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10 Dallas Hot Dogs to Try This Summer

Whether in search of a classic chili dog or something more extravagant, all of these wieners are winners

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Cheese-topped dog at Cold Beer Company
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It’s long played second fiddle to burgers and sandwiches, but the humble hot dog is as delicious as it is overlooked. Ranging from freshly grilled dogs served in a parking lot to fancy, locally-sourced sausages, Dallas is home to plenty of hot dogs that are much better than the average frankfurter.

When a hot dog craving strikes, head to one of these 10 local spots.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

Del's Charcoal Burgers

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Known for its charcoal-powered grill and excellent burgers, the hot dogs at Del’s are great, too. They’re split down the middle, griddled to perfection, then served on a burger bun. Add chili, cheese, and onions for a seriously messy lunch.

Dog Haus Biergarten Richardson

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This Cali-born chain is devoted to hot dogs, and its menu runs the gamut. Instead of the traditional bun, find dogs like the Chili the Kid, topped with white American cheese, chili, and crispy onions, served on a trio of King’s Hawaiian rolls.

Kuby's Sausage House

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A cozy restaurant in the back of an authentic German kitchen and European market is the perfect place to discover a genuine handcrafted sausage. Whether it’s the more common Polish sausage or a Nurnberger, weisswurst, or knackwurst, these German delicacies are served on a bun with traditional mustard and sauerkraut. 

Photo by Lauren Coe

Strokers Ice House

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Known mostly for its rustic charm and regular crowd of bikers, this giant dive is found off the beaten path. It serves up some vintage dog recipes like Ricky’s Hot Link, Rat’s Good Ol’ Grilled Hot Dog, or Blyss’s Grilled Chili Cheese Dog. Relish packets, a side of fresh onions, and rows of picnic tables keep it simple.

Photo by Evan Kalstad

Haystack Burgers and Barley

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Served up in a brioche bun with fried onions and chili on top, this hot dog is about two meals worth of dog. It’s also something different from the rest of the pack, thanks to that buttery, toasty bun subbing in for the usual white bread hot dog bun.

If you haven’t been to Iceland just yet, and sampled the hot dogs from a cart that people stand in line for hours to eat in Reykjavík, Rye on Lowest Greenville will get you pretty close. Their Icelandic hot dog appetizer beautifully evokes the taste of the Icelandic take on the dish, just with a much higher quality meat. Sadly, it’s only about a third of a dog. The plates are sharable though, so don’t hesitate to order three of them and go to town.

Lakewood Landing

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Late night diners flock to the fried favorites at one of Dallas’ most celebrated dive bars, and its corn dogs are a true local icon. Generously coated with a house-made jalapeño batter, these all-beef corn dogs are a hit with the midnight crowd. For $2 a pop, diners can’t beat it – but remember they’re only available after 11 p.m. Sunday through Thursday, and after 12 a.m. on Friday and Saturday.  

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Harvey B's

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A unique spin on the Sloppy Joe, the Chargrilled Chili Cheese Dog boasts two butterfly-cut dogs straight from Rudolph’s Meat Market in Deep Ellum. Served on a sesame seed hamburger bun, this budget-friendly dog is smothered in cheddar cheese, chili con carne, and fresh onions.

Photo by Evan Kalstad

Cold Beer Company

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This popular beer destination boasts multiple hot dog options, including the Expo Dog, a “big-ass” hot dog that’s topped with creamy mac and cheese ,bacon, and sport peppers. Not feeling the whole shebang? The classic dog is also offered with chili, Hatch chile queso, or dressed simply with mustard.

Angry Dog

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It wouldn’t be a hot dog map without this longtime Dallas mainstay in the heart of Deep Ellum. For over 25 years, this spot has been setting the bar for great dogs and continues to serve up their famed “Angry Dog” — an all-beef hot dog topped with mustard, chili, grilled onions, and cheddar cheese. 

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Del's Charcoal Burgers

Known for its charcoal-powered grill and excellent burgers, the hot dogs at Del’s are great, too. They’re split down the middle, griddled to perfection, then served on a burger bun. Add chili, cheese, and onions for a seriously messy lunch.

Dog Haus Biergarten Richardson

This Cali-born chain is devoted to hot dogs, and its menu runs the gamut. Instead of the traditional bun, find dogs like the Chili the Kid, topped with white American cheese, chili, and crispy onions, served on a trio of King’s Hawaiian rolls.

Kuby's Sausage House

Photo by Lauren Coe

A cozy restaurant in the back of an authentic German kitchen and European market is the perfect place to discover a genuine handcrafted sausage. Whether it’s the more common Polish sausage or a Nurnberger, weisswurst, or knackwurst, these German delicacies are served on a bun with traditional mustard and sauerkraut. 

Photo by Lauren Coe

Strokers Ice House

Photo by Evan Kalstad

Known mostly for its rustic charm and regular crowd of bikers, this giant dive is found off the beaten path. It serves up some vintage dog recipes like Ricky’s Hot Link, Rat’s Good Ol’ Grilled Hot Dog, or Blyss’s Grilled Chili Cheese Dog. Relish packets, a side of fresh onions, and rows of picnic tables keep it simple.

Photo by Evan Kalstad

Haystack Burgers and Barley

Served up in a brioche bun with fried onions and chili on top, this hot dog is about two meals worth of dog. It’s also something different from the rest of the pack, thanks to that buttery, toasty bun subbing in for the usual white bread hot dog bun.

Rye

If you haven’t been to Iceland just yet, and sampled the hot dogs from a cart that people stand in line for hours to eat in Reykjavík, Rye on Lowest Greenville will get you pretty close. Their Icelandic hot dog appetizer beautifully evokes the taste of the Icelandic take on the dish, just with a much higher quality meat. Sadly, it’s only about a third of a dog. The plates are sharable though, so don’t hesitate to order three of them and go to town.

Lakewood Landing

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Late night diners flock to the fried favorites at one of Dallas’ most celebrated dive bars, and its corn dogs are a true local icon. Generously coated with a house-made jalapeño batter, these all-beef corn dogs are a hit with the midnight crowd. For $2 a pop, diners can’t beat it – but remember they’re only available after 11 p.m. Sunday through Thursday, and after 12 a.m. on Friday and Saturday.  

Lakewood Landing/Instagram

Harvey B's

Photo by Evan Kalstad

A unique spin on the Sloppy Joe, the Chargrilled Chili Cheese Dog boasts two butterfly-cut dogs straight from Rudolph’s Meat Market in Deep Ellum. Served on a sesame seed hamburger bun, this budget-friendly dog is smothered in cheddar cheese, chili con carne, and fresh onions.

Photo by Evan Kalstad

Cold Beer Company

This popular beer destination boasts multiple hot dog options, including the Expo Dog, a “big-ass” hot dog that’s topped with creamy mac and cheese ,bacon, and sport peppers. Not feeling the whole shebang? The classic dog is also offered with chili, Hatch chile queso, or dressed simply with mustard.

Angry Dog

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It wouldn’t be a hot dog map without this longtime Dallas mainstay in the heart of Deep Ellum. For over 25 years, this spot has been setting the bar for great dogs and continues to serve up their famed “Angry Dog” — an all-beef hot dog topped with mustard, chili, grilled onions, and cheddar cheese. 

Lauren Coe/EDFW

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