In honor of National Hot Dog Day, we have a tip for you Jersey transplants. You can find a ripper in LA. Most of you are probably wondering, “What the hell is a ripper?” A ripper is a hot dog that has been cooked in the deep fryer. The name comes from the splits, or “rips” in the casing of a fried dog bursting at the seams. This cooking method makes for a crisp exterior and juicy interior.
So, where does one find this East coast delicacy? At Fab’s. Not only do they deep-fry the hot dogs, but their dog is “a natural casing beef and pork dog flown in from New Jersey that is especially made for deep frying.” Fab’s has three locations — one in Westwood, Reseda, and Valencia. We like ours smothered in chili, but Fab’s will adorn your meat with the toppings of your choice. Enjoy!
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