Celebrate National Hot Dog Day at These O.C. Restaurants

Photograph Courtesy of Pacific Coast Hot Dogs

Pacific Coast Hot Dogs

Owner Scott Browning used his passion for brats to create Pacific Coast Hot Dogs in 1995. Only using fresh ingredients and all-beef franks. Enjoy a regular hot dog with mustard, ketchup, onion, and relish or a BBQ bacon dog. The menu also includes premium shakes and floats. 3438 East Chapman Ave., Orange, https://pacificcoasthotdogs.com/home



Enjoy a jumbo hot dog, jumbo chili cheese dog, or Polish sausage at Portillo’s. Non-meat eaters can also celebrate here with the plant-based Garden Dog. Standard toppings include relish, mustard, sliced tomatoes, kosher pickles, celery salt, chopped onions, and sport peppers on a steamed poppy seed bun. 8390 La Palma Ave., Buena Park, https://www.portillos.com/index.html



This restaurant serves classic, gourmet, and exotic sausages. Classics include the Smoked Hungarian with pork, paprika, and garlic; gourmet dogs include the Spicy Chicken Mango and four types of vegan sausages; while exotic sausages run the gamut from kangaroo and wild boar to rattlesnake and smoked alligator. This restaurant also has twenty beers on tap. 305 E. 4th St., Santa Ana, https://wursthaussantaana.com/


Cupid’s Hot Dogs

In 2021, the first franchise of the historic Los Angeles restaurant was opened in Orange County, serving the classic Cupid Dog, which has chili, mustard, and onion. Keeping it simple, the menu offers four other franks, including the vegan Beyond Sausage, as well as a make-it-your-way option. 106 N. Harbor Blvd., Fullerton, https://www.cupidsoc.com/


Mustard’s Chicago Style Eatery

Choose from a whopping 11 kinds of Chicago-style hot dogs at this restaurant. The menu includes a classic steamed Chicago dog, Windy City chili dog, Sears Tower, Great Chicago Fire, and more alongside sandwiches, burgers, sides, and, surprisingly, fresh doughnuts. 3630 Katella Ave., Los Alamitos, http://www.mustardhotdog.com/


Crocker’s The Well-Dressed Frank

This family-owned Balboa Island restaurant uses local and housemade ingredients for each dish. The Wild and Wet includes a quarter-pound beef Kosher frankfurter, Vienna beef chili, diced onions, and shredded cheddar cheese on a potato bun. 211 Marine Ave., Newport Beach, https://www.crockersthewelldressedfrank.com/


Umai Savory Hot Dogs

The Kyoto Fire includes batter-fried onions, creamy habanero, jalapenos, Umai teriyaki, furikake, and yum yum sauce. Not in the mood for something spicy? Try the Honolulu Bang Bang with Polish sausage, smoked applewood bacon bits, teriyaki hoisin sauce, diced onions, and glazed pineapple bits. The menu has a wide range of different links from veggie dogs to smoked apple sage sausages. 23622 Rockfield Blvd., Lake Forest, https://umaihotdogs.com/

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