LA Hot Dog Stand Sumo Dog Begins Chef Collaboration Series


Sumo Dog, an Asian-inspired hot dog stand in Los Angeles, kicked off a series of chef collaborations this week. Each collaboration is scheduled to rotate every 2 weeks.

Sumo Dog 
516 South Western Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90020

First up is a collaboration between Chef/Owner Jeffrey Lunak and Jon Shook and Vinny Dotolo  (owners of LA favorites Jon & Vinnys, Animal, and Son of a Gun) which is currently available until December 22nd.

The Jon & Vinny starts with a grilled American wagyu all beef dog, then topped with chow-chow relish, pimento cheese spread, spicy Jewish mustard and green onion, for a mix of New York deli and Southern potluck flavors.

The Jon & Vinny Hot Dog

Lunak was inspired to collaborate with other chefs after cooking at different LA food festivals. Chefs who have expressed admiration and interest in Sumo Dog are the first up.

Proceeds will be going to charities of the collaborative chef’s choice. Sales of the Jon & Vinny hot dog will benefit Baby2Baby, a charity providing necessities to children in need.

Other collaborations with prominent chefs in the LA food scene are forthcoming. Nancy Silverton’s collaboration with Lunak will be up next, starting Wednesday, January 10th.

Bacon Banh Mi

After humble beginnings as an LA pop-up, Sumo Dog is on the heels of celebrating their first year of opening in mid-January. They have been featured on MUNCHIES’ Chef’s Night Out and in Rolling Stone magazine as one of the “30 Best Things We Saw at Coachella” in 2016.

Other popular dogs include the  (bacon-wrapped dog, pickled daikon and carrot, cucumber, jalapeno, cilantro, spicy mayo) and the Sumo Dog (choice of dog, pickled peppers, wasabi relish, teriyaki sauce, minced onion, furikake and kizami nori) paired with Sushi Rice Tots.

Sushi Rice Tots

This Koreatown spot is open Thursdays – Saturdays from 11:30 AM until midnight and Sundays – Wednesday 11:30 AM – 10 PM.


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1 Comment

  1. Christan

    December 29, 2017

    I would definitely try these. Sounds like a good twist on the american hot-dog.

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