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Find hot dog nirvana at Luscher's.
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Where to Eat Dallas-Fort Worth's Finest Hot Dogs

Tube meat heaven exists. Here's where to find it.

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Find hot dog nirvana at Luscher's.
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Hot dogs, much like baseball and apple pie, are about as American as it gets. The hot dog may be German in origin, but the tasty tube meats have been thoroughly Americanized in any number of ways — whether it's the traditional Chicago-style dog perched on a poppy seed bun or a chili and cheese-smothered version ideal for chasing a few beers. Wherever your hot dog preferences lie, here's where to eat DFW's finest.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Luscher's Post Oak Red Hots

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2653 Commerce St
Dallas, TX 75226
(214) 434-1006
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What Heisenberg was to meth, Luscher's is to wieners. The smoke, the snap, the bun, even the zesty, creamy-like-bechamel mustard (which is, naturally, made and perfected in-house) — from top to bottom, Luscher's are as good as hot dogs get. Gild the already-delicious lily with the chili dog, slathered in Northerner-style chili (yes, it's got beans), sharp cheddar, and Fritos. [Photo: Luscher's/Facebook]

2. Hofmann Hots

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340 Singleton Blvd
Dallas, TX 75212
(214) 760-9977
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Stepping into Hofmann Hots in Trinity Groves is like stepping into a 1950s time warp, except on the walls of Hofmann there hangs an impressively excessive amount of signs that contain wiener puns. It's good, though, that Hofmann exists, because they are churning out reliably good hot dogs on baked­-in-house buns that are perfectly, pleasingly toasted. Go all-American with a classic dog, or get crazy with the Himalayan dog topped with curry aioli, onion chutney, and crispy fried onions. [Photo: Hofmann Hots/Facebook]

3. Wild About Harry's

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3113 Knox St
Dallas, TX 75205
(214) 520-3113
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Before Brian Luscher and Phil Romano turned Dallas hot dogs into a thing, there was Wild About Harry's on Knox Street, serving franks and custard with zero fanfare. Since 1996, that now-iconic, equal-parts-adorable-and-creepy anthropomorphic hot dog has stood at the storefront, waving and grinning at every customer. Owner Harry Coley sadly passed away recently, but Wild About Harry's remains open for business. And the dogs — they serve 10 different types — remain simple, honest, and excellent. Go here, hot dog hipsters, because Harry cared about it before it was cool. [Photo: Whitney Filloon/EDFW]

4. Goodfriend Beer Garden and Burger House

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1154 Peavy Rd
Dallas, TX 75218
(214) 324-3335
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Since the day they opened their doors, Goodfriend has recognized, and respected, the symbiotic relationship that booze and hot dogs inarguably share. At Goodfriend, they care about the quality of both meat and beer; while everyone knows about their sizable and eclectic craft-beer selection, what people may not realize is where they get their hot dogs from: the veteran and heralded meat-processing experts at Rudolph's in Deep Ellum. It's these high-quality hot dogs, whether beer-battered and deep-fried, or nestled in a pretzel bun and smothered in hearty beer-cheese sauce, that make Goodfriend a go-to for meats in tube form. [Photo: Goodfriend/Facebook]

5. Twisted Root Burger Company

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2615 Commerce St
Dallas, TX 75226
(214) 741-7668
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At Deep Ellum stalwart Twisted Root, you get to build your own foot-long dog, and the opportunities for customization are seemingly endless: guacamole? Blue cheese? Nacho cheese? Sauteed mushrooms? Spicy relish? Why the hell not. Or, if you're the traditional sort, you can order your foot-long sans accoutrement, but still get wild and crazy with their patented assortment of flavored ketchups, pickles, and mustards. And if you ask nicely, they'll also serve you up a foot-long hot­dog version of one of their inventive and unusual burger choices — perhaps the Southern Comfort would do nicely, with its bourbon barbecue sauce, fried green tomatoes, and cheddar cheese. [Photo: Twisted Root]

6. Little Red Wasp

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808 Main St
Fort Worth, TX 76102
(817) 877-3111
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Little sister to fancy (and frequently lauded) Fort Worth restaurant Grace, the Little Red Wasp serves more approachable — but still elevated — fare. While the Wasp's dog is sloppy (it's covered in housemade chili, cheddar cheese, and dill relish for a squirt of acidity) it somehow retains a dignified chef sensibility. Probably because it's made from meat of the highest quality: an all-beef dog from 44 Farms in Cameron, Texas, whose meats you may recognize from such high-falutin' menus as Knife or Hibiscus. [Photo: Little Red Wasp/Facebook]

7. The Dog Stop

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6857 Arapaho Rd
Dallas, TX 75248
(972) 233-7723
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Way the hell out in almost-Addison, the inconspicuous Dog Stop slings its tubular meats out of a tiny, Wienerschnitzel-esque kiosk that is marooned in a sad, somewhat-dilapidated strip mall. But what the Dog Stop lacks in aesthetics it makes up for in Chicago-style authenticity, hawking Vienna Beef hot dogs on poppy seed buns adorned with pickled peppers, tomatoes, onions, and tangy yellow mustard — just like they do in the windiest of cities. The keys are the Vienna Beef franks, which have legit substance and snap, and the poppy seed buns, which add satisfying texture. [Photo: Joe W./Yelp]

8. Mutts Canine Cantina

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2889 Cityplace West Blvd
Dallas, TX 75204
(214) 377-8723
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In Uptown, part-bar, part-dog-park Mutts offers a variety of hot dogs to satiate the leash-holding, designer-shades-wearing, day-drinking 20-something masses that patronize the place. Their all-beef franks, which are from legendary hot-dog makers Nathan's, provide a snappy, sturdy base for several amusingly named renditions. The Al Bundy, for example, is soaked in beer, and the Jessica Alba, dressed with piquant peppers, is aptly named for being mighty hot. The standout, though, is the coleslaw that is heaped atop the Slaw Dog. It's a well-balanced commingling of flavors and textures: crunchy, creamy, acidic, and savory. [Photo: Margo Sivin/EDFW]

9. Samson's Gourmet Hot Dogs

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2615 Oak Lawn Ave
Dallas, TX 75219
(214) 468-4560
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Their website bills their wieners as "nine inches of fun in a bun," and while that isn't a subtle joke, the flavors in their hot dogs aren't either. Samson's gets their dogs custom-made from long-time meat stalwarts Kuby's, meaning the hot dogs are far from wimpy. Specialty versions — a veggie option with quinoa and lentils, a turkey dog topped with mac and cheese — are some of the most creative in town. Bonus: Samson's is both a dog- and gluten-free-friendly establishment. [Photo: Samson's/Facebook]

10. Ten Bells Tavern

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232 W 7th St
Dallas, TX 75208
(214) 943-2677
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Praise is routinely heaped on this Oak Cliff institution for its way-better-than-it-has-to-be bar food: the fish and chips, the chicken wings, the short rib frites, the mac and cheese. But when you're at Ten Bells and you're overserved, only their late-night menu offers the entree that can help. It's called Carlito's Chili Dog, and while it doesn't look pretty, by the end of this drunken night, neither do you. Wolf it down; let it soothe you, comfort you, cure you. Then stagger back out into the night, trying to find the answers to life's riddles that, ironically, can only be answered at Ten Bells with one word: Carlito. [Photo: Ten Bells Tavern/Facebook]

11. Magnolia Motor Lounge

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3005 Morton St
Fort Worth, TX 76107
(817) 332-3344
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One of the original settlers of the now Uptown-lite West 7th neighborhood in Funkytown, Magnolia Motor Lounge is more than one of the best places in the Metroplex to see good, original, interesting, inspired local music every night of the week. The bar food is pretty good too, notably the four or so hot-dog options, made with Hebrew National all-beef kosher franks. The Junk Yard version is without question the one to nosh on: a deep-fried dog smothered in an unholy alchemy of chili, cheese, mustard, ketchup, jalapenos, and smoky, silky grilled onions. [Photo: Magnolia Motor Lounge/Facebook]

12. Angry Dog

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2726 Commerce St
Dallas, TX 75226
(214) 741-4406
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Angry Dog is named after its signature hot dog offering – or is that the other way around? — and the namesake dog has won countless "Best Hot Dog" awards from various publications around town. Once you get this knife-and-fork-necessary beast of a dog in front of you, it's easy to see why: the all-beef kosher dog is tossed on the grill to get a nice char, then piled high with mustard, chili, grilled onions, and cheddar cheese. [Photo: Angry Dog/Facebook]

13. Jerry's Wood Fired Dogs

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6340 Gaston Ave
Dallas, TX 75214
(214) 750-7053
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As the name would imply, the wieners here are cooked over wood, imparting a nice smoky flavor that's welcome in any and all of the many wacky varieties – from the California dog (avocado, tomato, grilled veggies, and honey mustard) to the meaty pastrami dog with spicy brown mustard. You can also build-your-own with a ton of different topping options, from a fried egg to mac and cheese and even pulled pork. [Photo: Phillip B./Yelp]

14. Cold Beer Company

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3600 Main St
Dallas, TX 75226
(214) 370-9301
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Cold Beer Company keeps it local by sourcing their dogs from nearby Rudolph's Meat Market, so you know it's gonna be legit. This laid-back bar subscribes to the "more is more" theory, loading their hot dogs down with hearty topping combos like bacon, jalapenos, queso, and avocado (that's the Señor) or mac and cheese and brisket (the Vern). Any of them will do quite nicely to soak up a stomach full of beer. [Photo: Cold Beer Company/Facebook]

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1. Luscher's Post Oak Red Hots

2653 Commerce St, Dallas, TX 75226
What Heisenberg was to meth, Luscher's is to wieners. The smoke, the snap, the bun, even the zesty, creamy-like-bechamel mustard (which is, naturally, made and perfected in-house) — from top to bottom, Luscher's are as good as hot dogs get. Gild the already-delicious lily with the chili dog, slathered in Northerner-style chili (yes, it's got beans), sharp cheddar, and Fritos. [Photo: Luscher's/Facebook]
2653 Commerce St
Dallas, TX 75226

2. Hofmann Hots

340 Singleton Blvd, Dallas, TX 75212
Stepping into Hofmann Hots in Trinity Groves is like stepping into a 1950s time warp, except on the walls of Hofmann there hangs an impressively excessive amount of signs that contain wiener puns. It's good, though, that Hofmann exists, because they are churning out reliably good hot dogs on baked­-in-house buns that are perfectly, pleasingly toasted. Go all-American with a classic dog, or get crazy with the Himalayan dog topped with curry aioli, onion chutney, and crispy fried onions. [Photo: Hofmann Hots/Facebook]
340 Singleton Blvd
Dallas, TX 75212

3. Wild About Harry's

3113 Knox St, Dallas, TX 75205
Before Brian Luscher and Phil Romano turned Dallas hot dogs into a thing, there was Wild About Harry's on Knox Street, serving franks and custard with zero fanfare. Since 1996, that now-iconic, equal-parts-adorable-and-creepy anthropomorphic hot dog has stood at the storefront, waving and grinning at every customer. Owner Harry Coley sadly passed away recently, but Wild About Harry's remains open for business. And the dogs — they serve 10 different types — remain simple, honest, and excellent. Go here, hot dog hipsters, because Harry cared about it before it was cool. [Photo: Whitney Filloon/EDFW]
3113 Knox St
Dallas, TX 75205

4. Goodfriend Beer Garden and Burger House

1154 Peavy Rd, Dallas, TX 75218
Since the day they opened their doors, Goodfriend has recognized, and respected, the symbiotic relationship that booze and hot dogs inarguably share. At Goodfriend, they care about the quality of both meat and beer; while everyone knows about their sizable and eclectic craft-beer selection, what people may not realize is where they get their hot dogs from: the veteran and heralded meat-processing experts at Rudolph's in Deep Ellum. It's these high-quality hot dogs, whether beer-battered and deep-fried, or nestled in a pretzel bun and smothered in hearty beer-cheese sauce, that make Goodfriend a go-to for meats in tube form. [Photo: Goodfriend/Facebook]
1154 Peavy Rd
Dallas, TX 75218

5. Twisted Root Burger Company

2615 Commerce St, Dallas, TX 75226
At Deep Ellum stalwart Twisted Root, you get to build your own foot-long dog, and the opportunities for customization are seemingly endless: guacamole? Blue cheese? Nacho cheese? Sauteed mushrooms? Spicy relish? Why the hell not. Or, if you're the traditional sort, you can order your foot-long sans accoutrement, but still get wild and crazy with their patented assortment of flavored ketchups, pickles, and mustards. And if you ask nicely, they'll also serve you up a foot-long hot­dog version of one of their inventive and unusual burger choices — perhaps the Southern Comfort would do nicely, with its bourbon barbecue sauce, fried green tomatoes, and cheddar cheese. [Photo: Twisted Root]
2615 Commerce St
Dallas, TX 75226

6. Little Red Wasp

808 Main St, Fort Worth, TX 76102
Little sister to fancy (and frequently lauded) Fort Worth restaurant Grace, the Little Red Wasp serves more approachable — but still elevated — fare. While the Wasp's dog is sloppy (it's covered in housemade chili, cheddar cheese, and dill relish for a squirt of acidity) it somehow retains a dignified chef sensibility. Probably because it's made from meat of the highest quality: an all-beef dog from 44 Farms in Cameron, Texas, whose meats you may recognize from such high-falutin' menus as Knife or Hibiscus. [Photo: Little Red Wasp/Facebook]
808 Main St
Fort Worth, TX 76102

7. The Dog Stop

6857 Arapaho Rd, Dallas, TX 75248
Way the hell out in almost-Addison, the inconspicuous Dog Stop slings its tubular meats out of a tiny, Wienerschnitzel-esque kiosk that is marooned in a sad, somewhat-dilapidated strip mall. But what the Dog Stop lacks in aesthetics it makes up for in Chicago-style authenticity, hawking Vienna Beef hot dogs on poppy seed buns adorned with pickled peppers, tomatoes, onions, and tangy yellow mustard — just like they do in the windiest of cities. The keys are the Vienna Beef franks, which have legit substance and snap, and the poppy seed buns, which add satisfying texture. [Photo: Joe W./Yelp]
6857 Arapaho Rd
Dallas, TX 75248

8. Mutts Canine Cantina

2889 Cityplace West Blvd, Dallas, TX 75204
In Uptown, part-bar, part-dog-park Mutts offers a variety of hot dogs to satiate the leash-holding, designer-shades-wearing, day-drinking 20-something masses that patronize the place. Their all-beef franks, which are from legendary hot-dog makers Nathan's, provide a snappy, sturdy base for several amusingly named renditions. The Al Bundy, for example, is soaked in beer, and the Jessica Alba, dressed with piquant peppers, is aptly named for being mighty hot. The standout, though, is the coleslaw that is heaped atop the Slaw Dog. It's a well-balanced commingling of flavors and textures: crunchy, creamy, acidic, and savory. [Photo: Margo Sivin/EDFW]
2889 Cityplace West Blvd
Dallas, TX 75204

9. Samson's Gourmet Hot Dogs

2615 Oak Lawn Ave, Dallas, TX 75219
Their website bills their wieners as "nine inches of fun in a bun," and while that isn't a subtle joke, the flavors in their hot dogs aren't either. Samson's gets their dogs custom-made from long-time meat stalwarts Kuby's, meaning the hot dogs are far from wimpy. Specialty versions — a veggie option with quinoa and lentils, a turkey dog topped with mac and cheese — are some of the most creative in town. Bonus: Samson's is both a dog- and gluten-free-friendly establishment. [Photo: Samson's/Facebook]
2615 Oak Lawn Ave
Dallas, TX 75219

10. Ten Bells Tavern

232 W 7th St, Dallas, TX 75208
Praise is routinely heaped on this Oak Cliff institution for its way-better-than-it-has-to-be bar food: the fish and chips, the chicken wings, the short rib frites, the mac and cheese. But when you're at Ten Bells and you're overserved, only their late-night menu offers the entree that can help. It's called Carlito's Chili Dog, and while it doesn't look pretty, by the end of this drunken night, neither do you. Wolf it down; let it soothe you, comfort you, cure you. Then stagger back out into the night, trying to find the answers to life's riddles that, ironically, can only be answered at Ten Bells with one word: Carlito. [Photo: Ten Bells Tavern/Facebook]
232 W 7th St
Dallas, TX 75208

11. Magnolia Motor Lounge

3005 Morton St, Fort Worth, TX 76107
One of the original settlers of the now Uptown-lite West 7th neighborhood in Funkytown, Magnolia Motor Lounge is more than one of the best places in the Metroplex to see good, original, interesting, inspired local music every night of the week. The bar food is pretty good too, notably the four or so hot-dog options, made with Hebrew National all-beef kosher franks. The Junk Yard version is without question the one to nosh on: a deep-fried dog smothered in an unholy alchemy of chili, cheese, mustard, ketchup, jalapenos, and smoky, silky grilled onions. [Photo: Magnolia Motor Lounge/Facebook]
3005 Morton St
Fort Worth, TX 76107

12. Angry Dog

2726 Commerce St, Dallas, TX 75226
Angry Dog is named after its signature hot dog offering – or is that the other way around? — and the namesake dog has won countless "Best Hot Dog" awards from various publications around town. Once you get this knife-and-fork-necessary beast of a dog in front of you, it's easy to see why: the all-beef kosher dog is tossed on the grill to get a nice char, then piled high with mustard, chili, grilled onions, and cheddar cheese. [Photo: Angry Dog/Facebook]
2726 Commerce St
Dallas, TX 75226

13. Jerry's Wood Fired Dogs

6340 Gaston Ave, Dallas, TX 75214
As the name would imply, the wieners here are cooked over wood, imparting a nice smoky flavor that's welcome in any and all of the many wacky varieties – from the California dog (avocado, tomato, grilled veggies, and honey mustard) to the meaty pastrami dog with spicy brown mustard. You can also build-your-own with a ton of different topping options, from a fried egg to mac and cheese and even pulled pork. [Photo: Phillip B./Yelp]
6340 Gaston Ave
Dallas, TX 75214

14. Cold Beer Company

3600 Main St, Dallas, TX 75226
Cold Beer Company keeps it local by sourcing their dogs from nearby Rudolph's Meat Market, so you know it's gonna be legit. This laid-back bar subscribes to the "more is more" theory, loading their hot dogs down with hearty topping combos like bacon, jalapenos, queso, and avocado (that's the Señor) or mac and cheese and brisket (the Vern). Any of them will do quite nicely to soak up a stomach full of beer. [Photo: Cold Beer Company/Facebook]
3600 Main St
Dallas, TX 75226

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