Burger King announced over the weekend (with the help of Snoop Dogg) that the company plans to roll out a line of hot dogs at the end of this month. In more than 60 years of grilling, the home of the Whopper has never sold frankfurters, but plenty of other L.A. fast food giants started that way. Before the city had food trucks specializing in esoteric wieners from Guatemala and Japan or inspired by horror movies, we had Carl’s Jr., Tommy’s, and Der Wienerschnitzel which all launched with hot dogs on the menu. Plenty of great vintage stands remain scattered along the vast highways of Los Angeles. Here are ten favorites to visit the next time you’re bored of burgers or are just looking for an adorable neon weenie dog to Instagram.
Art’s Famous Chili Dogs
1410 W Florence Ave., Los Angeles
Art Ellkind claimed to have invented the chili dog at the corner of Florence and Normandie in 1939. The tiny stand closes just before sunset so get there early.
8351 W Sunset Blvd., Los Angeles
John and Pat Wolfe moved two Union Pacific railroad cars to the Sunset Strip in 1975 and converted them into a sit-down home for hot dogs. A few years later they did it again, opening a second location on Ventura Blvd.
Chroni’s Famous Sandwich Shop
5825 Whittier Blvd., Los Angeles
Chroni’s dogs have bite, as does the tiny pup on the neon sign that sports a tiny neon tail that wags furiously through the night.
20030 Vanowen St., Canoga Park
This third-generation family business celebrates their 70th anniversary this year. The oldest of their three locations is in Canoga Park.
Hot Dog on a Stick
1633 Ocean Front Walk, Santa Monica
Dave Barham began selling corn dogs on Santa Monica beach in 1946. The company has plans to demolish the original location, so go enjoy it while you still can.
Larry’s Chili Dog
3122 W Burbank Blvd., Burbank
Now that the colorful canine from Papoo’s Hot Dog Show has retired to the Museum of Neon Art, the award for best dachshund hot dog mascot goes to Larry’s in Burbank where the neon dog has been reclining in a bun since 1952.
709 N. La Brea Ave., Los Angeles
Pink’s has been selling wieners at La Brea and Melrose 24 hours a day for almost 80 years and have become the gold standard for line-waiting in Los Angeles.
860 N Fairfax Ave., Los Angeles
The punk rock new wave hangout of choice in 1980s Hollywood was the original Oki Dog on Santa Monica Boulevard. The two remaining locations are filled with greasy character.
2575 Beverly Blvd., Los Angeles
The little shack that Tommy Koulax built in 1946 has grown to 33 locations, but the original all-night location still churns out that signature chili, burgers, and fries.
7716 Eastern Ave., Bell Gardens
Another memorable mascot (a running wiener) graces this circa 1965 drive-thru which shares space with Taco Quickie, another frozen in time restaurant where nothing on the menu is more than two dollars.