Ten Great Hot Dogs In Orange County
7. The Viking Truck
What do you get when a lutefiskano--a half-Mexican, half-Norwegian chef--opens a hot dog truck? Tube steaks that are surprisingly like the post-clubbing food of most of Scandinavia. Ham and cheese on your hot dog? Sure, why not? How about the Odin, with sweet pickled red cabbage, sauerkraut, cheese, bacon, mustard and ketchup? Where most people would eat two normal hot dogs, these are like Thor's Hammer: one will knock you out.
Parks throughout Orange County; 714-369-9800; thevikingtruck.com.
6. Jerry's Woodfired Dogs
Jerry's Woodfired is the Chipotle of hot dogs. You order the dog you want and it's cooked on a griddle over burning wood. When your number is called, you move down the line and specify your toppings for them. Goopy sauces first, then crumbly toppings, then chili if you want it, then anything sprinkled or squirted on top. PRO TIP: Don't wear a white shirt here.
2276 E. 17th St., Santa Ana; 714-245-0200; jerrysdogs.com.
1360 S. Beach Blvd. #C, La Habra; 562-697-4644.
1701 Corporate Dr. #CB, Ladera Ranch; 949-364-7080.
13786-C Jamboree Rd., Irvine; 714-665-1480.
Orange County's analogue to Vancouver's famous Japadog carts is a bright green truck that sells dogs on curiously partitioned slider rolls with all sorts of Japanese and American toppings on top, from bacon to Kewpie mayonnaise to furikake. There's a reason the lines are long--and not just because this is one of the few trucks to serve the eastern inland parts of OC.
Parks throughout Orange County; 714-805-8857; dogzillahotdogs.com.
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W 4th St. at Broadway, Santa Ana; no phone number; no website.
25522 Marguerite Parkway, Mission Viejo, CA