The Best Hot Dogs in Every State
From coast to coast, these are America's most iconic hot dog joints!
Chris’ Famous Hot Dogs, Montgomery
When they say famous, they mean it: presidents, musicians, authors, movie stars and every Alabama governor since 1917 have all eaten at Chris’ Famous Hot Dogs. What makes these hot dogs so famous is the chili sauce, a guarded, secret recipe known only to a few living souls.
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Chinook Hotdogs, Fairbanks
You will find this favorite Fairbanks eatery in a renovated school bus. Their hot dog creations include the ‘Merican with bacon and cheese, and the Pedro with pinto beans and sriracha mayo. Or go for a Single Hook—a hot dog on a sweet roll with mustard, relish and onions!
BK Carne Asada and Hot Dogs, Tucson
A hot dog at a Mexican joint? Yes, and it’s a good one! The BK Carne Asada and Hot Dogs version of a classic Sonoran is served in a specially made bun with pinto beans, tomato, onions, a secret jalapeno sauce and grilled peppers. You won’t be disappointed by this award-winning dog!
How about a slice of your state’s favorite pie for dessert?
Bark Bar, Little Rock
You’ll find all kinds of dogs here: Bark Bar is a combination bar and dog park! Bring your pooch to this fun space to run and play—while you kick back with a local craft brew and tasty hot dogs creations like The Schnauzer, topped with sauerkraut and spicy mustard. (And they have snacks for your dog, too.)
Biker Jim’s Gourmet Dogs, Denver
In the Mile High city? Head on over to Biker Jim’s for a hot dog you won’t soon forget. This hot dog joint boasts 13 kinds of sausages, some you’ve probably never heard of before like ostrich, wild boar and rattlesnake-rabbit. But you can get the classics too topped with anything from bacon-onion marmalade to wasabi aoli to tomatillo salsa. In Denver, the sky’s the limit!
Deerhead Hot Dogs, Newark
Deerhead Hot Dogs got its start back in 1935 when then-maid Beulah R. Tilghman stirred up the first-ever batch of Deerhead Secret Sauce at the Hotel Olivere. The sauce is still a closely guarded secret many decades later but one worth stopping to try at Deerhead’s Newark restaurant.
VooDoo Dog, Tallahassee
VooDoo will cast a spell on you with hot dog creations like the Atomic Veggie, or the Wake-N-Bake topped with bacon and a fried egg. Plus, their restaurant is a trip down ’80s and ’90s memory lane. The wall decor includes rock albums, Q*bert and a portrait of Princess Leia eating a hot dog.
The Original Hot Dog Factory, Atlanta
The Original Hot Dog Factory has locations in several southern states, but the Atlanta restaurant is the original Original Hot Dog Factory. They have a menu of all kinds of specialty dogs, but who can resist the BLT: a bacon-wrapped beef dog with all the fixings. And if you’re looking for a treat, try a homemade corndog—way better than any you’ll find at the fair.
Puka Dog, Koloa
The hot dog at Puka Dog is completely unique, starting with a Hawaiian sweet roll with a hole right through the middle. The dog is dressed with a secret recipe lemon-garlic sauce that can be as mild or spicy as you like, plus tropical relishes made from pineapple, star fruit and mango.
Superdawg Drive-In, Chicago
Everything at this iconic hot dog joint is super. The dogs of course, the drinks, the sides like Superfries and the legacy: family-owned since 1948. Customers at both locations are greeted by 12-foot hot dogs on the roof named Maurie and Flaurie after the original owners. The Superdawg is built like a classic Chicago dog and is delivered “lounging” in a retro-styled box. (How many of these regional hot dogs have you tried?)
That’s My Dog, Jeffersonville
That’s My Dog specializes in your specialty! While you can order one of their signature hot dogs, owner Thomas Harris says you can have whatever you want on your dog at his restaurant. How good does a hot dog topped with pulled pork or onion strings (or both?) sound?
The Flying Wienie, Cedar Rapids
You don’t need to head to the Windy City for a great Chicago-style dog. Instead, blow over to the Flying Wienie. This Cedar Rapids hot dog joint is known for its classic Chicago dogs and dogs-to-go (snag a 12-pack for a party). You can also enjoy Italian beef and other Midwest faves here.
Wiener Wagon, Overland Park
David Derr and Jessica Rush built a loyal following crafting signature frankfurters and sausages. The duo first took their creations on the road in the Wiener Wagon, but have settled in at the Wiener Wagon. Their Classic Dog is made from brisket and flavorful wagyu beef and topped with house-made ketchup.
Red Top, Louisville
Looking for a hot dog that’s a little outside the box? Hit up Red Top in Louisville. This restaurant offers up bison, boar and Waygu hot dogs (and classic all-beef dogs too). Stopping in with a veggie friend? No worries! They offer three kinds of vegan sausages plus plenty of toppings to keep everyone happy.
After spending his youth enjoying footlongs at the Minnesota State Fair, Nate Beck turned his love of hot dogs into a business. From his Natedogs street cart, Nate serves up pork wieners from local suppliers topped with his own homemade mustards and sauteed onions. He was the 2017 Hot Dog Vendor of the Year!
Steve’s Hot Dogs, St. Louis
This hot dog shop is a favorite in St. Louis. The menu boasts 12 different specialty hot dogs and gives diners the opportunity to have their favorite order added to the menu. But who needs a special order when you can try Steve’s Gorilla Mac & Cheese Dog loaded with macaroni and cheese, bacon and crispy French’s fried onions?
Buldogis, Las Vegas
Korean flavors meet hot dogs at this Las Vegas hot dog spot. Buldogis is a play on the name of a Korean beef dish, bulgogi. The gourmet quarter-pound hot dogs feature inventive and feature mouthwatering toppings like kimchi made and aged in-house, nori flakes and spicy aioli.
Gilley’s Diner, Portsmouth
It’s like stepping back in time when you step into this tiny diner, a Portsmouth fixture since 1912. Anne Ormond of Dover, New Hampshire, says Gilley’s is always packed. The hot dog offerings there are simple classics: plain, kraut and chili.
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Jimmy Buff’s, West Orange and Kenilworth
We all know classics like the Chicago dog, but let Jimmy Buff’s introduce you to the Italian Dog. This hot dog is topped with peppers, onions and fried potatoes—what’s not to like? This hot dog shop also serves up Italian sausage, cheesesteaks and burgers—just the basics for this restaurant that’s been in the biz since 1932.
Urban Hot Dog Company, Albuquerque
Heading to ABQ? Better make a stop at Urban Hot Dog Company either at their brick-and-mortar restaurant or food truck. They make a heck of a hot dog like the Spicy Rooster with pico de gallo, avocado salsa, queso fresco and hot sauce, but don’t skip out on the rest of the menu; Guiness-soaked brats sound too good to pass up.
Frank’s Gourmet Hot Dogs, Buffalo
With a plethora of hot dog carts in NYC alone, it’s hard to choose just one hot dog joint for all of New York. We think we found a good one, though in Frank’s. These hot dogs are not only delicious, they’re also made on-location with local meats. What’s not to love?
JJ’s Red Hots, Charlotte
At JJ’s, they take quality very seriously. Almost everything that goes on their gourmet dogs is made in-house and customers say JJ’s has the best dogs they’ve ever eaten. There are three locations in Charlotte to get tasty dogs like the Quarter Hounder, with beer cheese, bacon and secret sauce.
DogMahal Dog Haus, Grand Forks
Comic books, vintage vinyl and incredible hot dogs all in one shop? Get me to Grand Forks! Not only is DogMahal a great spot to browse and shop, the hot dog creations are outrageous. Like the Poutinie Weenie topped with fries, gravy and cheddar cheese curds.
Dirty Frank’s Hot Dog Palace, Columbus
Stop by the Palace in Columbus or find one of Frank’s food trucks on the street. Either way, you’ll be happy you stopped by. Dirty Frank’s menu is full of hot dog options including homemade corn dogs, the Tot-cho Dog (with tater tots, of course) and the Classy Lady topped with cheese sauce and crushed potato chips. If this isn’t enough to persuade you to drop in, check out the drink menu. Who wouldn’t want to order a Mule Never Take Me Alive?
The Gnarley Dawg, Tulsa
Tulsa has thriving arts, music and college scenes…and pretty impressive hot dogs, too! Gnarley Dawg boasts fresh ingredients and huge portions—and they aren’t kidding around. There are classic toppings like the sauerkraut-topped Hooch, but the Silly Philly is a huge quarter-pound dog topped with ribeye steak!
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Victory Dogs, Medford
Customers say that getting a dog from Victory Dogs is like having your buddy grill one for you in his backyard. The food truck’s owners take tremendous pride in their hot dogs. They also have the biggest menu item we’ve seen, The Crack’in: two dogs and two sausages plus 10 more meats, two cheeses and four buns!
Baba’s Original New York System, Providence
The name might be confusing, but New York System wieners are 100% Rhode Island! The name comes from vendors decades ago wanting to bring the New York hot dog craze to the Ocean State. A classic Baba’s New York System is a wiener (never hot dog) with mustard, onion, beef sauce and celery salt.
Jack’s Cosmic Dogs, Mt. Pleasant
Alton Brown says that Jack’s dogs are the best he’s ever had. That’s quite a testament and one that’s echoed by all who stop by this roadside hot dog joint. All of their toppings are made in-house, the most famous of which is Jack’s Sweet Potato Mustard.
I Dream of Weenie, Nashville
Quite possibly the best name ever for a hot dog joint! This spot is a bright yellow Volkswagen bus where weenies are charcoal-grilled. Start your day there with a French Toast Weenie or Eggs Benny Weenie. For lunch, maybe a Flamin’ Frank with chili, hot salsa and jalapenos.
Good Dog Houston, Houston
This hot dog joint found success first as a food truck and now as two restaurants in Houston. They’re loved by locals for their fantastic dogs like the Curryous Frank, topped with curry onion relish, chutney, sweet potato crisps and sriracha ketchup. And they have plenty of local brews on tap to wash down the dogs.
Butch and Babe’s, Burlington
Visit Butch and Babe’s for comfort food reimagined. The menu is filled with plenty of classics like fried chicken, grilled cheese and, of course, hot dogs. Their falafel dog, served with tzatziki, pickled onion and tomato, is definitely a stand out. Oh, and don’t forget to complete your meal with a sweet treat like a homemade coconut pudding pop.
Haute Dogs & Fries, Alexandria
This isn’t your average dog joint! Haute Dogs & Fries offers locally crafted hot dogs with fine finishes. You can rest assured that whether you order a Chicago dog or a Three-Piece Suit (Haute Dogs’ take on a chili dog), you’ll be enjoying something delicious and local.
The Red Hot, Tacoma
A hot dog slathered with cream cheese is a flavor combo born in Washington state. Red Hot‘s version, the “6th Ave,” also includes onions and tomatoes. They also make an Elvis-inspired Hound Dog with peanut butter and bacon, and the Gangsta Mac, which is topped with homemade mac n’ cheese.
Hillbilly Hot Dogs, Lesage
We love a restaurant that doesn’t take itself too seriously. Hillbilly Hot Dogs leans into the funny side of things with dogs like the Mothman (named for the state’s famous cryptid), the Junkyard Dog (it has everything on it) and the Whazz Up Dog that’s deep-fried and served with chili sauce, jalapeños, habanero sauce, barbecue sauce, nacho cheese and ranch.
A city with German roots like Milwaukee knows its sausage, and Vanguard, located in the city’s Bay View neighborhood, really knows sausage. Their hot dogs, bratwurst, Hungarian sausage and more are all made in-house. The folks there get creative, try options like the Milwaukee (topped with cheese curds, cheese and Cheez Whiz) or the Kimchi Dog (topped with house kimchi, fried egg aoli, scallion and sesame). And because it’s Wisconsin, all menu items have a recommended beer pairing.