I grew up going to Pink’s Hot Dogs. It was always worth waiting in the line that wrapped around the building. It was an experience to choose from their unique combinations and to hear the waitresses rattle off the orders by memory.
However, it is down in Hollywood and not always convenient to get to. But Vicious Dogs is only five minutes away from where I work.
So I jumped on the chance to try Vicious Dogs today.
I beat the lunch rush so I had the place to myself for a few minutes. The walls of the tiny hot dog joint are covered with eccentric art and the smell of veggies grilling and pastrami searing greets you. Yes, you heard that correctly. You can get seared pastrami on your dog.
The friendly staff shared with me their most popular items. One of those is their “Hot Chick” dog. This distinctive dog is wrapped in bacon and topped with chopped chicken tenders, hot sauce, and ranch dressing.
I opted for the “I Love New York” polish sausage. This hot dog was a juicy, slight spicy mouthful. Covered with grilled onions, pan fried tomatoes, and ranch dressing, it was the perfect combination of flavors.
I washed it down with a half order of their seasoned fries. They were perfectly crispy on the outside and soft on the inside with just the right amount of seasoning. And at only $2.50 for a half order, the fries are a must.
But what I was most impressed by was seeing the owner there working alongside the staff. He was working hard cleaning, taking people’s orders, and greeting customers by name. It added an element of neighborliness.
If you are in the area, I highly recommend that you stop by Vicious Dogs. It is definitely a highlight of the NoHo Arts District. With its offbeat menu and personable staff, it has become a favorite with the locals.
And don’t tell Pink’s, but I think it just might be better!