The only truely proprietary food of Los Angeles, California. While these
tasty little devils can be found in many major metropolitan areas - especially outside the doors of nightclubs and bars around last call - their immense popularity in Los Angeles (especially various Hollywood
club and bar districts) and the fact that
little deviation from the tried-and-true recipe of hot dog + bacon
wrapped around it + topped with grilled onions/peppers is ever found, nay, tolerated in the streets of Los Angeles, makes them truly a Los Angeles culinary icon.
wrapped hot dog has its roots further south of Los Angeles, namely, Tijuana, Mexico and Baja, California - however, before
it emigrated north of the border the hot dogs had other - may i say - unnecessary additions
to it, i.e. cheese, salsa, olives, and occasionally a mexican "meat" called
south of the border variations also
go by the name "regio" dogs. do not buy or consume these
. you will get AIDS and/or chlymidia.
Los Angeles bacon
wrapped hot dogs however, are completely safe
- though they may be made by unlicensed street
vendors who are in violation of local health codes (and, by the way - officially banned
by the city
and county of Los Angeles), and are often fried on top of cookie
sheets affixed to a burner fueled by a portable propane tank in the open air, so all manner of airborne particles (dirt, smoke, dust, sneeze and cough particulates, rain, and even semen!) are free to land on them - didn't i mention that
they are fried? and anyone who understands science understands that
fire. kills. everything.
all in all, these
LA treats are like
an orgiastic explosion of greasy flavor that
blocks up your arteries
but not your throat. So, if you ever visit the best (and trashiest) city
in America, hit up the Cahuenga Corridor over the weekend
and pound one of these
bad boys down
your greedy little throat - and you'll know
why you came.