The new outlet opened two weeks ago at the Irvine Spectrum Center. So it might not be the most auspicious location in the world, but no doubt Carm's fans--of which there are many--won't mind.
Why the cult following? These dogs are proper New York-style; the signature Coney is made with veal and pork. But there's more on the menu if dead calf doesn't float your boat: chilli, buffalo wings and fish (on Fridays, natch). Oh, and the authentic frozen custard is the best you can get in these parts.
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Carm's previously operated in Newport Beach and Costa Mesa, and the latter is where management is planning another location (562 W 19th Street, to be exact). Watch this space.