Today is National Hot Dog Day & we don't need any more reason than the all-powerful internet bringing this wonderful holiday to our attention for us to join in on the celebration. We followed our noses down Fairfax Blvd. to the Farmer's Market at The Grove to seek out what we've heard to be "one of the best hot dogs in L.A." at the Fritzi Dog hot dog stand.
Your first steps into the market will find you greeted by the "Travel Angel", a statue created by Dean & Laura Larson, molded out of polyester resin & fiberglass over steel as part of a public art project "A Community of Angeles" from back in 2001. We're feeling blessed already.
Quick history lesson: Back in the 1880's, before the infamous "3rd & Fairfax" intersection was thriving in existence, there stood a 256-acre ranch owned by farmer A.F. Gilmore. In 1934 entrepreneurs Fred Beck and Roger Dahlhjelm approached A.F.’s son, Earl Bell Gilmore with the idea of creating a "village" where farmers could sell their produce to the public of the blossoming city. Within months of the Farmer's Market's inception, everyone with products to push swept in to lock down permanent locations & the development of a real market began to ramp up. Anyone who was anyone, from Marilyn Monroe to The Beatles to Dwight Eisenhower (who was the president, by the way), came through the market to show some love. Fast forward several centuries: Today the Farmer's Market serves as one of L.A.'s main attractions, hosting music festivals, auto-shows & all types of visit-worthy events.
The Snappy O'Brien: Smashed tots, grilled peppers, onions, bacon, cheese & a drizzle of ketchup.
Our G Pen Elite was in attendance, amplifying tastebuds as it always does so well.
Chili Cheese Tots: Off the meter?... Off the PLANET.
A feast like this are what dreams are made of. The pinnacle of indulgence.
ATTN Vegetarians: Fritzi has designed a menu to not leave you out in the cold. The Veggie Chili Dog is a carrot slipped in a classic bun, covered with soyrizo (soy chorizo for those who don't speak vegetarian), grilled peppers & onions on top. Savory enough even for those with a taste for animal flesh on their tongues.
10/10 experience overall. Incredible meal in a historic piece of Los Angeles. Couldn't ask for anything more on this special day.