My Mother & I tried FAB HOT DOGS in Reseda, Ca a couple of weeks ago and it was awful, the bathroom was so dirty and so were the counters and soda machine. The food was awful and tasted a day or two old....Wouldn't recommend it! It may have been great back in 2008 but it SUCKED in 2012.
Best Hot Dog - 2008
L.A. Street Dog at Fab
Los Angeles, as has been amply proven, is a melting pot of world hot dog culture, a city where it is possible to find persuasive versions of Chicago hot dogs, New York street dogs, Okinawan-Jewish-Mexican hot dogs, Dodger Dogs, Chinese hot dogs, West Virginia coleslaw dogs, Colombian hot dogs and Chez Panisse–influenced organic hot dogs with pedigrees more impressive than a prize Pekinese. Some would argue that the city's most vital contribution to the hot dog diaspora is the chilidog at Pink's, and those people are probably correct — right now, even if you are reading this at a rainy 2:30 a.m., 112 people are probably lined up outside Pink's waiting for a chili kraut dog with everything. But I can't help thinking that the most important homegrown hot dog is probably the L.A. street dog, also known as the Danger Dog, the Tijuana Dog, the Ghetto Dog and the Dog Dog — you know, the mayo-slathered, chile-sluiced, grilled onion–smothered bacon-wrapped wonders bought from bootleg griddle masters outside Staples Center after a Lakers game or on Hollywood Boulevard after the clubs close. Those dogs, as the saying goes, are so good they're illegal: Cops tend to impound the griddles on the spot, and the dash of illicitness (or is it salmonella?) seems to add a certain flavor to the meat. You could take your chances on a cart downtown, where your entrée may come with a side of handcuffs. Or you could go to Fab, a Reseda joint that actually specializes in a kind of deep-fried New Jersey–style hot dog called the Ripper, but prepares a drippy, spicy, crunchy version of the street dog, served with homemade tater tots instead of a misdemeanor warrant.—Jonathan Gold
My family and I have given Fab Hot Dogs two chances... there will not be a third. Sometimes, Guy is spot-on, sometimes he misses the mark... I am sorry to say this is the latter.
Today I had a Carolina Slaw Dog, sounds great in theory... chili and coleslaw. it was quite a disappointment. The chili and the slaw were both bland and nondescript. I will give the skinny fries some credit, but does that justify an $8.00 hot dog meal?
My advise to you Cali's is to save your money and head to San Diego, for a HoDad's burger... now THIS one Guy hit out of the park!!
I went to Fab's hot dogs today to have the famous LA dog, man what a disappointment, the bun was cold and so was the dog, with canned jalapenos, I have had the street bacon wrapped dog and this is nothing like it, I would rather take my chances with a real street dog, at least a street dog has flavor, something Fab dogs are missing.
Tried the LA dog after flying in from Miami. After almost 5hrs on a plane I was starving. It filled the tummy but wasn't what I call a real LA Dog. But what do you expect in the valley. I might try something else on the menu someday.