The Best Boardwalk Bites

Join the lands of fried fun, the pinnacle of puffed dough, the capital of caramel corn, and food on a stick.

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Photo: Courtesy of Jody Maroni's


Venice Beach, California

Self-proclaimed “sausage evangelist” Jody Maroni of Jodi Maroni's Sausage Kingdom in Venice Beach, California started hawking his “haut dogs” made from duck, chicken, lamb, and pork with unexpected additions (apples, cilantro) on the Venice Boardwalk in 1979. His clean ingredients and edgy creations, such as chicken pomegranate sausages and Kobe beef dogs, have earned him a cult following. Jody’s empire now spans the west coast. Here at the mother ship, the sausages are still grilled, slathered with onions and peppers, and served in fresh-baked onion rolls.

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