Let’s be frank, most kids love hot dogs, sausages, wieners, franks or whatever you like to call them and for parents on the go they can be a life saver. No matter the case, if your kids like their dogs with meat or without, Los Angeles has got you covered. Unleash your taste buds on a tasty dog and relish your good fortune because there’s a top dog in your family’s future. Don’t forget to make them extra dog gone good by loading up on amazing toppings. If you like your franks with flair we’ll get you there!
Let’s Be Frank
Looking for a feel good frankfurter? This new LA favorite has taken the local dog scene by storm. The Let’s Be Frank Trailer sits right in the heart of Culver City, nestled in between some of the best designer furniture shopping in LA. You’ll love this quick stop in between shops, which offers parents the perfect pick me up for a much needed pit stop. Step right up to the window and place your order for one of their grass fed, hormone and nitrate free or vegetarian dogs and sausages. Ask for grilled onions if you really want to kick it up a notch. Then grab a seat on one of the benches right outside before you head off to the next shop. It’s simple, quick and good, what more can parents ask for? Well, perhaps another one…
Helms Ave (between Washington Blvd & Venice Blvd)
Culver City, Ca 90034
Searching for a dog downtown? This fun and lively eatery has definitely earned its place as one of Los Angeles’ best of the wurst. Smack dab in the center of the Historic Arts District this grilling gastro pub has excellent exotic sausages, authentic Belgian fries and beers of all kinds. If your kids crave classic, gourmet or vegetarian, no worries they have it all. Wurstkuche cooks up sausage combos that are truly unique, such as the apricot ginger with chicken and turkey in a lamb casing sausage. Feeling adventurous? Try one of their rattlesnake and rabbit with jalapeno pepper sausages if you dare! No time to hang out? You can even pick up some sausages on your way home and grill them yourself. Why not grab a cold one on tap while you wait? Let us guess – you’ve earned it!
800 E 3rd Street
Los Angeles, Ca 90013
Pink’s famous hot dogs are nothing short of legendary. This wiener wonderland is an institution in Los Angeles dating back to 1939 near the corner of Melrose and La Brea. Be prepared to stand in line at this favorite Hollywood hot dog stand while legions of fans and celebrities (check out their Wall of Fame) will be eagerly waiting for their famous fix. While you and your kiddos wait your turn, you can take your time choosing your delectable dog from the massive menu. No doubt you and your kids will change your mind several times over before you’re up. The choice can be daunting, choose from chili, polish, spicy, coleslaw, nacho cheese dogs etc. Even better, try one of their specials ranging from the the poli-bacon burrito dog to the pastrami rueben dog. But, if you really want a special dog, go for one of their Super Specials like the Three Dog Night or the L.A. Philharmonic Conductor Gustavo Dudamel Dog! Phew – that’s a mouth full! There are also tons of sensational side orders to accompany your legendary dog but again, you’ll have to make up your mind…
709 N. La Brea Avenue
Los Angeles, Ca 90039
Take a stand at this early century reminiscent diner and demand the finest frankfurters your family can find. The Stand serves up hot dogs and sausages of all varieties as well as other classic American fare. You can create your own or go for a stand classic and load up with heaps of homemade toppings like grilled peppers, corn salsa, bacon, garlic mushrooms and all the condiments your kiddos crave. These all beef dogs, either steamed or grilled, are guaranteed to thrill your mini-me’s. Stand outs include: The Big Red Chili Dog, Big Bleu Dog and the Chicago Dog. So go for The Stand if you want quality and variety in a fun family atmosphere. Check out one of their many locations.
1116 Westwood Blvd
Los Angeles, Ca 90024
2000 Avenue of the Stars
Los Angeles, Ca 90067
Carnivorous kids love Carney’s at first sight and that’s half the battle right? This popular L.A. landmark is eye catching to say the least. The restaurant is housed in an old Pacific Railroad train car and has been located right on the Sunset Strip since 1975. So hop on the tantalizing train for a decadent dog with your little adventurers. Try their Spicy Style which is split and grilled, served with sauerkraut, chili peppers and grilled onions and wash it down with a cool vanilla shake. They now have a second location in Studio City.
8351 West Sunset Blvd
Los Angeles, Ca 90069
12601 Ventura Blvd
Studio City, Ca 91604
Try this new minimalistic Silverlake spot, which serves up authentic Berlin currywurst style street food. Choose your meat, desired heat, sauce flavor and you’re good to go. Berlin Currywurst’s organic hand cut fries and crispy German bread is the perfect match to this tasty and quick meal at this friendly new neighborhood joint.
Weiner takes all at this beloved New York hot dog staple. They have now opened their first West Coast branch in Hollywood, much to a New York transplant’s delight. Once you’ve tried these original dogs there’s no dispute West Coasters will love them too. Make sure you and your kids not only enjoy their special recipe franks but also sample their tasty tropical drinks.
– Jessica Jones