Slaw Dog (Pasadena, CA)

The O.G. Thai Slaw Dog

The O.G. Thai Slaw Dog put Slaw Dog, a hot dog restaurant located in Pasadena, on the food scene in So Cal. The Food Network chimed in with a segment. The menu strikes you with this: choices, choices, choices. Not only is the standard list extensive, but you can even create your own from a staggering list of not only wieners, sauces and veggie toppings, but also other kinds of meat, cheeses, even kimchi.

The Thai dog consists of a split chicken sausage topped with a satay dressing, peanuts, sriracha aioli and a slaw (cabbage, carrots and cilantro). Pricey as it is at $6.59, it isn’t the most expensive. That honor goes to the TNT Super Dog (from their menu: “12-inch rippered dog, chili, cheese, bacon, pastrami, fries, grilled onion, wrapped in giant tortilla, fried egg upon request”) at $8.88. The Thai dog arrived so smothered with toppings that I had to eat it with a fork and knife. For such a resplendent creation, it wasn’t possible to judge it as a hot dog where the flavor of the wiener should be predominant, with condiments that support, not compete. I barely tasted the sausage.

Are we genuflecting before the gods of excess? When is too much, too much?

My advice? If you come here, keep it simple. Give me a Costco hot dog any day, with deli mustard, a small squeeze of relish, and minced onions. Plus I’d save $5.

Slaw Dog
720 North Lake Ave. #8
Pasadena, CA 91104
Also locations in Woodland Hills and Duarte

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