America’s Top 40 Favorite Hot Dog Joints

0 Comments | July 5, 2019

We recently discovered that Foursquare came up with a list of the best hot-dog joints in America by digging through millions of user reviews and ratings.  Foursquare users can save their favorite restaurants, so Foursquare was able to find out which hot-dog joints were people’s favorites. The list below features 40 of America’s favorite hot dog joints from 15 different states, and from coast to coast.  They are not listed in any particular order.

Hillbilly Hot Dogs — 6951 Ohio River Road, Lesage, WV

40. Hillbilly Hot Dogs — Lesage, West Virginia

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Hot dogs come with a variety of toppings at this rustic food stand that attracts a bustling crowd. Started by a “West Virginia hillbilly and a California city girl,” Hillbilly Hot Dogs is housed in two old-school buses that sit along the banks of the Ohio River, making for an unusual but fun location. Those with an especially large appetite should try the “Homewrecker,” a 15-inch, 1-pound all-beef hot dog with everything from cheese to chili to peppers.

The Red Hot — 2914 6th Avenue, Tacoma, WA

39. The Red Hot — Tacoma, Washington

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An over-21 spot for creative hot dogs plus ample rotating craft beers & an easygoing environment. Diners say the beer selection at The Red Hot is unbeatable and so are the hot dogs. The beer all comes from microbreweries — most in Washington — and the hot dogs are described as “gourmet.”

Fab Hot Dogs — 19417 Victory Boulevard, Tarzana, CA

38. Fab Hot Dogs — Tarzana, California

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Bare-bones fast-food spot serving franks & sausages with diverse toppings, plus burgers & fries. Fab Hot Dogs brings hot dogs traditionally found on the East Coast, to the West Coast. The restaurant’s specialty is The Ripper — a New Jersey hot dog that’s deep-fried in oil.

Ted’s Hot Dogs — 1755 E Broadway Road, Tempe, AZ

37. Ted's Hot Dogs — Tempe, Arizona

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A long-running chain known for its charcoal-grilled hot dogs & other fast food fare since 1927.  The Phoenix New Times wrote, “It’s true: The hot dogs here are out-of-the-world terrific: Plump and juicy and cooked just right; crispy on the outside and moist and meaty on the inside.”

Lipuma’s Coney Island — 621 North Main Street, Rochester, MI

36. Lipuma's Coney Island — Rochester, Michigan

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Lipuma’s is a no-frills roadside spot specializing in hot dogs with an assortment of toppings combinations. Foursquare and Yelp reviewers say Lipuma’s serves up the best Coney Island hot dogs in the area. Some favorites on the menu include the Coney Island, the Mexican hot dog, and the chili cheese fries.

Jonny B’z Dogs & More — 638 Wealthy Street Southeast, Grand Rapids, MI

35. Jonny B'z Dogs & More — Grand Rapids, Michigan

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Jonny B’s is a counter-serve spot with pinball machines & a vintage vibe offering hot dogs & burgers with toppings. Most diners agree that hot-dog buns are what set Jonny B’z apart. They’re grilled to perfection, not the flimsy tasteless buns you’ll find at the grocery store. The Hampton Meeks — hot dogs served with chili, coleslaw, and mustard — is a popular menu item.

Rutt’s Hut — 417 River Road, Clifton, NJ

34. Rutt's Hut — Clifton, New Jersey

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Rutt’s is a cash-only, no-frills hot dog joint a walk-up counter that has been serving deep-fried hot dogs since 1928. They’re best known for their rippers and special relish — the recipe still remains a secret.

Johnnie’s Beef — 7500 West North Avenue, Elmwood Park, IL

33. Johnnie's Beef — Elmwood Park, Illinois

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Johnnie’s Beef is a tiny, no-frills, cash-only hot dog stand serving sausage & beef plus Italian ice, fries & shakes. Some fans believe this to be the home of Chicago‘s finest Italian beef sandwich, but their hot dogs and Italian ice get rave reviews as well. Expect a long line.

Dogma — 7030 Biscayne Boulevard, Miami, FL

32. Dogma — Miami

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Dogma is a small hot dog joint with a takeout window & patio for outdoor dining.  It is known for its beef, turkey & veggie franks with unusual topping options on its specialty hot dogs, Dogma offers everything from baked beans to bacon to sauerkraut. It even has veggie hot dogs, as well as a turkey corn dog.

Coney Island — 131 West Main Street, Fort Wayne, IN

31. Coney Island — Fort Wayne, Indiana

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Established in 1914, this bustling eatery is known for hot dogs also offers burgers, chili & pie. Coney Island is an institution in Fort Wayne; the restaurant still serves its “fountain pop” in glass bottles. The old-fashioned diner hasn’t changed much since 1914 and the menu hasn’t changed much either. There are Coney dogs and cheese dogs as well as chili, hamburgers, and cheeseburgers.

Moon Tower Inn — 3004 Canal Street, Houston, TX

30. Moon Tower Inn — Houston

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The Moon Tower Inn is a relaxed outdoor brewpub that is best known for its game-meat & specialty hot dogs.  They have 66 beers on tap (a few of which are made on-site), a selection of wild game sausages and hamburgers, and a fun,  irreverent notion of what constitutes customer service.

Dog Haus — 105 North Hill Avenue, Pasadena, CA

29. Dog Haus — Pasadena, California

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Dog Haus is a hot dog joint that serves elaborately topped franks on Hawaiian bread.  It’s famous hot dogs are nestled into a bun made of three grilled Hawaiian buns and served with topping combinations that most people have never seen before and will not see again. One favorite of many diners comes with Kimchi; another comes with a fried egg.

Steve’s Hot Dogs On The Hill — 2131 Marconi Avenue, St. Louis, MO

28. Steve's Hot Dogs On The Hill — St. Louis

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The elevated, hickory-smoked hot dogs & sausages are the draw at this easygoing counter-serve hot dog joint. Steve’s seems to add a new hot dog to its menu every week or two; the long-time favorites are the backyard BBQ dog topped with baked beans, potato salad, bacon, and BBQ sauce, and the Gorilla Mac and Cheese dog, that comes topped with bacon, fried onions, and mac and cheese.

The Windmill Of West End — 586 Ocean Boulevard, Long Branch, NJ

27. The Windmill Of West End — Long Branch, New Jersey

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Windmill Hot Dogs is a chain of quick-stop hot dog & burger joints in a can’t-miss roadside red windmill building.  The hot dogs are good, but the selection is basic: The offer plain dogs, cheese dogs, chili dogs, and chili cheese dogs, but locals love them.

Dune Dog Cafe — 775 North Alternate A1A, Jupiter, FL

26. Dune Dog Cafe — Jupiter, Florida

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Inspired by Key West, Dune Dog boasts a “happy island atmosphere” where they serve sandwiches & salads as well as delicious hot dogs. The restaurant has plenty of picnic tables for dining outside and a variety of hot dogs to choose from, such as the Chicago dog or the Southwest dog.

Tony Packo’s Cafe — 1902 Front Street, Toledo, OH

25. Tony Packo's Cafe — Toledo, Ohio

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Tony Packo’s is a casual, long-running Hungarian-American spot that offers signature hot dogs, soups & classic entrees. Serving authentic Hungarian food since 1932, Tony Packo’s offers a delicious selection, from sweet hot pickles to the signature Packo’s chili hot dog. They were featured on the hit 1970’s TV show ‘M*A*S*H’.

Bobbie’s Dairy Dip — 5301 Charlotte Avenue, Nashville, TN

24. Bobbie's Dairy Dip — Nashville Tennessee

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This nostalgic, circa-1951 ice cream parlor & burger stand with neon accents & outdoor tables is known mainly for its ice cream and milkshakes, but locals say Bobbie’s also serves delicious hot dogs as well as fries and burgers. Ice cream is served until 9 p.m. Monday through Thursday, but the kitchen is only open until 8 p.m.

Vicious Dogs North Hollywood — 5231 Lankershim Boulevard, North Hollywood, CA

23. Vicious Dogs North Hollywood — North Hollywood, California

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Vicious Dogs is a funky counter-serve joint serving a mix of creative hot dogs & sausages, plus chili cheese fries.  They incorporate a lot of different cuisines into their dogs — Asian, Polish, Mediterranean, Italian, and more. Their Bermuda Triangle hot dog features an enticing combination of calamari, nacho cheese, bacon, Italian sausage, on top of a chipotle Louisiana sausage.

Dreamy Weenies — 724 North Rampart, New Orleans, LA

22. Dreamy Weenies — New Orleans

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Dream Weenies is a New Orleans-style hot dog joint with a NOLA flare.  Dream Weenies serves hot dogs with toppings like red beans & rice, grits & BBQ shrimp sauce, straight out of New Orleans’ historic French Quarter.

Sup Dogs — 213 East Fifth Street, Greenville, NC

21. Sup Dogs — Greenville, North Carolina

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This casual joint serves up hot dogs, burgers & chicken sandwiches, plus frozen alcoholic drinks & beer. Diners rave about the Sup Dog Sauce at Sup Dogs. The menu offers a selection of 14 unique specialty hot dogs including a Hawaiian dog with sweet pineapple and honey mustard and a deep-fried Taquito dog with jalapenos.

Lafayette Coney Island — 118 West Lafayette Boulevard, Detroit, MI

20. Lafayette Coney Island — Detroit

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Lafayette is a cash-only, 1970s-style hot dog diner that offers a no-frills menu of chili-topped dogs, burgers & fries. It is across the street from American Coney Island.  Both restaurants are Detroit institutions serving traditional Coney Island-style dogs. Real Detroiters say Lafayette is the best and suggest ordering “one with everything”.

Short Leash Mobile Hot Dog Eatery — 110 East Roosevelt Street, Phoenix, AZ

19. Short Leash Mobile Hot Dog Eatery — Phoenix

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This is the brick-&-mortar outpost of the popular food truck in Phoenix that serves creative hot dogs & retro comfort foods. There are three permanent locations now in addition to the food truck, and boy, do these guys make amazing hot dogs. They come on flatbread, so it’s different. Many folks recommend the ‘Lady,’ which is topped with fried pickles and chipotle cream cheese, or the Bear, which comes with peanut butter, smoked gouda cheese, bacon, bbq sauce, and cracker jacks.  Amazing.

Pincho Factory — 9860 Southwest 40th Street, Miami, FL

18. Pincho Factory — Miami

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Pincho serves Latin-style burgers & Brazilian-influenced skewers plus hot dogs & beer in a lively, modern space. Pincho, in Spanish, means skewer, which is what this restaurant specializes in. Although the restaurant is best known for its burgers, Pincho also offers a range of quality specialty hot dogs.

Frank Restaurant — 407 Colorado Street, Austin, TX

17. Frank Restaurant — Austin, Texas

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Franks offers exotic hot dogs & sausages – from venison to veggie – plus sides, cocktails & brunch.  With clever names such as the Jackalope, the Texalina, and the Notorious P.I.G., Frank’s dogs are both creative and tasty. The sides — think waffle fries — are good too, but beware that they’re the size of an entree, so come hungry or share with a friend.

Rosamunde Sausage Grill — 545 Haight Street, San Francisco, CA

16. Rosamunde Sausage Grill — San Francisco

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Roasmunds is a hip hole-in-the-wall spot for a variety of homemade grilled sausages on buns, plus craft beer.  With beer-garden seating and 27 beers on tap, Roasmunds offers more than just hot dogs. The restaurant also boasts an impressive list of authentic German and Austrian sausages, so order something out of the box here, such as a Nurnberger bratwurst or a traditional German weisswurst.

Jack’s Cosmic Dogs — 2805 North Highway 17, Pleasant, SC

15. Jack's Cosmic Dogs — Pleasant, South Carolina

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Jack’s Cosmic Dogs is a kitschy space-themed spot serving hot dogs topped with creative condiments, plus sides & ice cream. The cosmic dog seems to be the most popular at this hole-in-the-wall joint. The hot dog is topped with Jack’s blue cheese coleslaw and famous sweet potato mustard. They point out on their menu that celebrity chef, TV personality, and cookbook author, Alton Brown said this hot dog was “the best thing he ever ate”.

Dirty Frank’s Hot Dog Palace — 248 South 4th Street, Columbus, OH

14. Dirty Frank's Hot Dog Palace — Columbus, Ohio

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Franks serves hot dogs piled high with offbeat toppings. Frank’s offers a wide variety of dogs — with something like 31 different specialty dogs, plus one that you can customize. Yelp users seem to feel you can’t go wrong no matter which hot dog you choose.

Memphis Taproom — 2331 East Cumberland Street, Philadelphia, PA

13. Memphis Taproom — Philadelphia

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The Memphis Taproom features a rotating beer lineup and Southern comfort food including vegan options in a quaint space . One of the local favorites at Memphis Taproom is the kielbasa grinder, a kielbasa sausage served with sauerkraut, cheddar, and beer mustard.

Willie’s Wee-Nee Wagon — 3599 Altama Avenue, Brunswick, GA

12. Willie's Wee-Nee Wagon — Brunswick, Georgia

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This veteran, no-frills fast-food joint is known for its hot dogs, burgers & pork chop sandwiches.  Although it’s just a simple roadside stop, Willie’s serves traditional hot dogs along with a pork chop sandwich that’s a favorite among locals.

Portillo’s Hot Dogs — 100 West Ontario Street, Chicago, IL

11. Portillo's Hot Dogs — Chicago

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Starting off as a small hot-dog stand in 1963 just outside Chicago, Portillo’s has grown to become one of Chicago’s largest fast-casual restaurants with over two dozen locations.  Each location has its own fun theme.  Portillo’s is a Chicago favorite for Italian beef, hot dogs, and the chain’s homemade chocolate cake. If you’re looking for a true Chicago-style hot dog, many people this is it, although, in my opinion, the quality of the food has suffered as the chain has expanded.

Yesterdog — 1505 Wealthy Street Southeast, Grand Rapids, MI

10. Yesterdog — Grand Rapids, Michigan

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Yesterday is a boisterous hot dog joint offering fun hot dogs options in a well-worn, vintage-style eatery. As its name suggests, Yesterdog will take you back to the good ol’ days and make you feel nostalgic. It’s cash only, and the walls are lined with various memorabilia. There’s no such thing as a “plain” hot dog here, so try the Yesterdog that comes with chili, onion, mustard, ketchup, and pickle relish, with a dill pickle on the side.

Dogtown — 691 Monroe Avenue, Rochester, NY

9. Dogtown — Rochester, New York

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Dogtown is a tiny road-side shack known for its German-style franks named after famous dog breeds. For example, the Rhodesian Ridgeback is described as “a dog sleeping on a bed of coleslaw with grilled tomatoes and melted provolone.”

The Greasy Wiener Truck — 1340 South Sanderson Avenue, Anaheim, CA

8. The Greasy Wiener Truck — Anaheim, California

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The Greasy Wiener cruises the streets of Los Angeles serving up New Jersey-style hot dogs with a west coast flavor. Adam “Iggy” Dragotta has created his own homemade recipe with C.I.A.chef Eric Maczko to ensure they bring to you the best wiener (frankfurter) to ever hit the market!  The Greasy Wiener refers to itself as “the best wieners on wheels.” If you’re looking for something a little more adventuresome than your average dog, try the Brat Jovi, a cheddar infused brat topped with peppers, onions, and relish.

Crif Dogs — 113 St. Marks Place, New York, NY

7. Crif Dogs — New York City

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Crif Dogs is known for its hot dogs with creative toppings and it’s late-night hours make this spot a natural place to get your post-bar munchies. The Village Voice called Crif Dogs the best hot-dog place in New York City. New Yorkers love the spicy redneck — a bacon-wrapped dog with chili coleslaw and jalapeno peppers.

Superdawg Drive-In — 6363 North Milwaukee Avenue, Chicago, IL

6. Superdawg Drive-In — Chicago

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Superdawg is a classic circa-1948 drive-in complete with neon where carhops deliver Chicago-style dogs, fries & milkshakes straight to your car. The Wall Street Journal called Superdawg “iconic hot dog heaven.” Served in boxes with a heaping portion of waffle fries, the dogs at Superdawg are truly a taste of Chicago.

Jake’s Handcrafted / Der Kommissar — 559 5th Avenue, Brooklyn, NY

5. Jake's Handcrafted / Der Kommissar — Brooklyn, New York

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Jake’s is an Austrian hangout that serves homemade sausages & growlers of beer in a narrow, modest space. The owners have been neighborhood fixtures for years. Sausages, tasty pickles, sides, and mustard served all night.

Biker Jim’s Gourmet Dogs — 2148 Larimer Street, Denver, CO

4. Biker Jim's Gourmet Dogs — Denver

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Biker Jim’s serves up distinctive hot dogs (like boar, elk, rattlesnake and reindeer) & interesting toppings, complete with micro-brewed beers, a distinct biker vibe & late weekend hours, all at reasonable prices.

Wurstküche — 800 East 3rd Street, Los Angeles, CA

3. Wurstküche — Los Angeles

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Wurstküche is a hip beer hall that serves exotic sausages like rabbit & snake, plus fries & imported beers. The sausages are exotic and are the real draw, but the cavernous space in back with disco balls, live music, and picnic tables is also a lot of fun.

Happy Dog — 5801 Detroit Avenue, Cleveland, OH

2. Happy Dog — Cleveland, Ohio

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Happy Dog offers quarter-pound hot dogs with creative toppings plus live music & 75+ tap beers in a convivial space. Diners describe Happy Dog as a dive bar with delicious dogs, a fun atmosphere, and good beer and music.

Shake Shack — 11 Madison Avenue, New York, NY

1. Shake Shack — New York City

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Hip, counter-serve chain for gourmet takes on fast-food classics like burgers & frozen custard. While Shake Shack is traditionally known for its burgers, the chain began as an hot-dog cart in New York City’s Madison Square Park. Its dogs like the Shack-cago dog are “split and griddled crisp” and come with traditional toppings such as relish, onions, tomatoes, and pickles.

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