Where to Find a Ripper in LA

The RipperIn 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!

Previously on The Beat:

Wednesday is National Hot Dog Day

Dog Haus Opening in Canoga Park Kicks off National Hot Dog Month

Japadog is Here! In LA!

Dog Haus Opens a Second Location in Pasadena

More Slaw Dogs!


Elise Thompson

About Elise Thompson

Born and raised in the great city of Los Angeles, this food, culture and music-loving punk rock angeleno wants to turn you on to all that is funky, delicious and weird in the city. While Elise holds down the fort, her adventurous alter ego Kiki Maraschino is known to roam the country in search of catfish.
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