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About Carney's is a family owned business that prides itself on serving some of the best hamburgers and hot dogs in LA, and probably the world. We use the freshest ingredients on the market and have never skimped on quality. Carney's was founded in 1975 by John Wolfe, Sr. and his wife Pat Wolfe. Together they worked countless hours building the restaurant into a Sunset Strip destination. In a time when hamburger establishments were popping up all over the place, John chose to build a restaurant out of an old Pacific Railroad passenger train. Being a former radio executive, he understood the importance of lasting impressions and being different. Not only was John good at publicity but he could also cook amazing burgers and hot dogs. John knew that by building a portable restaurant that if anything were to happened to their Sunset Strip lease, they could simply pick up and move their business elsewhere. Needless to say, the business is still around today and it has become quite the LA Landmark. In 1981 Carney's decided to add another location on Ventura Blvd in Studio City
Hours

Regular Hours

Extra Phones

Fax Number: (818) 761-9910

Payment method
all major credit cards
Price Range
$$
Neighborhoods
South Valley, Studio City
Amenities
Happy Hour, , Outdoor Seating
AKA

Carney's Studio City

Carney's Restaurant

Carney's Express

Categories
American Restaurants, Take Out Restaurants, Hamburgers & Hot Dogs, Breakfast, Brunch & Lunch Restaurants, Family Style Restaurants, Restaurants
Other Information

Parking: Lot, Private

Wi-Fi: No

Bike Parking: Yes

Attire: Casual

Drive Through: No

Good For Groups: Yes

Good for Kids: Yes

Wheelchair Accessible: Yes

Take Out: Yes

Cuisines: Burgers, Family Style, American, Take Out, Hot Dogs, Breakfast, Brunch & Lunch

Alcohol: No

Takes Reservations: No

Outdoor Seating: Yes

Price Range : Average

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PeterKert

04/27/2011

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weekday vs. weekend

My son and I love this place but, only on the weekends. On weekdays the service is horrible (it was not only once) but three times.

I hope the owner will reevaluate his staff.

FairDeal4all

02/28/2009

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Used to love it, now won't go.

Used to be a great place for burgers. Hot dogs are still okay but the last few times there the hamburger meat was paper thin and tasteless. Double cheeseburger came with one slice of cheese, I ask for another slice and they charged fifty cents more with a bad attitude to boot. The man that owned/managed(?) from a few years ago is not there. He built up a good business with good food and service. They must have sold the franchise and the new owners have gone on the cheap. I miss the place but will go elsewhere for a good hamburger.

debbieharry

07/25/2008

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Polish Dog Red Barron Is The BEST Hot Dog Ever!

I love this Hot Dog so much I make a trip from Thousand Oaks craving it. You must try the RED BARRON POLISH DOG. You will not be disappointed. Love it! Wish they would open up in Thousand Oaks

TdogKing

06/19/2008

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Searching for a ""real"" Chicago Style Hot Dog

I went looking for a "" real "" Chicago Dog and what I found was a standard relish dog called a "" Chciagoan "", I also tried the Carneys which is a chili dog. The hot dogs were good as regular hot dogs could be, so my search is still on .

lxmadrid

12/31/2007

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Classic No Frills Burger Joint wins by sticking to the basics

Had a great burger and chili dog meal. Burger was bloody as hell and juicy to an insane degree. Chili dog was solid, using Hoffy dogs (the choice of all of LA's classic hot dog joints), but not great. For my money I'd stick with Chronis. Fries were great. Setting had tons of personality.

Solid B

porkjello

11/17/2007

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Great Hot Dogs with a Snap!

One sign of a good hot dog is if it snaps when you bite into it. There are many hot dog places in L.A. but only a few places do hot dogs right and Carney's is definitely one of the top hot dog places in the southland. Unlike another crowded hot dog stand, Carney's keeps their menu simple. I recommend the standard chili dog or the Chicagoan with relish, onions and mustard.

silverhazed

01/02/2007

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Overall
consistently the best dog in town.

puts pinks to shame.
no standing in line and breathing tire dust.
nice snap when bitting into the dog, delicious steamed bread.
fresh cut tomato on the Carney Dog. Chili is pleasanlty digested.
view of sunset strip, global crowd, good choice of music at an enjoyable volume makes this place hard not to choose for a meeting place, international visitors to meet LA, or viewing girls from the strip.
and above all, the staff doesnt make you feel like you should have not smiled at them, they smile back like they are earning $100/year.

dcracer

11/18/2006

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Great chili burgers and dogs, Cool joint on a train

Best burgers you can find in LA. Good Eats in a train atmosphere. They should have these in an amusement park or citywalk.

norton33

10/10/2006

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Best hot dogs in LA, great fries and good chili - how can you go wrong

Owners are generally in attendance during daytime operation. This place serves the best hot dogs in LA, they even pop in your mouth seconds before the flavorfilled filling comes into your mouth. If you pile on all of the extras, you hide the flavor and pop, so the great dog will not be revealed to that eater. The hamburgers are good, but I think The Origianl Tommy's has the edge here. The french fries are great, and I love the chili as well. Haven't eaten the other dishes, but veggie and others can eat there as well. Many of the servers have been there for some time, and they are always nice to me (they have gotten to recognize my face for the obvious reason). The only negative is that the parents do not take care of their running, yelling children, which generally comes into play at lunches on Saturdays and during the summer. Eat a yellow mustered dog and enjoy yourself.

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