Los Angeles has a new dog hotspot!

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2008/08/19 15:23:23 (permalink)

Los Angeles has a new dog hotspot!

Fab Hot Dog in Reseda. I'm obsessed. They just opened like 2 months back and every dog I've tried is FANTASTIC. You can find address and menu here:

myspace.com/fabhotdogs

If you've been - what do you think?
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    RE: Los Angeles has a new dog hotspot! 2008/08/19 15:30:58 (permalink)
    quote:
    Originally posted by VentageRock

    Fab Hot Dog in Reseda. I'm obsessed. They just opened like 2 months back and every dog I've tried is FANTASTIC. You can find address and menu here:

    myspace.com/fabhotdogs

    If you've been - what do you think?

    I haven't been, but what I think is you have an obsession problem what with hot dogs and guacamole being high on your list of obsessions.
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    RE: Los Angeles has a new dog hotspot! 2008/08/20 20:06:46 (permalink)
    Ha, I just like good food. It's not a problem to like to eat :)
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    RE: Los Angeles has a new dog hotspot! 2008/08/22 00:11:35 (permalink)
    What brand hot dogs do they use, ventagerock?
    I like Cupids, and Law Dogs up in your San Fernando Valley area...
    I'll be glad to add your rec. to my list... it would be good to know what brand, though...
    I don't really go for the porky ones. I like a good all beef one!!
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    RE: Los Angeles has a new dog hotspot! 2008/08/22 00:39:11 (permalink)
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    I don't really go for the porky ones. I like a good all beef one!!


    .......................... LOL
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    RE: Los Angeles has a new dog hotspot! 2008/08/23 19:57:17 (permalink)
    I was gettin' ready to say, Frank, "You leave that girl alone!", but ya know what? I agree with her!

    I lived in The Valley for 3 almost 4 years and never ate at Pink's in Hollywood or Cupid's in Northridge or any of those places except "over-the-hill" at Tail o' the Pup.
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    RE: Los Angeles has a new dog hotspot! 2008/08/24 01:41:10 (permalink)
    Oh Ellen, Cupids isn't what it used to be.

    I don't even know at this point if any Cupids remain.

    Having gone to CSUN I ate MANY Cupid's dogs. They were always my favorite.
    iSomething about that starchy chili I really loved!

    In fact... I could eat the chili with a little mustard on the bun and forget about the dog! But only after finishing the first one complete.

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    RE: Los Angeles has a new dog hotspot! 2008/08/25 21:01:30 (permalink)
    I honestly don't like Pinks. Too greasy. I'm not sure of the brand Fab Hot Dog uses -- it kind of keeps his recipes secret at this point. I do know they are all beef though (and quite yummy, went there again earlier today) -- I don't do pork (raised jewish).
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    RE: Los Angeles has a new dog hotspot! 2008/08/25 22:22:58 (permalink)
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    I'm not sure of the brand Fab Hot Dog uses -- I do know they are all beef, though ..I don't do pork (raised jewish).
    Hey, VentageRock, good to know I'm not the only one on this website that does'nt do PORK..! (it was instilled too much into us in Hebrew School about pork being a dirty animal) (however, my sis does'nt have the same mind block I have, as she loves her baby back ribs,etc!)

    WOW, I just googled FAB'S hot dogs, home of the RIPPER..
    (deep fried hot dog, like the Rutts Hut in Jersey)
    There were 24 reviews from www.YELP.com, mostly all GLOWING!!!
    Considering the place appears to have just opened real recently, it's getting so many rave reviews !
    So I'll definitely put this new joint on my list when I go to L.A. for a week in October!
    Think I'll go for the Bald Eagle dog, which is the Ripper with their homemade relish on it... maybe add some grilled onions, as well..
    and they even have Frito pie; gotta try a side of that, always wanted to try Frito pie...

    Hey, have you tried Skooby's? Enjoyed the hot dog I had there last year at their Manhattan Beach area location.

    Mar52: I'll heed the Cupid warnings, and stay away...
    too many other good places to go in L.A. area




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    RE: Los Angeles has a new dog hotspot! 2008/08/26 20:54:17 (permalink)
    I just had their frito pie - I do recommend it. Made me feel like I was back home in Texas.
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    RE: Los Angeles has a new dog hotspot! 2008/08/27 06:34:15 (permalink)
    Check this older post for more info: http://roadfood.com/Forums/topic.asp?TOPIC_ID=29426
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    RE: Los Angeles has a new dog hotspot! 2008/08/27 23:03:51 (permalink)
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    Originally posted by John Fox

    Check this older post for more info: http://roadfood.com/Forums/topic.asp?TOPIC_ID=29426

    OMG! Their ripper is 80% pork?!?!? Way too much pork for me.
    Thanks for clearing up that misleading info...
    (they claimed "all beef" on their menu items)
    (I will give them benefit of the doubt if somehow they have changed their ways and do use the all beef dogs now)

    I could handle 80% beef, and 20% pork!
    But 80% pork?!? (I think I had my fill of pork in CT with those Hummel's dogs!)

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    RE: Los Angeles has a new dog hotspot! 2008/08/28 06:33:55 (permalink)
    Ellen,

    I had an e-mail conversation with the owner of Fab Hot Dogs. He acknowledged that the ripper is mostly pork and said that the all beef claim was mistakenly put on their site. He told me it would be corrected. However, like Crif Dogs in New York, they also offer a grilled all beef dog for people who either do not eat pork based dogs, do not like dogs with pork, or just prefer all beef. The beef dog is grilled.
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    RE: Los Angeles has a new dog hotspot! 2008/09/09 14:34:45 (permalink)
    I had a Cupid's about six months ago - they seemed pretty on track and the same as I remembered to me...
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    RE: Los Angeles has a new dog hotspot! 2008/09/09 15:20:48 (permalink)
    Hey Uncledaveyo!

    Where did you have a Cupids? I'd love to relive that taste!

    I'd even order two.
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    RE: Los Angeles has a new dog hotspot! 2008/09/09 15:33:40 (permalink)
    Ellen...A little swine never hurt anyone I have never heard of an all beef deep fried hot dog.
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    RE: Los Angeles has a new dog hotspot! 2008/09/10 01:28:48 (permalink)
    The Ripper is 20% pork, not 80!!
    Here's the rundown
    60% beef
    20% pork
    20% Soy protein
    Fab Hot dogs also serves all beef hot dogs.

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    RE: Los Angeles has a new dog hotspot! 2008/09/10 06:41:46 (permalink)
    No, the Thumann's dog for deep frying is between 75 and 80% pork, 5% cereal grains (semolina to aid in frying), beef, and a little soy protein concentrate. I know people who work for Thumanns and have visited their plant.
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    RE: Los Angeles has a new dog hotspot! 2008/09/10 10:26:56 (permalink)
    Practically every acknowledged purveyor of bona fide Italian Hot Dogs in N.J. fries their all-beef hot dogs...and 95% of the time that frank is a Best Provision, out of Newark.

    Some use the shallow, tilted pan; some a French fryer.

    The Bear

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    RE: Los Angeles has a new dog hotspot! 2008/09/10 12:43:17 (permalink)
    About this discrepancy in the pork/beef ratio, I don't think Fab's Hot Dogs publicly disclosed which New Jersey manufacturer's frankfurters they are using. Even though all Sabrett franks (even the oursourced ones) are now made in the Bronx, the company's offices are still in New Jersey. So, the usual suspects include Best, Thumann's, Smaltz, Sabrett, and others named in the New Jersey Hot Dogs thread. Then, there are the local meat markets that pack franks in Cryovac and sell them wholesale as well. This article on LAist states that Fab's uses the same franks as Rutt's Hutt:
    http://laist.com/2008/08/10/fab_hot_dogs_a_little_piece_of_jers.php
    Well, does that mean the same exact Thumann's SKU number, or same generic type, such as "beef/pork dog for frying"?

    Then, there is always the phenomenon of regional tastes. People in LA not originally from NJ may prefer a dog with more beef.
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    RE: Los Angeles has a new dog hotspot! 2008/09/10 15:09:58 (permalink)
    Fab's definitely uses the special Thumann's dog for deep frying. This dog is a novelty in LA, but common in North Jersey. It can also be found at Crif's in New York. Thumann's makes one dog for deep frying, a griller, and an all beef dog. Three recipes, but made in different sizes. There was an article in the New York Times a few years ago that mistakenly gave the wrong percentages regarding the Thumann's deep fryer or ripper. They stated it as more than 50% beef which is just not true. As stated many times purveyors of hot dogs have been known to stretch the truth regarding where they get their dogs, whether or not they are made special for them (the most common lie), and what's in them. Some even lie about their condiments. I can give you many examples. Just check past posts. I think people who actually make the hot dogs would know more about what's in them than those who sell them.

    Tastes are regional. Even in N.J. there are people who think a dog with 50% or more pork is bland, or at least mild. Those, also from N.J. who grew up on these dogs think a kosher or kosher style dog is too spicy and more like a sausage. LA, to my knowledge has a lot of veggie and poultry dogs, which I would never eat. There are also beef dogs. I don't know if there are many places serving beef/pork dogs. After eating tofu or poultry dogs, I would think any other type (pork/beef ripper for example) would do well. At any rate, I'm glad that a Jersey style dog is doing well across the country.
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    RE: Los Angeles has a new dog hotspot! 2008/09/10 15:21:28 (permalink)
    Hello all ,

    Good job with this info John , keep up the good work , getting an establishment cross country to correct their website , simply amazing !!

    Benzee
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    RE: Los Angeles has a new dog hotspot! 2008/09/10 20:27:59 (permalink)
    Re: Cupid's - I think it was Northridge - does that seem right? Being a "Northerner" not great with the geography of So Cal.

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    RE: Los Angeles has a new dog hotspot! 2009/12/22 11:00:54 (permalink)
    Fab's was featured on Diners,Drive Ins & Dives last night. Looks good.
     
    http://www.fabhotdogs.com/indexMain.html
     
     
    http://www.roadfood.com/Restaurant/Review/6701-7136/fab-hot-dogs
    post edited by acer2x - 2009/12/22 11:03:59
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    RE: Los Angeles has a new dog hotspot! 2009/12/22 11:57:16 (permalink)
    I saw Fab's on DDD last night and my firrst thought was that they ripped off the Whistle Pig, put sauce on it and called it the Bald Eagle Dog. 

    Page's in Niagara Falls specialized in deep fired bacon wrapped dogs with cheese on them called Whistle Pigs for the past 50 years or so. They are in  the process of re-opening, and the new owners are going to also have a deep fried bacon wrapped Italian sausage on an Italian roll and are calling it the Whistle Hog.  Guy needs to get up to the Falls and check out the Whistle Pig - all deep fried dogs aren't from Jersey.
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    RE: Los Angeles has a new dog hotspot! 2009/12/22 13:29:57 (permalink)
    Write to the show producer, Niagara.  I'd bet they are always on the hunt for new local specialties.
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    RE: Los Angeles has a new dog hotspot! 2009/12/22 15:43:39 (permalink)
    I happened to be at Fab the day Guy Fierro was filming and I'm also going to be there today!  It's going to be a Roadfood get together!

    I find it funny that they sell an Oki Dog but call it a Fairfax... which is the street where one of the Oki Dogs is located.

    I've heard that the hot dogs there are all beef (Thurmann's) and that they use a pork mix for the Rippers.


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    RE: Los Angeles has a new dog hotspot! 2009/12/22 18:29:52 (permalink)
    mar52I've heard that the hot dogs there are all beef (Thurmann's) and that they use a pork mix for the Rippers.


    That's right, I spoke with the owner....the all beefs don't split like that. I like Fab it's a darn good dog!
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    RE: Los Angeles has a new dog hotspot! 2009/12/22 19:23:18 (permalink)
    You guys have a wonderful time Marlene!
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    RE: Los Angeles has a new dog hotspot! 2009/12/22 19:58:01 (permalink)
    Nancy, we did and we talked about you!

    Now you need to come back to LA so we can talk about them!


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