Wieners of the Gods: Honor Student At Skooby's
Pink's, shminks. No, honestly. Who wants to stand in that line on a hot summer afternoon just to get a middling dog covered in shitty chili on top of an untreated white flour bun? Not me, dudes and dudettes: but I sure will walk far (twenty minutes tops, depending on footwear and levels of drunkenness) for a Skooby's Hot Dog. I want my bun infused with garlic, my dog compact with flavor and deep-fried for good measure, my chili chunky and properly spiced. I want punk rock music and the Hollywood Boulevard traffic wending by as I lay into a relishy mustardy cheesedog. I want weird deep-fried chippy-things mixed in with my french fries. I want it all.
I'm that kind of crazy -- and so is Honor Student, that devilishly handsome and perplexingly gooey comedy collective who have brought you such nonsensical and fearless gems as Bananas and that one with the guy who dresses up like Michael Jackson and sings about cunnilingus. Fun! Matt Villines and Osmany Rodriguez direct, edit, and co-write each of the internet video shorts, which are broadcast over at Superdeluxe, a comedy video sharing site. David Neher is their primary manspiration; he writes most of the stories and plays the recurring role of Donovan, a well-intentioned but naive young whippersnapper just trying to get his boner on in a crazy, mixed-up world filled with homosexual innuendo, evil Girl Scouts, and violent porn stars. David, Matt, and Oz agreed to accompany LAist to their favorite Hollywood hot dog stand, in order to sample and critique the meaty wonders of Skooby's.
Skooby's gets tops marks right away for its music, and its freshly made lemonade is also a major plus. They offer veggie dogs, which aren't boiled: nope, deep-fried (in the same dedicated peanut oil they use for the fries.) The fries are hand-chopped and twice-cooked. The garlic aioli dipping sauce is spiked with roasted red pepper. The rolls are toasted. The chili is made with Guinness beer. Best of all, you don't have to wait in line to order - I mean, come on, Pink's, what are you, a soup kitchen? Communists? At Skooby's, we placed our order right away and got down to the serious business of making dick jokes.