This downtown Long Beach brewpub from Gabe Gordon, Lena Perelman and brewmaster Julian Shrago has earned a well-deserved reputation as a craft beer mecca, but don’t sleep on their comfort food. At dinner, chef Frank Hemstreet churns out mini lamb corn dogs ($9) with slightly gamy lamb merguez sausage cores. The well-spiced sausages come shrouded in crisp cornmeal batter seasoned with ground ginger, thyme and chile powder. Skewered bites bathe in canola oil and come with habanero-berry "katsup," a spicy, slightly sweet and bright purple puree of chiles, raspberries, shallots, allspice and ginger.
Are corn dogs having a moment? No longer is this snack-on-a-stick confined to county fairs and Disneyland. Now people can find these cornmeal-crusted, deep-fried wonders in restaurants across Los Angeles, and chefs are by no means limited to hot dogs and sticks. We found ten creative versions of this guilty pleasure (stoner food, perhaps?) that turn the corn dog on its head.