When you walk along the streets of downtown Los Angeles, you’re bound to see food carts on the street selling fruit, tacos, and of course, hot dogs. Dirt Dog Los Angeles
Dirt Dog LA brings these street cart dogs to a whole new level. Timothy Cam, the founder and CEO of Dirt Dog, created the name “dirt dog” because of an incident that occurred during his childhood. Because Tim’s parents worked in downtown Los Angeles, he was always wandering along those streets. One day, he noticed a woman grilling and selling hot dogs on a cart she made out of a grocery cart. His mom would never let him buy one of these hotdogs because she told him that there were cars and people constantly passing by the cart, driving dirt up into the cart. However, one day, Timothy bought one of these hot dogs without his mom knowing. He was shocked at how amazing it tasted. Afterwards, he kept getting these hot dogs. So, his mom kept telling him to stop “eating dirt.”
This was the moment that sparked his dream. Timothy wanted to expand on this idea and show locals how delicious and simple street food was in an area where sanitation wouldn’t be a question.
This hotdog is your amped up version of your typical mustard/ketchup dog. It is wrapped in bacon, covered in Thousand Island dressing, onions, mayo, ketchup, and mustard with a toasted bun from Melrose Bakery.
This hotdog is wrapped in bacon, topped with grilled green peppers & onions, cilantro, Chimichurri sauce, guacamole spread, and a lime. These fresh ingredients perfectly blend mild and zesty flavors, which leave your taste buds craving for more.
This is Dirt Dog’s version of an elote. SO GOOD 😛
The corn is grilled and topped with Mexican crema, cotija cheese, cilantro, chili powder, bacon bits, and a lime. These toppings make the corn to die for!
I was already so full at this point so I didn’t think I had room for dessert. I had one bite of this ice cream, and I couldn’t stop. The crunchy and soft textures of this dessert was key. It was the perfect blend of sugar, cinnamon, and nuts!
Because Dirt Dog has made such a name for itself, a map of Southern California is placed inside where people tag how far they had traveled to come here. The area of people coming from other parts of the United States is filling up as well.
Dirt Dog is definitely living up to its name being a part of downtown Los Angeles culture.
Location: 2528 S Figueroa St, Los Angeles, CA 90007
Hours: Mon-Wed (10:30 am- 10:00 pm), Thurs- Sun (10:30 am- 11:00 pm)
ALL PHOTOS BY DAVE ALLEN