From left, brothers Kevin, 15, and Gino Sweet 19, of Culver City, Calif., eat hot dogs during the Los Angeles Dodgers' game against the Milwaukee Brewers at Dodger Stadium, in Los Angeles.
Los Angeles is celebrating an exciting win last night for the Dodgers, who beat the Atlanta Braves 4 to 3. The team seems to be on a winning streak, and now fans can look forward to watching the team play in the National League Championship Series.
The iconic Dodger Dog, however, has recently come under the scrutiny of L.A.'s most culinarily opinionated critics. L.A. Times food writer Chris Erskine recently wrote a piece calling for a serious upgrade to the "bland" dog that currently bears the Dodger name.
On one side were people who crave something more than just the same old steamed or grilled hot dog and traditional condiments. On the other, those who can't deny the nostalgic appeal to the game day snack that hasn't changed much since the 1970s.
"I'd say 90 percent of our readers that rode in said that they were disappointed with the Dog," said LA Times food blogger, Jenn Harris. "Our columnist Chris compared it to what a dog would taste like if McDonalds served a dog. We had a couple of readers write in saying they were fans of it, but most of the comments said it really needed a revamp."
While the old-fashioned Dodger Dog itself might be something that could use an upgrade, there are options beyond the simple mustard, ketchup, relish and onions concoction. They're just made in 10-inch Dodger Dog form.
"They've come out with something called the Doyer Dog, which is a hot dog they put chili on, salsa, jalapeños. You can get a Polish sausage, get a vegetarian dog now. You can get a Brooklyn Dodger dog which is an all-beef hot dog, with natural casing," said Harris. "They are spicing it up a little bit and getting creative with the toppings. But it's still kind of basic compared to what you can get everywhere else in L.A."
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