Angelenos take their food scene seriously, but the eatery that’s garnered the most excitement of late isn’t a new fusion mash-up or a fine-dining restaurant with a wine list the size of a football field. Instead, it’s the return of Tail o’ the Pup, the revered West Hollywood hot dog stand. Opened in 1946, the 18-foot-long hotdog-shaped stand operated through various ownership changes until 2005, when it lost its lease and was moved into storage.
Now, rescued by the 1933 Group, an LA-based restaurant consortium that has restored nearly a dozen historic dining and cocktail spots, Tail o’ the Pup has been moved to a new spot, just a few blocks away from its original location. It reopened on National Hotdog Day, July 20, with West Hollywood’s Mayor Laura Meister helping with the ribbon cutting.
A favorite of celebrities and Hollywood, Tail o’ the Pup appeared in several movies and TV shows, including “The Muppets” and “Columbo” and was declared an official cultural landmark. The new menu features the original split and grilled pup on a toasted bun with grilled onions and mustard, along with variations like the chili pup, jalapeno pup, gluten-free corndogs, beef and vegan burgers, and beer on tap, along with wine, hard seltzer, and cocktails, all canned. If you’re planning an LA meeting or visit, Tail o’ the Pup is worth a stop.