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Annie wrote a very nice review about her trip to Carney’s on Sunset.

CarneysTrainatnight“Awesome hot dogs! Very nice cooks/staff.”
5 of 5 starsReviewed January 29, 2014

“It was 11 p.m. and we had come out of a play at the Pantages and we were so hungry because we missed dinner. This looked interesting like an old train boxcar. When we pulled up and saw it was hamburgers and hot dogs we hesitated because it was so late and we were thinking the spicy chili on the food would keep us up but we were tired and hungry so we tried it. We each got a hot dog and added onions, mustard, chili, cheese and sauerkraut. My husband must have had a brain freeze because he never adds sauerkraut or chili to anything and as we looked at the food we thought…we are going to pay for this later by eating a ton of TUMS. I had a glass of Chardonnay and the glass was really little but the man behind the counter filled it to the top.

We ate the hot dogs and they were so good and the fries that came with it were so good, too! We looked around and more people were coming in though it was near midnight. Some were dressed elegantly and some just normal but everyone was getting those chili dogs or hamburgers which looked awesome like an In and Out Burger.

We looked at each other and decided to get a second one each and when I said I wanted another glass of wine one man told the other to fill my glass “to the top”! Ha!

We did not need any TUMS and had zero heartburn. Slept great. Will definitely go back!”

No TUMS is a great thing, we agree! We’re glad you had a great experience at Carney’s, Annie. Thanks for the lovely review! :)

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Throwback Thursday Carney’s Review

Throwback Thursday Fan Recognition from 2011! :) Pilar B. filled us in on her Sunset Strip Carney’s trip. Check it out.

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“How many times did I go up and down Sunset and see this big a$$ yellow train? Must have been a lot of times that I’ve missed the train.  Well anyways, so I craved a hot dog and remembered this place.  SOOO I looked up their website to see what is on their menu (something I do prior to eating at establishments) and off I went.

I was a little excited because I thought the train was super cool, you know the whole ambiance thing. I don’t know call me stuck in a (theme-like mind) but whatever, I liked it.

I tried the Spicy Style and the Carney’s hot dogs.  Both were delicious!  I totally forgot about the frozen chocolate dipped banana, therefore, I must return for my next train ride :)

Parking is in the rear (thank goodness) especially being on Sunset.  All menu items are affordable (for my budget that is) and the staff are friendly.  It does get packed because after I ordered and sat down, a grip load of people arrived.”

 

You can read the original review here.  Thanks, Pilar! :)

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Carney’s Loyal Fan Review

Carney's Sunset StripFan recognition time! Carney’s fan, Maegan, proves to be very loyal in her choice of restaurants. Here’s her Yelp review:

“I don’t know why everyone always raves about Pink’s. F**k Pink’s. If you want the best hotdog in LA you go to Carney’s. I love the fact that it’s a train car. My favorite location is the one on Sunset by Saddle Ranch. I used to live in LA and after going out on Friday and Saturday nights I’d come here when the late night munchies hit. My personal favorite to order here is Chicagoan with the burgers though I always order the double cheese burger without the chili. The fries always taste hot and fresh, like they’re so good you don’t care that you’re burning your tongue and fingers eating them. If you’re looking for some great late night food and don’t feel like Mel’s or Pink’s I’d recommend here. It’s a must anytime I make it back to LA.”

Thanks so much for the support, Maegan! :)

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Fan’s Carney Train Day in LA

If you’re a fan of The Big Bang Theory then you know what a Sheldon Cooper’s Train Day in LA is. If not, you can watch it here:

Carney’s fan, Sonia, wrote an excellent article on her very own Train Day in LA on her website The Sonar Ping. Sonia’s article is chock-full of interesting facts she learned by interviewing Carney’s co-owner, Bill Wolfe. Bill explains everything from how original founder, John Wolfe, decided to open a restaurant on a train, where we he obtained the train cars, and even how he decided on the name Carney’s.

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This is one of our absolute favorite articles on Carney’s so far. It’s fun, interesting, and has a lot of great information.  Check it out here! Thanks again, Sonia! :)

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Awesome Carney’s Review

Elliot Pachulski of Burger Weekly wrote a really great review on his experience at the Carney’s on Sunset.  Here is what he had to say about the Carney’s Chili Cheeseburger he had:

“I’ve dined at Carney’s numerous times, and it never misses a beat in consistency or quality. Their burger on its own is good, but it’s really the chili that brings me back time and time again. The chili is just outstanding, and makes any item on the menu twice as good when added. It is a little greasy, but totally worth it nonetheless. Occasionally, the chili fries can be overloaded with chili, so you may want to ask them to go light on it. That is really my only complaint, and it’s a small one.

 

 

If you are a chili fanatic and have never tried Carney’s chili burger, you are in for a treat. I highly recommend you pay a visit to either the original on Sunset, or their second location in Studio City. Your taste buds will thank you later. Just don’t plan on being too active for a few hours after indulging, as you’ll probably feel like taking a nap afterwards.”

 

Thanks, Elliot & Burger Weekly for the awesome review! :)

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Great Expectations of Carney’s Fulfilled

Fan Recognition time!

This review comes from Patty K. on Yelp. She shares her great Sunset Carney’s experience:

“What to do when you have a couple hours to kill in Hollywood…and you have a 5 year old in tow??? Eat chili dogs in a train, of course! This was my first visit to Carney’s and it was everything I expected it to be. We ordered a chili dog, chili cheese fries, a beer for me and a root beer for my babe. Everything was good but the best part of the experience (besides eating in a real train, of course) was the friendly service. I don’t know if the gentleman taking orders and mingling with the customers is the owner, but he sure takes pride in the foo and the restaurant. He was very friendly and attentive. it was a great LA experience (even for an LA native).”

Thanks so much, Patty! :)

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Carney’s Great Experience

It’s Fan Recognition time! We saw a really nice review on Yelp that we want to share with you! Here’s what Patty had to say about her visit to the Sunset Carney’s:

“What to do when you have a couple hours to kill in Hollywood…and you have a 5 year old in tow??? Eat chili dogs in a train, of course! This was my first visit to Carney’s and it was everything I expected it to be. We ordered a chili dog, chili cheese fries, a beer for me and a root beer for my babe. Everything was good but the best part of the experience (besides eating in a real train, of course) was the friendly service. I don’t know if the gentleman taking orders and mingling with the customers is the owner, but he sure takes pride in the foo and the restaurant. He was very friendly and attentive. it was a great LA experience (even for an LA native).”

Thanks so much, Patty! :)

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Carney’s Fan Recognition

Here’s a really nice review we found on Yelp by Gina J. about her experience at the Carney’s in Studio City!

“I love Carney’s! In the interest of my health, I don’t come here too often, but when I do, I enjoy every bite.

First of all, the service is excellent. The workers are super nice and are really quick about getting your food to you. Secondly, parking is a breeze. Love that!

As for the food, here are my faves:

Fries – thin and crispy, just the way I like ‘em.
Chili cheese fries – uh-maze-ing!
New Yorker – hot dog with mustard and kraut. Absolutely my favorite item here. Steamed and softened bread, the wonderful ‘snap’ of the dog…drool worthy.
Milkshakes – brings the boys to the yard…nice and thick and filling.
Tuna salad – for those days I feel guilty about being at Carney’s. Generous portion of tuna with huge chunks of cucumbers, tomatoes, and shreds of carrots. With the balsamic vinaigrette, it is very yummy!
Turkey burger – nice and juicy, not dry like most other places. Make sure you let the cashier know you want it even if you’re waiting in line since it takes a little bit longer to cook.”

Thanks for that great review, Gina! :)

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Carney’s Hot Dog Train

We came across a really cool blog post by Cozy Reverie! She says this about her love of Carney’s:

“On Saturday, I posted this photo on my Instagram account, with the caption “Pop Quiz: Where are we?”. Surprisingly, not too many people knew the answer. If you are ever in the San Fernando Valley area, you should absolutely make time for a visit to Carney’s.

In our household, this restaurant is referred to as the “Hot Dog Train”. My son loves this place, so it is always a special treat when we take him. They are known for their hot dogs, but many other options on their menu as well. We always aim for an 11am lunch because once noon comes around, the place is packed!

My favorite thing about the San Fernando Valley is finding gems like this. Carney’s is located on one of the busiest streets, Ventura Boulevard, but still seems to be hidden to the masses. As a creature of routine, I tend to stick to our normal eateries, so when we find a place as special as Carney’s, we’re almost proud to imagine this to be our little secret, even though it isn’t – especially now that I’m blogging about it!

Luckily, you can’t miss it; After all, it is bright red and yellow train in the middle of the city.”

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Hot Dogs, Frames, and CarneyTrain

Fan Recognition time again! Fan Kevin P. wrote a nice review on Yelp. Here’s his take on his Studio City Carney’s experience:

“Ok I never really understand how places that specialize in such a simple item can last for so long. This establishment shows me why. :)

I’ve had the ball park franks, the hebrew nationals and the like, but places like this; and Brats Brothers, Insider Dogs, and Pinks that show us that if you honestly love what you’re selling then you can prosper. It’s like the people who make frames… it doesn’t seem like a big job, but you don’t just want to buy a presized frame from Wal-Mart do you? No. You want it to look like that self portrait in finger paint should be in the Louvre! And a frame can do that, because that person who made your frame is an artists, the best of their craft….and so are the chefs at Carney’s.

Though their hot dogs and burgers are good, you gotta get the chili (no beans) or sauerkraut and mustard – both excellent toppings for their dogs here.

Plus…. it’s in a train car… I mean that’s awesome.”

Thanks for the nice words, Kevin! :D

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