Wurstkuche VS Slaw Dogs

I checked out the new Slaw Dogs in Pasadena on Sunday for lunch. Years ago, I fell in love with the classic Chicago dog and have been hunting for one in LA ever since. Yes, I know it’s hard to find something like that in LA but I’ve come close with Fab Hot Dogs and Vicious Dogs.

In the meantime, I love sausage just a bit more than hot dogs. How can you not with their wonderful snap and usually needing nothing more than a squeeze of grainy brown mustard, grilled onions and sauerkraut? I find Wurstkuche in Downtown to be very good. I do like Brats Brothers in the Valley as well but the atmosphere is much to be desired (plus they don’t have beer which is just wrong for a sausage joint).

Reuben dog

At Slaw Dogs, I tried to create a Chicago dog (all beef hot dog in a poppy-seed bun topped with mustard, onion, sweet pickle relish, tomato, sport peppers, celery salt and served with a pickle). But since they only provide up to 3 regular toppings for free, I didn’t think it was worth $.39 for each additional topping. So I went with the Reuben dog from their specialties. The dog is sliced in half and stuffed into a pastrami Reuben sandwich. Rather ingenious.

Thai Slaw Dog

Next time I’m at Slaw Dogs, I’m getting the Thai Slaw dog which was topped with a wonderfully fresh slaw.

TNT dog

The most expensive dog on the menu is the TNT which many enjoyed but it was maybe just a tad too much for me with 2 dogs and chili cheese fries, pastrami, bacon, fried egg wrapped up in a tortilla.

Or next time I will try to create something from the menu as I did last night at Wurstkuche.

bratwurst with grilled onions and sauerkraut

I don’t know how the sauerkraut is so good. It’s not “wet” at all so I don’t think they grab it out of a jar to dump onto your sausage. This sausage is deceptively simple but  has so much flavor. The sausage bursts with juice and before I knew it, I was finished. But hey, I was prepared for that and got another.

Austin Blues

While in line, I chatted with a Wurstkuche worker who recommended grilled onions and sweet peppers to go with this porky sausage. It was indeed very good.

Belgian fries at Wurstkuche

The fries are probably the most addicting fries. These are classic Belgian fries. With a large, you get a choice of two dipping sauces. I love the bleu cheese bacon and the Thai is pretty awesome as well.

It made me wish Slaw Dogs’ Belgian fries were as good.

Belgian fries at Slaw Dogs

As you can see they look nothing like Wurstkuche’s which even cold looked inviting and delicious.

But really, how can you compare the two? I’ll probably go to Slaw Dogs just as often as Wurstkuche but for entirely different reasons. Wurstkuche is a great evening hang-out place serving a huge list of beers. Slaw Dogs would be my lunch joint.

Check out what the UncouthGourmands thought of Slaw Dogs here!