Posted by: guythinks | March 2, 2010

The Slaw Dogs

It seems a somewhat new trend has begun. Hot dogs. But not just any ordinary hot dog. I’m talking “gourmet” hot dogs. Some with exotic meats, some with a new twist of toppings and flavors. The newest of these hot dog restaurants is The Slaw Dogs in Pasadena, California.

The Slaw Dogs opened up early February by executive chef/owner Ray Byrne. Ray was previously Managing Partner of The Sunset Restaurant in Malibu and then moved on to becoming General Manager at Il Fornaio before opening up The Slaw Dogs. This isn’t your ordinary hot dog stand with relish, sauerkraut, onions, mustard, and ketchup. Well, you could order that, but why when you can order much more original flavors you’ve never tried before? Accompanying me on this night was my co-worker and fellow foodie Nancy. She brought along her camera and took some great pictures so some of these are hers.

Photo Taken by Nancy Feng

The location is not in the best area of Pasadena, its north of the 210 Fwy on Lake. The place is surrounded my a Middle Eastern restaurant on one side and a Mexican restaurant on the other. In the same little building is Polkatots Cupcakes which won Best Cupcake of LA in last years Cupcake Challenge.

The inside of the place is very simple. A giant chalkboard menu overhead by the counter with a register. The dining area has about 10-15 tables for 2-4 people each. There’s also a counter by the window facing the street.

Photo taken by Nancy Feng

We ordered two dogs. The first was the Market Dog. A seasonally inspired dog made with grilled mint, pickled habanero onions, kumquat chutney, and curry ketchup. The actual dog was a Spicy Polish Sausage. The flavors in this dog all went really well together, the spiciness from the sausage and fro the habanero onions, not to mnetion the curry ketchup was well balanced by the sweetness from the citrusy sweet chutney. The mint also added a really nice fresh herb taste.

To go with the Market Dog we had a basket of their Sweet Potato Fries. Perfectly cooked/fried to a nice crispy texture on the outside but still soft and sweet on the inside.

Our second dog was The Green Monster. From looking at the picture you can probably guess why it’s called that. Not a very attractive looking thing to eat but it sure did taste good. An all beef Vienna sausage with roasted green chili, chipotle mayo, grilled onion, pepperjack cheese, and spicy garlic salsa. You would think there is way too much spice in this dog, but the heat was actually perfect. Not to mention the cheese, although pepperjack, still helped to cool things down a bit.

Photo taken by Nancy Feng

To go with The Green Monster we had a basket of their Belgian fries. Again, perfectly cooked/fried and seasoned with a bit of salt.

This place was very enjoyable and the service was excellent. We got to meet Ray and talk to him a little bit about the place. He was very helpful in explaining everything and helping us choose what to eat.

The Slaw Dogs

720 N. Lake Ave., #8

Pasadena, CA  91104

(626) 808-9777



  1. The market dog sounds like it’s packed with flavor! Great post!

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