As you’re probably aware, Thursday was National Hot Dog Day. Whether your calendar was marked with a red “x” or you received a notification from your smartphone, no doubt you celebrated what is, impossibly, still not an officially observed holiday. If for some reason, though one struggles to imagine what that reason might be, you neglected your patriotic duty to eat a weiner, fear not, for the entirety of July is National Hot Dog Month.
Naturally, I’m proud to announce I did my dog duty, serving on the front lines of frankfurter central. I’m speaking of course of Fritzi Dog, nestled inside The Original Farmers Market. For you see, not all weiners are created equal. The devil, you say! It’s true. And if you thought this space was going to be free of low-hanging phallic fruit, I’m sorry but the topic’s too ripe to resist. As I was saying, Fritzi Dog is not just your average hot dog stand. Oh contraire; as a matter of fact, it is the creation of renowned Chef Neal Fraser, who you might know from the boob tube (low-hanging mammarian fruit?). Fraser’s franks are prime cuts free of antibiotics and nitrates and derive from animals raised in a humane manner on genteel farms where life moves a little slower and hard work is revered as a virtue. He makes the buns, toppings and sauces from scratch, too, just like your grandmother does/should (or did/should’ve — condolences).
Allow me to share with you descriptions of but four of the chef’s most beloved creations:
- There’s the locally inspired L.A. Street Dog, which obviously includes bacon and is topped with onions, mayo, ketchup and jalapeños. To get the full effect, you might want to enjoy on the sidewalk of Beverly Boulevard in full view of hungry onlookers.
- Next, there’s the Garlic Dog served on a pretzel bun and loaded with garlic aioli and crispy onions ideally suited to the long-time married and the serially undateable.
- For the ulcer-free, there’s the heartburn-flouting Four-Alarm Dog with jalapeño relish, sriracha ketchup and spicy hot mustard. And here’s a piece of unsolicited etiquette advice: Don’t wipe your runny nose on your sleeve; instead, use a napkin so as not to put your fellow diners off their appetites.
- Finally, for the vegetarian in your life, there’s the Carrot Dog served sous vide in no less than 26 spices alongside crispy Brussels sprouts and a parsley gremolata. And yes, those carrots were raised on the same aforementioned farm, where children still respect their parents and overalls are worn pragmatically.
Fritzi Dog at The Original Farmer’s Market at The Grove
6333 W 3rd St Stall 742
Los Angeles, CA 90036
Scott Bridges is an L.A.-based journalist who has worked as a police-beat reporter, a community newspaper editor, and a food and travel writer. He currently works as a freelance writer, contributing to The Huffington Post and Bizjournals.com, among other sites. He is a native Californian who lives on the Westside.