Cuisine Scene: Hot Dogs
Summer is a season of maximum joy and appreciation for one of cuisine’s perfect creations: the hot dog. Fully contained, totally mobile, the hot dog is delicious, convenient and imminently customizable. In Long Beach, you’ll find classic dogs, Korean and Chicago dogs, chili, bbq and pastrami dogs. All that and so much more. Hot dog!
VICKY’S DOGHOUSE CAFE
Vicky’s Doghouse Cafe is located on the fantail of the battleship USS Iowa (250 Harbor Blvd.) Named for the ship’s famous dog mascot–Vicky was short for victory–its kitchen serves a variety of innovative hot dog creations including The Destroyer (chili, onions, gourmet cheddar cheese sauce), Chicago Piano (onions, peppers, pickle, relish, celery salt) and Steel Beach BBQ (bacon bits, bourbon BBQ sauce, onion rings) as well as sides, salads, beers and wines.
TUGBOAT PETE’S HOT DOG STAND
Located in Shoreline Village, Tugboat Pete’s Hot Dog Stand (421 Shoreline Village Dr.) looks like–you guessed it–the prow of a landlocked tugboat. From this charming landmark comes a wide selection of classic dogs, as well as some that range from creative to decadent. There are Polish sausages, hot links as well as hot dogs served Chicago style. The boat on the boardwalk also serves such favorites as barbecue beef, burgers and nachos.
DOGZ BAR AND GRILL
This North Long Beach location serves Korean hot dogs, a rather unique entry also as rice dogs. They are rolled in a rice flour batter and deep fried and finished with–wait for it–sugar. Crispy yet chewy, they draw some comparisons with mochi. One Zo/Myungrang Hot Dogs (4501 E. Carson St.) The hot dogs come in multiple variations, the potato hot dog features diced potato on its exterior, while the cheese dog features cheese where a hot dog would traditionally be.