The hot dog has gone through something of a revitalization in L.A. with the new German sausage joints, currywurst, and gourmet sausages stands. However, it's tough to improve on a simple hot dog. These places serve new versions of old favorites or traditional style hotdogs.
It doesn't get better than this: a Dodger Dog and a beer while catching a game! I always opt for the All Beef Dodger Dogs. For a Mexican spin, try the Doyer Dog (with cheese and jalapeños).
Just like Pink's, Tommy's has its detractors, but Angelenos of all ethnicities have been bonding over chili dogs at the Original Tommy's for decades. They're open 24 hours.
Carney's is a burger and hotdog joint inside a train car on the Sunset Strip. Their hotdogs are always good. My favorite is the Red Baron with red cabbage.
Haters gonna hate, but there's a reason why Pink's is an institution in L.A. I would recommend keeping it simple and stick a basic hot dog or a chili dog. If you're feeling really adventurous you can try the pastrami dog burrito.
Jeff's Gourmet serves kosher gourmet sausages. You can't go wrong with any of the items on the menu but I recommend the mergez and the chicken cilantro sausages. There's a nice community feel.
Although Golden State is known for its burgers, the hot dogs are a real find here. They serve Let's Be Frank Dogs. Golden State also serves craft beers and Scoops ice cream.
What a great addition to an already thriving Atwater Village neighborhood. Craft beer, sausages, and burgers is what Link N Hops serves proudly. The links are bold and flavorful and served on a toasted Mexican bolillo. Wash it all down with La Chouffe Belgian Strong Ale.
Currywurst in L.A. is a strange concept to me (cutting up a hotdog and serving it in spicy curry ketchup) but the food is delicious and addictive. They now serve beer which makes this Silverlake joint much more inviting.
Wurstkuche (pronounced "VURST koo kah") serves a variety of traditional, gourmet, and veggie sausages on a bun. For the spiciest hot dog you'll ever eat try the Louisiana Hot Link with spicy peppers, chipotle ketchup, and spicy mustard. Then wash it down with a cold Saint Feuillien farm house ale or any of their impressive German and Belgian beers on tap. If you're feeling adventurous try the crocodile and pork sausage or the rabbit and veal sausage.
Brought to you by Neal Fraser of BLD and formerly of Grace, Fritzi Dog is a little stand in the farmer's market that serves up gourmet hot dogs. You can mix and match your toppings, sausages, and breads. I always get the pretzel bread and the spicy peppers. Also try the tater tots.