Foodie Sunday: Hot Dogs
Well, we had after some chill and our first torrential rainstorm (for LA) an absolutely perfect day. High in the low 70's which meant that in the shade there was a bit of a chill. I met my BFF Lynn for lunch as I usually do on Saturday at a local Chinese food place that has great food on the cheap in a strip mall (on the Southwest side of 3rd and La Cienega if you're hungry..) made me remember what I really wanted.
A hot dog.
Specifically, one from Tale 'O the Pup. Tale 'O was a was one of the last remaining examples of "programmatic architecture" left in LA, where the building embodied the purpose of it's function. In the past Tamale stands would be tamale-shaped, places selling milk would be shaped like a jug. Tail 'O was one of the last hold outs, a fixture for years on La Cienega and Beverly (featured in "Body Double" and "Ruthless People") which moved a block away to San Vicente and Beverly when the Hotel Sofitel was constructed on the site. It was there at this site for years more (featured in "L.A. Story") before they lost the lease on the site and the hot-dog shaped part of the building was put into storage awaiting another location. One that hasn't been found for years.
I miss those hot dogs.
They had the best quality kosher dogs that had great taste with a great bite of that casing and had wonderful fries, onion rings and refills on my Diet Coke. I used to get the extreme with onions, covered with chili and cheese. I want one right now.
I also had the greatest star sighting I've had in my life and one that I was hoping that my BFF, who is always late would make it in time to see and didn't: Ella Fiztgerald lifting her veil to enjoy a hot dog while the Chauffeur waited by the Mercedes Landaulette. Seeing Garbo in New York wasn't as great. Garbo wasn't eating.
Now I want a hot dog. What's your favorite?