Hail the approach of summer: these four hot dogs have snappy links, squishy buns, and wild condiment combinations like you wouldn’t believe.
The Godzilla from Sumo Dog
Former Morimoto chef Jeffrey Lunak serves amped-up Japanese-American dogs at his cool K-Town shop, including this beast: a foot-long beef frankfurter topped with spicy beef chili, togarashi cheese sauce, spicy mayo, teriyaki sauce, cabbage slaw, and shredded seaweed. 516 S. Western Ave., Koreatown
Big Dog from Freedman’s
A perfect $5 bar snack, the throwback hot dog at Jonah and Amanda Freedman’s new-wave delicatessen consists of a classic red hot squiggled with deli mustard and garnished with chopped onions and pickle chips. The twist? A heavy dusting of the house-made “everything spice,” furikake, on top. 2619 Sunset Blvd., Echo Park
The House Dog from Dirt Dog
Inspired by bacon-wrapped dogs sold from street carts throughout L.A., Dirt Dog near USC elevates the messy late-night favorite with bacon-flavored Thousand Island dressing and green chile spread. A finishing shake of bacon bits lends extra crunch. 2528 S. Figueroa St., University Park
The Eagle Rock from Meea’s
The gourmet dogs at this small family-owned spot impress with creative toppings and soft house-baked rolls. Try the local fave, a Filipino ode garnished with pickled papaya, avocado, mayo, sriracha, and crushed chicharróns. 1740 Colorado Blvd., Eagle Rock
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