This July, indulge in the most traditional American comfort food at these spots around the country to celebrate National Hot Dog Month.
Windy City Eats | Weymouth, MA
If you’re from Chicago and craving an authentic Chicago style hot dog, this is the place for you. Windy City Eats gets their hot dogs and buns from Chicago. It’s the real deal—Vienna beef and all! This family run hot dog joint serves their dogs on a poppy seed bun with fresh toppings. We suggest the Chicago Dog. This classic dog has the works: mustard, relish, onion, tomato, pickles, sport peppers and celery salt. Pair this dog with a side of sweet potato fries and you’ll feel as though you’re eating a dog right in the Windy City.
Detroit Coney Grill | Tempe, AZ
Craving the snap of a real Coney dog out on the West coast? You’re prayers have been answered by Detroit Coney Dog. Owned by Detroit native, Dave Nojar, the Detroit Coney Grill takes pride in its burgers, dogs and fries. Everything is made from scratch here and the customer is in charge. Not only is their customer service fantastic, but so is their food. Try to stop by on a Wednesday for their special: two Coney dogs, fresh cut fries and a fountain drink. As you step up to the counter to order, you are encouraged to wipe your feet on the Ohio State doormat whether you are a Michigan or Michigan State fan. Order yourself two Detroit Coney Dogs and a Faygo pop for the full Detroit experience. When you take your first bite, you will feel the snap of a real Coney dog.
Crif Dogs | East Village, NY
It is a must to visit Crif Dogs when visiting New York. This hot dog joint may be hard to miss because it is located slightly below street level in St. Marks. Crif Dogs attracts many people and the shop is quite small, so expect a crowd. There is a secret entrance to one of New York’s greatest speakeasies located in Crif Dog’s phone booth. The speakeasy, Please Don’t Tell, even has its own Crif Dog specialty menu and your dog will be delivered to your table. These dogs are packed with big flavors. First timer? Try the Good Morning Dog: bacon wrapped dog, covered in melted cheese and toped with a fried egg.
Sly’s Sliders and Fries | Savannah, GA
Ever been to a hot dog joint and the foodie in you couldn’t settle for just one dog? Well at Sly’s you don’t have to. They offer slider style dogs for just $3 each so you don’t have to settle for just one dog. Everything is made in store to guarantee freshness. Located close to downtown Savannah, this hole in the wall is sure to blow your mind. A slider dog that you must try is the Cowgirl dog. A small hot dog loaded with jalapenos, fried onions, cheddar cheese and topped with barbecue sauce.
Dat Dog | New Orleans, LA
If you’re looking for a laid back atmosphere with some great food, look no more! Dat Dog workers are confident that they can “put a smile on your face”. The restaurant has a calming vibe. They have ping pong tables available to customers while they wait. If you don’t want to leave your pooch behind, bring them with you! Dat Dog is pet friendly. They offer water bowls to make sure your furry friend is as comfortable as you. Now… on to the meal. You can’t go wrong with the Turducken dog: a mixture of duck, turkey and chicken all in one sausage served on a toasted bun. If you’re feeling adventurous, choose the chef’s special and let the cook decide what to put on your hot dog. Don’t forget to try the New Orleans classic Nectar Soda and then you’re meal will be complete. Come hungry to get the full effect!
Dreamy Weenies | New Orleans, LA
If you need a break from Bourbon Street, make your way over to Dreamy Weenies. This hot dog hub, conveniently located across from Louis Armstrong Park, is vegan and vegetarian friendly. They offer Halal, Kosher and Vegan options, and they don’t mix pots. It is cash only, but there is an ATM inside. Despite the name, these dogs aren’t weenies, they’re about 7 inches long and packed with toppings. These dogs are served on freshly made bread. Customers are encouraged to dress their dog however they like. And whatever dog you choose, make sure to complement it with a side of their seasoned waffle fries. You won’t regret it.
Buldogis Gourmet Hot Dogs | Las Vegas, NV
If you want some kick in your hot dog, this is the place for you. Buldogis puts an Asian spin on their hot dogs and offer a variety of Asian sides to complement them. This restaurant is worth venturing off the strip. Buldogis loads up their quarter pound dogs with many different toppings. Each dog is placed in a sesame seed bun that is baked fresh daily. Try the Hawaiian hot dog for a salty but sweet dog. A dog covered in pork belly, pineapple salsa, green onions and drizzled with honey Dijon mustard is sure to rock your taste buds.