Meea’s in Eagle Rock serves up some seriously great hot dogs. Perhaps you’re not in the mood for the gourmet, exotic snob-sages of Wurstkuche; or you don’t feel like standing in the interminable line for the world-famous Pink’s. Or you have no idea where the heck the Dogtown Dogs truck even is right now. Well, then you are in luck, because Meea’s hot dogs can hold their own, in every way, against any of these other LA staples.
Meea’s is on Colorado Blvd. in Eagle Rock (right next to a walk-up Taco Bell). It can be a little hard to spot, as it doesn’t have extremely eye-catching signage, save for a waving banner proclaiming “Hot Dogs” – making it seem like a much more generic place than it really is. There’s a small parking lot in the back, and a very well-groomed outdoor seating area. And unlike the aforementioned Wurstkuche and Pink’s – no wait.
Most of the specialty hot dogs are named after a locale befitting their respective ingredients. For instance The Chicago sits on a Steamed poppy seed bun, and has mustard, sweet relish, onion, tomato wedges, pickle spear, sport peppers, and celery salt; while The Southland features a bacon-wrapped hot dog, grilled onions, bell peppers, ketchup, mayo, mustard, and roasted jalapeño; or you can go classic with The New Yorker: just grilled onions and onion sauce.
Having just moved to the neighborhood, I ordered The Eagle Rock, and just like its namesake, it is an eclectic mix of cultures and tastes: spicy mayo, pickled papaya, pork rinds, avocado, and sriracha. All the ingredients fit together surprisingly well and actually made for a pretty fun eating experience. The crispy pork rinds give a great texture, the pickled papaya is a sweet play on sauerkraut or slaw, and the sriracha (as always) gives a tangy, spicy kick to the whole thing. It’s got enough toppings to thrill the adventurous eater, but at its heart, it’s just a delicious, juicy dog that will satisfy even the most intense craving for a good, ol’ fashioned hot dog.
I made mine a combo by adding a (heaping) side of tots and a drink. If you order off the kids menu, you can get a juicebox. And even with the combo, my whole meal came out to about 8 bucks, so you won’t break the bank. Next time, I’m coming back for The Early Bird, which is a hot dog with a slice of bacon, melted cheddar, tater tots, and a fried (or scrambled) egg. That is a straight up brunch dog.
1734 Colorado Boulevard
Los Angeles, CA 90041
Sun: 11am – 7pm<