Faithful, FAB-ulous Friends
Making new friends is sometimes a necessity, and can often be very fulfilling. But there’s nothing like the comfort of old friends. Picking up just where you left off, even if it’s been a few years. That’s how I feel about Fab Hot Dogs and, of course, Porto’s Bakery (my devotion to Porto’s is more like a culinary crush). Like old friends who live significant distances from us, each visit is a cherished treasure.
Heading home from our “family fun day” in Malibu last week, we had a late lunch/early dinner at Fab. A few things have changed since my first review (read it here). Most apparent is how much more busy they are. For an off time (about 3:30 pm), there was a steady stream of people, something lacking the first time. Also there were five workers, up from just two. I guess that’s the power of the BarBeQuethMinistry!. Or it could possibly be the fact that it was featured on Food Network. Maybe.
But back to our visit. My BBQ Honey just can’t resist their Chicago Dog, a true work of art and an explosion of flavor. I decided to get to know the L.A. Street Dog (foreground in the pic above), which is a bacon-wrapped dog with grilled onions and bell peppers, diced tomato, jalapenos, mustard, mayo and ketchup. Folks, it’s better than it sounds. So tasty, without the ecoli poisoning from an actual L.A. Dog from a downtown push cart. You won’t be wowed by friendly, attentive service at Fab, but I’d keep coming back for more even if they were downright rude. This place is that awesome. Hot Dog fans, plan your pilgrimage soon.
Then there’s Porto’s, which was extremely busy when we got there just before 6:00 pm. It’s a goal of mine to taste everything they offer and I’m learning that their cakes pale in comparison to their pastries and hot savory items (read my two other reviews here and here). Don’t get me wrong, the Parisian (chocolate cake with chocolate whipped cream frosting) was nice (albeit a bit dry) and the Checkers (sponge cake, chocolate mousse, bavarian cream, and ganache) was very good, but the danishes, croissants and cheese rolls are epic. I think I’ve tried just over 20 different items and probably have 30 or so left to go. I can do it. Just gotta make it a point to visit this faithful friend in Glendale more often.
I invite you to get to know Fab Hot Dogs and Porto’s yourself.
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