinkled with furikake), we've got your fix. Read on for our favorite new and classic hot dog spots around town.

Dog Haus This chain began in Pasadena, but is quickly growing: the first franchise location opened in Canoga Park this month, with 35 more on the way for LA, Orange and Riverside counties and Utah. The hot dogs are proprietary skinless all-beef dogs that get topped with crazy combinations, like the Sooo Cali dog, which comes with arugula, tomato, crispy onions, spicy basil aïoli and avocado. The Reservoir Dog is a messy beast with the good meaty chili, yellow mustard and slaw. The soft, slightly sweet Hawaiian rolls practically disintegrate under all of that flavor, which could also include bacon, fried egg, BBQ sauce, American cheese and Fritos, but the mess is worth it.