Now each ingredient may not be topnotch, but when brought together, the Oki-Dog is a tasty hot mess of a burrito, and not for the faint of palate. Oozing hot cheese and chili with each bite, the two grilled hot dogs have a welcome thin-skinned snap and the thick-sliced pastrami brings it over-the-top with peppery, corned beef cured flavor.
The ingredients are fried on a flat top stove. There are heating bins that hold boiled hot dogs and chili. The Oki-Dog is a 2 tiered construction. In the outer tortilla fold is a wiener and all the pastrami.
The center of the burrito is stuffed with chili, cheese, and another wiener. I haven't had the appetite to try an Oki-Bomb (sauerkraut, pickles, and onions are added) but can only imagine how huge that would be.
It really shouldn't work but it does. For just under 4 bucks, it's a substantial meal. If you can finish one with an order of fries, you are one hearty eater or a teenager. My own wolfing-it-all-down days are over, so half of an Oki-Dog is just about right for me - that's no problem, as this veggieless entree heats up perfectly in a microwave for a second go-round.
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Boys Town, Oki-Dog was the place to be and be seen by LA's punk rockers in the late 1970's (wild blog article of those heady days here.) Hundreds of mohawk wearing, dyed or shaved-headed, studded, safety-pinned, and ripped fishnet stocking wearing kids would pack the joint at all hours of the night and early morning after punk rock shows. It's rumored to be the last place Darby Crash from the Germs hung out before he died - from the needle, not indigestion. A cool travel guide of the punk rock scene in LA is here.
But don't let it's history scare you off. The look of the place may be run-down, although I just consider it eccentric. All four walls are covered with enough flotsam and jetsam to fill a flea market, and the hand-lettered menu specials would make graphic designer and typographer Stefan Sagmeister envious. The clientele is all over the place, from high schoolers to too hip tourists, plus neighborhood old-timers playing video games. Oki-Dog could fit as a denizens hangout from a novel by beatnik writer William Burroughs.
So what is The 99 Cent Chef's Cheap$kate Dining rating of 1 to 9, 9 being best for LA's famous Oki-Dog? Well, just check out my video below to find out. And be sure to stick around for the outrageous ending that features a 24 foot tall "Bad Dog" sculpture by Richard Jackson!
World Famous Oki-Dog - VIDEO
Play it here, video runs 4 minutes, 19 seconds.
My YouTube video link for viewing or embedding, just click here.
And 99 thanks to Drew Redford for shooting the Chef.
860 N. Fairfax Av.
Los Angeles, Ca. 90046
Phone: 323) 655-4166
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