Bite into these ‘top dogs’ of Venice

Destination Dining

August 4, 2019

Story By: Elima Pangorang |

Hot dogs are a classic American favorite, and when the sun is out and the waves are choice it seems that a big juicy hot dog does just the trick to satiate appetites, especially on a nice summer day. When you find yourself sticking your toes in the warm sands of Venice Beach, be sure to check out these joints to get your hands on a slew of unique sausages — do you dare to bite into a snake sausage?

1. Jody Maroni’s
Sausage Kingdom

2011 Ocean Front Walk, Venice

What better way to start off this tasty journey than with a store that has it all right in its name? Jody Maroni’s Sausage Kingdom serves up hot dogs in more than one way, including in the traditional hot dog buns and, more popularly, as gourmet sausage sandwiches. The sausages are made by Jody himself who combines the finest cuts of meat and poultry with wines, cheeses, fruits, vegetables and spices. The shop is known for using all-natural ingredients from homemade recipes in a natural pork casing. While there are a number of flavors to enjoy, two favorites include a kick of spice with the Louisiana Hot Link (combining rice, cayenne and green onions), or with Chicken Andouille mixed with Cajun spices. Photo courtesy Jody Maroni’s Sausage Kingdom

2. Humble Potato
12608 Washington Blvd., No. B

This boutique neighborhood eatery is beloved for its American comfort food with Japanese twists — and this includes its Asian-inspired dogs. Hawaii residents will surely enjoy the Katsu Doggu (think chicken katsu, but hot dog). The panko-crusted beef frank is stacked with house-made Japanese curry, yuzu-jalapeno slaw and fried egg. For another taste of an Asian dog, try out the Little Tokyo Doggu, which is a take on the Los Angeles bacon dog one would find at street carts in the busy city. Humble Potato’s version is made with caramelized onions, house-made spicy sauce, shichimi toragashi and soy-pickled jalapeno. Humble Potato is also popular for its burgers, sandwiches and rice meals. Its second location in L.A. recently rebranded to The Most Valuable Playa, which just had its soft opening last week on Aug. 1. Photo courtesy Humble Potato

3. Wurstkuche
625 Lincoln Blvd., Venice
213-687-4444 ext. 2

Wurstkuche is a must-try when it comes to Venice foodie explorations. As the “Purveyor of Exotic Grilled Sausage,” diners’ palates will be taken for a trip of their own with exciting sausages like Duck Bacon and Jalapeno; Rattlesnake and Rabbit; Buffalo, Luxardo cherry and mint; plus so much more. In addition to the amped up sausages, there’s nothing quite like a traditional Bratwurst and Wurstkuche is sure to provide more than enough of that as well. In fact, it is the most popular sausage among customers with its fine cuts of heritage Berkshire pork and seasonings that include nutmeg and coriander. The eatery offers a spacious hangout with a contemporary industrial look making it an ideal spot to accompany your sausage of choice with a side of Belgian fries plus spirits, beers and more. Photo courtesy Wurstkuche

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