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.
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