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Famous LA hot-dog eateries to get competition

May 4, 2011 12:03:40 AM PDT
If there's one thing Los Angeles digs, it's dogs - hot dogs. But L.A.'s most popular hot-dog hot spots are about to face some competition.

The most popular hot dogs in Hollywood for more than seven decades has been Pink's, and its long lines are a testament to that.

"We sell about 2,000 dogs a day at Pink's, so that tells you how much people love hot dogs," said Richard Pink, co-owner of Pink's Hot Dogs.

Carney's Express Limited, the eatery in the railroad cars on Sunset Boulevard, is another popular hot-dog business. They've been dishing out dogs for more than 35 years.

"We serve an all-beef, natural-casing, very high-end hot dog that actually snaps when you bite into it," said Bill Wolfe, a Carney's employee.

But the old-school joints will soon find themselves in the middle of a dog fight. A number of new weiner companies are looking to take a bite out of L.A.'s hot dog market.

Coney Dogs, a Detroit-style hot-dog place, is set to open this spring, and it's in a prime location - right across from the Whiskey A Go Go on Sunset Boulevard.

Papaya King from New York City is also set to open a West Coast location in Hollywood on May 18. Right now, Papaya King does business from a mobile food truck.

"Julia Child called Papaya King the best hot dog in New York City," said John Koloski, a Papaya King employee.

From Dodger Dogs to bacon-wrapped Farmer John hot dogs, there's even more competition. But L.A.'s classic sausage kings say they relish the challenge.

"I think there's over $100 million in hot dog sales in Los Angeles alone, so I don't blame people for wanting to have a piece this action," said Pink.