When you think of chef Josiah Citrin, you probably think of the white tablecloths and two Michelin stars of his restaurant Mélisse, which has been serving elevated, market-driven French cuisine for 16 years in Santa Monica. You don't think mac-'n'-cheese-topped hot dogs.
But that's exactly what Citrin is serving at the second Los Angeles location of Dave's Dog House, a hot dog stand Citrin's cousin David Cheren started in Arizona. A location of Dave's Dog House opened at the Draft Kings Fantasy Sports Bar & Lounge at Staples Center in November. And another location has opened at Staples Center, in Section 102.
Citrin, who also recently opened Charcoal Venice, a restaurant focused on live fire cooking, is not cooking fancy hot dogs. This is food you can get messy with in the middle of a Kings game.
Both Staples Center stands are serving all-beef hot dogs topped with three-cheese mac 'n' cheese, bacon bits and yellow mustard on a grilled, buttered bun; the Dave's Dog topped with relish, onion and mustard; the California Dog made with Citrin's all-beef chili, onions and yellow mustard; and the Cowboy Dog topped with baked beans, onions and mustard.
Dave's Dog House is one of a number of new concession stands at the downtown L.A. events center. Another famous chef with a stand of his own is Trois Mec, Petite Trois and Trois Familia chef Ludo Lefebvre. The French chef opened a fried chicken stand called Ludo Bird at Staples Center in 2013.
1111 S. Figueroa St., Los Angeles, www.davesdoghouse.com.
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