For years, local vendors have been grilling and selling bacon-wrapped hot dogs (AKA “dirty dogs”) on the streets of L.A. They would present themselves in the afternoons, evenings, and late nights; sending aromas of grilled onions, bell peppers, and cured meat; waking up your hunger; calling for your attention. Seriously, a whiff and look at these things will hypnotize you – so don’t be alarm if you suddenly fall victim to it while jogging at Echo Park or after a long night dancing at Create. Because trust me, you are not alone. I lost count of all the times I ate dirty dogs with everything on top- bell peppers, onions, ketchup, mustard, mayonnaise, and a side of jalapeno. “Dirty dogs”, my friend, are the official hot dogs of L.A and it’s about time that there’s a joint to represent it. Thank you, DIRT DOG!
Dirt Dog does a wonderful job in preserving the traditional “dirty dog”, but they do an even better job in elevating it. Instead of the customary condiments, they use house-made sauces such as their very own ketchup (yep, they have their own house-made ketchup!) chimichurri, sesame sweet aioli, chipotle aioli, and more. They also provide three bun options – traditional, Portuguese, and Lobster Roll. To top it off (literally), they add bacon bits on all their “dirty dogs” along with fresh ingredients such as cilantro, diced onions, and a wedge of lime.
Additionally, there are multiple “dirty sides” for your choosing to accompany your “dirty dog” if it’s feeling lonely. Another street goodie, “elote,” is a good choice if you want another taste of Los Angeles. This corn is grilled to perfection and topped with Mexican crema, cotija cheese, chili powder, cilantro, and bacon bits.
And the “dirtiness” does not end there. There are also “dirty desserts” to fill the remaining space in your belly. The Horchata Ice Cream is a must try as it comes with a churro that is heavy coated in cinnamon and sugar.
There is no food that says “Los Angeles” better than Dirt Dog does. It is the home of the official hot dogs of L.A. People travel near and far just to take a bite of this. Their most popular items are: the House Dog, the Green Dog, Dirty Fries, and Horchata Ice Cream.
My favorite “dirty dog” is the Patty Melt from their secret menu- topped with chipotle aioli and fries. You can read my Yelp Review on Dirt Dog by clicking here and to stay current on my whereabouts, follow me on Instagram and on Facebook.
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Spotlight: Dirt Dog, Los Angeles
Address: 2528 S Figueroa St, Los Angeles, CA 90007