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.
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