The Best Hot Dogs in Every State
From coast to coast, these are America's most iconic hot dog joints!
Taste of Home
No matter where you live or where you’re headed, we’re happy to send you to the country’s best frankfurter stands. With help from the Taste of Home Field Editors, we found the best hot dogs in every state! (Here are the best hot dogs you can buy at a store near you.)
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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!
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BK Tacos, Tucson
A hot dog at a taco joint? Yes, and it’s a good one! The BK Tacos 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!
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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.)
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Cupid’s Hot Dogs, Canoga Park
Richard and Bernice Walsh opened this hot dog stand in 1946. “Cupid” was Richard’s nickname for Bernice. (Aw!) Today all three Cupid’s locations are still run by third-generation Walsh family members. Ann Marie Eberhart of Gig Harbor, Washington, loved having their chili dogs when she lived in California! The menu is simple but the hot dogs are as popular as ever.
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Harley’s—A Hot Dog Revolution, Littleton
Harley’s is beloved for their creative and flavorful hot dogs and brats. Try their Mile High Dog topped with roast beef and horseradish sauce, or their Italian dog known as Eddie Spaghetti. It’s their Chili Pie Dog (homemade, chili, jalapenos and corn chips) that’s really calling my name!
Carol’s Lunchbox, Farmington
At this charming hot dog stand you’ll find steamed franks, tasty toppings like chili, melted cheddar, homemade hot pepper relish—and you may just get a song. Hot dog proprietor and talented singer Carol loves to belt out hot dog-inspired tunes!
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Johnnie’s Dog House, Wilmington
Johnnie’s has a dog for everyone: Chicago-style dogs, chili dogs, corn dogs, even a “Plain Ol’Dog.” They also have one of the most unusual combos I’ve seen: The Monkey Hill Dog is topped with bananas, crunchy peanut butter, bacon and honey. (See how to take your hot dog toppings to the next level.)
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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.
Doggy Dogg, Decatur
Doggy Dogg began as a table at a local farmers market, then settled in at a cozy brick-and-mortar shop. They’re known for using the highest quality ingredients, locally made breads and adventurous flavors with toppings like kimchi, house-made pimiento cheese and spicy onion relish.
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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.
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Franko’s Dog House, Post Falls
Franko’s loves creating specialty hot dogs, with seasonal franks made from elk and reindeer. The most unique hot dog has to be the Huckleberry Hound topped with huckleberry chipotle sauce and mozzarella. Want two? Order the Double Dog Dare Ya!
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?)
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Fort Wayne’s Famous Coney Island Wiener Stand, Fort Wayne
Kizmet Byrd lives in Fort Wayne, Indiana, and tipped us off to this iconic spot. Not much has changed in this shop since it opened in 1914, and they still serve around 2,000 hot dogs each day. The classic Coneys are topped with homemade sauce (here’s our version), mustard and chopped onions.
Steburgers, Fort Dodge
Anna Miller of Churdan, Iowa, recommends Steburgers, a family restaurant that serves burgers, shakes and the best Coneys in the city. She says the seasoned meat sauce is fantastic, and it’s generously ladled over the dogs. With a side of fries and a frosty malted, it’s a perfect meal!
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Wiener Kitchen, 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 Kitchen. Their Classic Dog is made from brisket and flavorful wagyu beef and topped with house-made ketchup.
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Sky Bridge Station, Pine Ridge
Spend a day climbing in the Red River Gorge, and when you’ve worked up an appetite head to nearby Sky Bridge Station. In the rustic cabin have a gourmet dog, like the Steakhouse, loaded with onions, peppers and steak sauce. Wash everything down with Kentucky craft beer.
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Frankie’s Dawg House, Baton Rouge
This gourmet hot dog house is so cute, from the peaceful outdoor patio to the lively decor inside. And the menu! Classics like a Chicago Dawg and Chili Cheese Dawg, but also specialty dawgs featuring duck, deer or gator sausage.
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Blue Rooster Food Company, Portland
The Blue Rooster has an upscale take on comfort food. The locally sourced dogs have intriguing flavor combinations like the Thai Peanut dog with peanut sauce and daikon, or the Wagon Wheel with bacon, barbecue sauce and pickled jalapenos.
Find Stuggy’s famous dogs at the Fells Street restaurant and also at the ballgames at Oriole Park. The hands-down favorite dog created by this father-son business is the Crab Mac: an all-beef dog topped with homemade mac n’ cheese, crab meat and Old Bay seasoning.
Grumpy’s Dogs, West Boylston
The name says Grumpy, but the customers say the service at this food truck is wonderful! Paired with great service are delicious hot dogs like the Mac-Roni, and the T.N.T. deep-fried in an eggroll wrapper with jalapeno cream cheese.
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Lafayette Coney Island, Detroit
Tahnia Fox of Trenton, Michigan, recommends this hot dog shop in downtown Detroit. This iconic restaurant opened in 1936 and today still serves classic Coneys: a hot dog in a steamed bun, topped with chopped onion, mustard and a meaty chili sauce made from a closely-guarded, family recipe.
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! (Hey, is the hot dog actually a sandwich?)
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Dis & Dem, Hattiesburg
Before opening this spot in Hattiesburg, the owners were restaurateurs in New Orleans—and they brought that NOLA flavor to Dis & Dem. The hot dog choices include gator and crawfish, and there are spicy Louisiana sausages, too. And to top your dog, how about Crawfish Etouffee?
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Dogs N Frys, Florissant
The variety of specialty dogs available at this hot dog spot are impressive: 25+ on the menu plus ever-changing specials that pop up each week. (A Reuben Dog on a marble rye bun was one recent creation!) There are loaded fries to have on the side, and even a Dessert Dog to round out the meal.
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Covered Wagon Hot Dogs, Missoula
The mobile Covered Wagon hot dog kitchens make weekly appearances at Missoula music and food events, and are a favorite to cater private events. We’d like to try the Pepperoni Pizza dog loaded with melted cheese and marinara.
B&B Grill and Arcade, Bellevue
The arcade games, a fun, casual atmosphere and yummy food all make B&B a great place to gather. They have great dogs too, like The Big B: a bacon-wrapped fried hot dog on a stick.
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.
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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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Maui’s Dog House, North Wildwood
Maui’s Dog House is a fun roadside stand, not far from the shore, that has been featured on Diners, Drive-ins and Dives. There are more than 20 hot dogs and 30 different toppings. Their most popular dog is the Forget-About-It, which is loaded with chili, onions, cheese and bacon.
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Foxy Drive-In, Clovis
We love the classic look and feel of Foxy, where families in Clovis have been chowing down since 1956. The menu must look much the same today as it did then: strawberry sundaes, fried chicken and, of course, hot dogs! What a great place to get a classic chili dog or a golden corn dog on a stick.
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Frank’s Gourmet Hot Dogs, Buffalo
The franks from Frank’s are not only delicious, they’re also made on-location with local meats. Rita Sumers of Niagara Falls, New York, says Frank’s truck would come to her college campus and people would line up for miles to get some dogs!
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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.
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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.
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Scooter’s World Famous Dawg House, Mentor
We were tipped off to Scooter’s by Diane Shipley of Mentor, Ohio. The owners say their dawgs are so tasty because they’re deep-fried to a crispy finish. The hot dogs come in three sizes, but the largest is the Homewrecker: a whopping half-pound hot dog!
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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!
Yocco’s West, Allentown
The recipe for Yocco’s famous chili sauce is the same, secret recipe they’ve used since they opened in 1922. Susan Bickta of Kutztown, Pennsylvania, says that chili sauce is amazing, and she always orders her hot dogs with “the works:” chili sauce, mustard and chopped onions.
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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.
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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.
Hungry Dog, Mitchell
Hungry Dog a great lunch spot with hot dogs that are delicious and quite creative. The intriguing Egg Dog is fried in an egg roll wrapper, served with slaw and wasabi mayonnaise, and the Slaw Dog is loaded with savory barbecue pulled pork.
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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.
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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.
J Dawgs, Provo
They keep things simple at J Dawg’s—a beef or Polish hot dog with a handful of condiments, and this means the quality and taste of the dogs are front and center. Their customers swear that these are the best dawgs in Utah.
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Lake Monsters Baseball Games, Burlington
There’s nothing like a hot dog at a ballgame on a warm summer evening. The Lake Monsters baseball games are a Burlington-area family favorite, and the hot dogs are delicious: steamed and served with the classic ketchup, mustard and relish. The 25-cent hot dog nights are always very popular!
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Skeeter’s World Famous Hotdogs, Wytheville
The dogs at Skeeter’s are simply dressed with chili, slaw, mustard and onion, and generations have enjoyed visiting this iconic restaurant. Skeeter’s is not only famous for the tasty dogs, though. The building is also the birthplace of First Lady Edith Wilson, wife of Woodrow Wilson.
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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.
Morrison’s Drive-In, Logan
Morrison’s is an institution, a local favorite since 1947. They have sandwiches, chicken and chili dogs that customers say are the best in the state. Their big red and white sign above the drive-in has frequent specials—you may just find a 99-cent hot dog when you visit!
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The reviews for Martino’s praise the great food, friendly service and the best hot dogs in the state. They have served Vienna Beef hot dogs since they opened in the ’70s, and the Chili Cheese Dog is a customer favorite.
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Pitchfork Fondue Outdoor Western Cookout, Pinedale
If you have ever cooked a hot dog over a campfire, you will love how Pitchfork Fondue takes it to a whole new level. It’s a true Western outdoor cookout with meats skewered on the tines of a pitchfork and cooked over a wood fire.
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