Sunday, January 31, 2010

The Infield Hot Dog Stand


The Infield Hot Dog Stand
14333 Ventura Blvd
Sherman Oaks
818-501-1850

With about 70 days until Opening Day, I wanted to get back that baseball feeling. The rush of going to a game and seeing that beautiful green field for the first time. Eating hot dogs at the game. Why do hot dogs taste better at baseball games?

So I found The Infield Hot Dog Stand in Sherman Oaks. This used to be a pastrami place, called The Dip. I thought about having a dip but I came out here for the hot dogs and got a hot dog.

There is only patio seating. What great patio seating it is. The seats are actual seats from older stadiums.



Dodger Stadium seats, from the blue reserved level.



Exhibition Stadium seats, former home of the Toronto Blue Jays.



Tiger Stadium seats, former home of the Detroit Tigers.



Sandy Koufax dog, $4, with regular mustard and raw onions. The hot dog is a 1/4 lb kosher, Hebrew National hot dog. Why is it named Sandy Koufax dog? Sandy Koufax is a legend and happens to be Jewish. Seriously, if you don't know who Sandy Koufax is, please do not read my blog.

I love Hebrew National hot dogs, they don't have a snap because there are no casing, but they use quality meats and seasonings. The hot dog was steamed and tasted great. The onions were so fresh, just awesome. They could have put a little more mustard but overall it was good.

October 6, 2010 will mark the 45th anniversary of Sandy Koufax, refusing to pitch in Game 1 of the 1965 World Series. Koufax took this stance, because Oct. 6, 1965, fell on Yom Kippur, the holiest day of the year for Jews. Koufax who was already revered, became a LA icon. If there was a Mt. Rushmmore for LA athletes, Sandy Koufax would be one of the four athletes picked. Magic Johnson, Jerry West, and Elgin Baylor would be the other three athletes on my Mt. Rushmore. I can't believe there are some younger Jewish kids in LA, who do NOT know who Sandy Koufax is!!!!!!! Rabbis need to teach these kids about the legend; Sandy Koufax.



The New Yorker, $3, with regular mustard, red onion sauce on a Sabrett hot dog. I liked the hot dog but they put a ton of red onion sauce that just overwhelmed the hot dog. The red onion sauce was sweet with a little hint of spice, served hot. They could have cut the amount of sauce in half and it would have been great. Sabrett hot dogs to me has a more mild seasoning than other hot dog, no casing, so no snap.

Service was good. The guys taking orders are nice and friendly and helpful. I would go back to The Infield Hot Dog Stand. Monday nights, is 50 cent Dodger Dogs. I hate Dodger Dogs but at 50 cents, that's not a bad deal. I would like to try the pastrami sandwich.