ORANGE COAST MAGAZINE - O.C.’s Best: Haute Dogs
Hey, didn’t these used to be humble street food?
No longer a simple sausage in a bun with ketchup and mustard, the modest hot dog now gets the gourmet treatment. From a wild assortment of meats and breads to creative and unexpected toppings, these newfangled wieners are anything but boring. Here are seven great Orange County spots to try the updated classic.
1 Dog Haus
One of the fastest growing hot dog chains in the country, its tricked-out toppings and winsome flavors set its menu apart from the rest. The best-selling Sooo Cali features an all-beef skinless frank crowned with wild arugula, spicy basil aioli, crispy onions, avocado, and tomato—it’s like eating a BLT sandwich, but better. Das Brat is another savory standout: bratwurst tucked in perfectly toasted King’s Hawaiian buns with whole-grain mustard aioli, sauerkraut, and white American cheese. $6 to $7. 2555 E. Chapman Ave., Fullerton, 714-213-8265; 2800 N. Main St., Santa Ana, 714-953-4287, doghaus.com