Forget flying to New York to satisfy your craving for what Julia Child called the “best hot dog in New York.” May 2011 heralded the grand opening of Papaya King on a bustling corner of Hollywood and Wilcox, a stone’s throw from hot nightclubs, trendy shops, and popular tourist attractions. The famed hot dog stand, once prominently featured on an episode of Seinfeld, fits nicely into L.A.’s entertainment-centered lifestyle.
Delicious grub at Papaya King — Photo courtesy of Papaya King
Nightlife guru, Sam Nazarian from SBE group, premiered the franchise after launching a successful run of its Papaya King food truck, which doled out free dogs and drinks to the public. Los Angeles consumes the most hot dogs of any U.S. city after NYC, so locals naturally gravitated towards the brand spankin’ new West Coast addition.
Pink’s and Let’s Be Frank have had quite the monopoly on hot dog stands in L.A., so the latest wiener joint to hit Hollywood exploded with a bang; long lines form down Wilcox at all hours of the day and night. Nightclub goers stumble out of the neighboring buildings at 2 am just for a taste of juicy dog, crispy fries, and refreshingly light papaya drink to wash it all down. Tropical drinks and frankfurters have never tasted so sweet.