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Fab Hot Dogs

19417 Victory Boulevard, Reseda, CA - (818) 344-4336‎
Posted By Chris & Amy Ayers on 1/10/2010 2:31:00 PM
The Ripper hot dog, popularized by Rutt’s Hut in Clifton, New Jersey, is one of America’s greatest dogs. Thumann’s custom-packs frankfurters for Rutt’s with just the right ratio of beef and pork so that the skins tear while cooking in hot oil, because not every wiener will have the same response to being deep-fried. This Jersey specialty now has an imitator, although it doesn’t pose any threat to Rutt’s business since it’s located 2,800 miles away in California’s San Fernando Valley.

Fab Hot Dogs also uses franks “imported from New Jersey” for their Rippers, so we ordered the Bald Eagle, the Ripper with Fab’s homemade mustard relish. Nestled in a fluffy bun, the wiener has crunchy skin with an excellent snap, having ‘ripped’ aesthetically. It is the Bald Eagle relish, however, that truly makes this dog: a spicy, savory, dark-orange brew of sweet relish, carrots, cabbage, Mexican oregano, and mustard that is nothing like Rutt’s neon-yellow mild relish. We don’t deny that Rutt’s Rippers have a taste all their own, but frankly the Bald Eagle has tastier mustard relish.

We also indulged in the L.A. Street Dog, an all-beef wiener wrapped in crispy bacon and mounded with grilled onions, bell peppers, diced tomato, sliced jalapeños, mustard, mayonnaise, and ketchup. This tribute to the controversial bacon dogs of L.A.’s downtown food carts (in 2008, police and health officials seized and destroyed carts selling bacon dogs without permits) is also outstanding, with the porky mélange of bacon and wiener immediately reminding us of Tucson’s Sonoran dogs. Naturally, Fab has their own Sonora Dog with sour cream, pinto beans, salsa, and green chiles.

Other tribute dogs of note are the Italian Dog, stuffed in a sub roll with peppers, onions, and potatoes (like Jimmy Buff’s in New Jersey); the Fairfax Double Burrito Dog, wrapped in a tortilla with pastrami (like Oki Dog in Hollywood); Manhattan Dog with red onion sauce; Carolina Slaw Dog with chili and slaw; and the Chicago Dog with neon relish, tomatoes, and sport peppers. Burgers, fries, Tater Tots, and glass-bottled sodas (including Yoo-Hoo chocolate drink) round out the menu. We express thanks to our friend and Roadfooder Mar52 for showing us the Fab-ulous way!

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The Bald Eagle is a Ripper with Fab’s superior mustard relish.
"The Bald Eagle is a Ripper with Fab’s superior mustard relish."
Chris & Amy Ayers





Marlene topped her bacon-wrapped dog with horseradish mustard and grilled onions.
"Marlene topped her bacon-wrapped dog with horseradish mustard and grilled onions."
Chris & Amy Ayers


Wrapped in bacon and deep-fried, the L.A. Street Dog is a revelation of flavor.
"Wrapped in bacon and deep-fried, the L.A. Street Dog is a revelation of flavor."
Chris & Amy Ayers


If you are in the mood for dessert, Fab Hot Dogs makes their own rice pudding, loaded with raisins.
"If you are in the mood for dessert, Fab Hot Dogs makes their own rice pudding, loaded with raisins."
Cliff Strutz


Bald Eagle: this is a Ripper with their signature relish, which is a little sweet and a little spicy.  I love it.  I add catsup, which I know can be a sin, and a little chopped onions.
"Bald Eagle: this is a Ripper with their signature relish, which is a little sweet and a little spicy. I love it. I add catsup, which I know can be a sin, and a little chopped onions."
Samuel Shor


The employees here win the award for most honest tip jar.
"The employees here win the award for most honest tip jar."
Cliff Strutz


If you eat one of each of their hot dogs, you get your photo in the ''Wall of Fame''!
"If you eat one of each of their hot dogs, you get your photo in the ''Wall of Fame''!"
Cliff Strutz


Fab’s menu spotlights specialty dogs from around the country (click photo to magnify).
"Fab’s menu spotlights specialty dogs from around the country (click photo to magnify)."
Chris & Amy Ayers


This crowd inside the small store is due to Fab’s being featured recently on the Diners, Drive-Ins & Dives TV show.
"This crowd inside the small store is due to Fab’s being featured recently on the Diners, Drive-Ins & Dives TV show."
Chris & Amy Ayers



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