49: The Dodger Dog at Dodger Stadium

A Dodger dog
A Dodger dog
A. Scattergood

Leading up to this year's Best of L.A. issue (due out Oct. 4), we'll be counting down, in no particular order, 100 of our favorite dishes.

49: The Dodger Dog at Dodger Stadium.

Are Dodger Dogs the best hot dogs in L.A.? Um, no. Not even remotely close. But often the success of a dish depends more on context than on the specifics of the dish itself. Such is the case with the Dodger Dog, even more so in September, with the team in the thick of the pennant race, when the voice of Vin Scully can create such an overwhelming feeling of happiness and nostalgia that even a mediocre hot dog tastes sublime.

Yes, the Dodgers blew yesterday's game after 12 innings of anesthetizing heat. But instead of focusing on that, or on Clayton Kershaw's hip, or on certain recurrent nightmares featuring Bobby Valentine, let us concentrate instead on the optimism of new ownership and the fact that the playoffs are still vaguely possible. Go to a game (although please do this at night, when the sun doesn't make Chavez Ravine feel like Death Valley), get a hot dog and a beer and shout nice things at Matt Kemp.

Because if you get in the proper spirit, there are few things as pleasant as the snap of a Farmer John hot dog, the punch of mustard and relish and onions, the crinkle of that silver-and-blue paper they wrap the whole thing in. Yeah, yeah, you may think fondly of Pink's or Fab Hot Dogs or not a few others out there in the left field bleachers -- but you'd be missing the point.

Matt Kemp in the outfield
Matt Kemp in the outfield
A. Scattergood

Check out the rest of our 100 of our favorite dishes. Suggestion? Write us a comment.

100: Lukshon's Dan Dan Noodles

99: Cemita de Milanesa at Cemitas Poblanos Elviritas #1

98: Chichen Itza's Cochinita Pibil

97: Tsukemen at Tsujita L.A.

96: La Cevicheria's Bloody Clam Ceviche

95: Duck Shawarma at Momed

94: Peruvian Chicken at Pollo a la Brasa

93: Squash Blossom Quesadilla at Antojitos Carmen

92: Thai Boat Noodles at Pa-Ord

91: Baco Mercat's Bazole

90: Furikake Kettle Corn at A-Frame

89: Live Santa Barbara Spot Prawns at Providence

88: Fried Pig Tails at Night + Market

87: Egg Salad Sandwich at Euro Pane

86: Galbi Jjim at Soban

85: Truffle Honey-Laced Fried Chicken at Manhattan Beach Post

84: Mool Naeng Myun at Yu Chic Naeng Myun

83: Chicken Vampiro at Mexicali Taco & Co

82: Sooo Cali Dog at Dog Haus

81: White Anchovy, Tomato and Fresno Chile Pizza at Pizzeria Mozza

80: Shu Mai at Elite Restaurant

79: Tandoori Chicken at Al-Watan

78: Chocolate Bread and Butter Pudding at The Hungry Cat

77: Agedashi Tofu at Izakaya Bincho

76: Pork Chop at Salt's Cure

75: Porcetto at Sotto

74: The Sea Urchin Tostada at La Guerrerense

73: Wood-Roasted English Peas at Tar & Roses

72: Persian Mulberries at Weiser Family Farms

71: Hunan-Style Preserved Pork with Tofu at Hunan Chilli King

70: Brisket Banh Mi at Gjelina Take Away

69: Yukhwe Bibimbap at Oo-Kook Korean BBQ

68: Lamb Pie at Beijing Pie House

67: Son of a Gun's Uni and Burrata

66: Pastrami Reuben at Art's Delicatessen

65: Beef Koobideh at Kabab Mahaleh

64: The Whipper Burger at Hawkins House of Burgers

63: Slippery Shrimp at Yang Chow

62: Whole Channel Island Red Sea Urchin at Water Grill

61: Going Dutch Panini at Bread Lounge

60: Huckleberry's Green Eggs & Ham

59: Pickled Watermelon Salad at L&E Oyster Bar

58: Spaghettini with Abalone, Pickled Cod Roe and Truffles at n/naka

57: Brown Brown Bread Ice Cream at Scoops Westside

56: Smothered Chicken at R and R Soul Food

55: Duck Fried Rice at Jar

54: Taco Sampler at Guisados

53: The Sycamore Kitchen's Double BLT-A Sandwich

52: House Wonton Soup at China Café

51: Almond Croissant at Proof Bakery

50: The Southern Fry at Plan Check Kitchen + Bar

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