Fab Hot Dogs: 99 Essential Restaurants 2011
A steaming museum of American wiener culture, Fab Hot Dogs is Joe Fabrocini's and Susie Speck Mayor's lovingly curated shrine to the Hatch chile dogs of New Mexico, the slaw dogs of West Virginia, the northern New Jersey–style Italian hot dog and a close facsimile of the street-cart dogs sold in New York's Central Park — prepared, like almost everything at Fab, with the artisanal, natural-skin, small-production franks Joe imports from New Jersey. Fab even makes a version of the cheesy, bacony Sonora dog, which is the unrequited crush object of generations of Arizona refugees. Fab's actual specialty is a kind of deep-fried, New Jersey–style monstrosity called the Ripper, a frank tossed in the deep fryer until it literally explodes. It is awesome, really, the number of Fab customers who plow through three of them, toss down an order of homemade tater tots, then swagger up to the counter to order three more. 19417 Victory Blvd., Reseda. (818) 344-4336, fabhotdogs.com. Mon.-Sat., 11 a.m.-9 p.m.; Sun., 11 a.m.-8 p.m. No alcohol. Lot parking. AE, MC, V. Hot dogs.
99 Essential L.A. Restaurants 2011:
Church & State
Din Tai Fung
El Huarache Azteca
Euro Pane Bakery
Fab Hot Dogs
Good Girl Dinette
La Casita Mexicana
Lazy Ox Canteen
Meals by Genet
Musso & Frank Grill
Nem Nuong Khanh Hoa
Newport Tan Cang Seafood Restaurant
Night + Market
101 Noodle Express
Palate Food + Wine
Pollos a la Brasa
Sapp Coffee Shop
Son of a Gun
Tacos Baja Ensenada
Waterloo & City
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