We scoured the Conejo, searched Simi, careened through Camarillo and
made our way around Moorpark searching for the best hot dogs in town.
Here are our favorites, in all of their juicy, hot, spicy perfection recipes.

Sooo Cali Dog

King’s Hawaiian dinner rolls
100% beef skinless dog
Wild arugula
Crispy fried onions
Aioli sauce

Break off a three-bun section of King’s Hawaiian dinner rolls. Butter two sides of the bun and place on the grill until lightly browned.  Slice open the side of the bun. Layer several wild arugula leaves and the hot dog. On one side of the dog, place two thin tomato slices. Layer two or three slices of avocado on the other side of the dog.  Top with crispy fried onions. Squirt a zigzag of spicy aioli sauce on top.

The Sooo Cali dog is one of the favorites on the Dog Haus menu with fresh arugula, avocado, crispy onions and Dog Haus special aioli sauce, a delicate blend of basil and serrano with a real kick to it. Dog Haus makes its own crispy onions using lightly battered and seasoned onion slices, deep-fried until golden brown. Substitute store-bought crispy onions at home.  The latest Dog Haus will be opening in our own backyard next month, following close on the heels of the Canoga Park Dog Haus, which opened in June.

50 E. Thousand Oaks Blvd.
Thousand Oaks

Picnic Dawg

100% beef hot dog
Bacon Baguette
Baked beans
Dayne’s Creamy Kickin’ Coleslaw (recipe below)

Wrap hot dog in bacon slice and grill. Place in bun, top with baked beans and a generous scoop of Creamy Kickin’ Coleslaw.


½ cup distilled white vinegar
½ cup sugar
½ tsp.
Kosher salt
2 cups mayonnaise
½ cup sour cream
3 tbsp.
Sriracha hot sauce 1 tbsp.
grated ginger

Mix vinegar, sugar and salt until dissolved. Add remaining ingredients and whisk well. Add to shredded cabbage of choice.

Dayna Haupt waited a long time to open her own restuarant. The private chef, who worked at the Four Seasons Westlake and Tuscany, realized the area lacked an authentic Italian beef sandwich, so she created her own inspired by her childhood in Chicago. Soon after opening in 2013, Dayne’s was brimming with customers who came to the small eatery in search of the real thing. Be sure to try the shrimp dawg . . . yum.

2951 E. Thousand Oaks Blvd.
Thousand Oaks
(805) 371-8889

Club Dog

Sesame seed Italian roll
100% beef hot dog
Cheddar cheese
grated Bacon
cooked and chopped Tomato
chopped  Avocado

Slice roll open and generously sprinkle with grated cheddar cheese. Melt cheese. Add hot dog, chopped bacon, chopped tomato, avocado slices. Top with mayonnaise to taste

We like Cronies’ Club Dog, a new take on the classic club sandwich. Hungry diners looking for a family restaurant with a sports theme—not a sports bar—will feel at home at Cronies. That translates into sports on large flat-screen TVs as well as video games for the kids so the whole family can enjoy good eats and entertainment.

Agoura Hills
5687 Kanan Road

Newbury Park
1620 Newbury Road
(805) 498-7888

Simi Valley
2752 Cochran St.
(805) 583-9999

370 N. Lantana St.
(805) 482-5900

Ferrari Dog

100% beef Sabrett hot dog
Hot dog bun
Brown mustard or deli mustard
Squeezed cheddar cheese
Onions, chopped and seasoned

Assembly is simple. Place the dog in the bun, add a generous squirt of brown mustard, smother with squeezed cheddar cheese and top with seasoned onions. Chili is optional.


Only loyal customers know to ask for the Ferrari dog from Smiley’s hot dog stand in Westlake Village but then just about everyone who tries a dog at Smiley’s becomes a loyal customer. The single hot dog cart has been a landmark in the area for the last 30 years. Smiley’s cart is available to cater parties and events, and Spina has plans to expand with another hot dog cart or two.

2649 Townsgate Road
Westlake Village