Hot dogs are a summer staple, and people tend to either love them or hate them. While some of us have been burned by too many bad cookouts, there are many more out there who start craving some salty, meaty deliciousness whenever the weather starts to heat up.
If you are a lover of hot dogs, you know that it’s not just about the meat. You’ve probably judged a dog or two in your life, testing for the quality of its snap, the flavor of the sausage, the quality and balance of the toppings, to get the perfect hot dog experience.
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Luckily, there are so many others like you across the country, and they’re on Yelp. The restaurant rating website compiled a list of the best hot dog joints in every state, based on identifying businesses in the restaurant and food categories with a large concentration of reviews mentioning the word "hot dog.” The site ranked those spots using a number of factors including the total volume and ratings of reviews mentioning key words.
The result is a comprehensive list of the number one place in each state where people can find the juiciest, tastiest, and most unique hot dog to satisfy their cravings.
You can get the best dog at food trucks, hometown establishments with only the classics, or unique joints with tons of experimental toppings. There’s literally something for everyone. No matter what style of establishment, every place on Yelp’s list has a rating of four stars or above, so you know you’ll be getting a high quality dog.
Hot Diggity Dogs: A local favorite is the Winky Dink dog, with mustard, onions, and pimento cheese.
International House of Hot Dogs: This place has reindeer polish sausage and cilantro fries.
Wild Dogs: Definitely order some onion rings and pudding for dessert.
The Original ScoopDog: You won’t just find great hot dogs. According to reviewers, they have the best chocolate shakes around.
Happy Dog Hot Dogs: Top your dog with their homemade beer mustard for an extra gourmet meal.
Harley’s: A Hot Dog Revolution: Grab a Mile High Dog with roast beef, pickles, sport peppers and horseradish.
Riley’s Hot Dog & Burger Gourmet: Fans recommends trying the Salty Balls — brined baby potatoes served with sour cream and scallions.
Top Dog Grill: You can have your dog New York Style, Chicago Style, or any style. They even have fish tacos.
Sweet Dogs: This Miami establishment's menu is based off sports teams, so celebrate the Dolphins with their namesake dog, topped with ham, bacon, mozzarella cheese, pineapple and papitas.
Doggy Dogg: This Decatur restaurant also makes an excellent grilled veggie dog for vegetarians who miss that hot dog life.
Porky's Kauai: Pineapple pork sausage meets pineapple relish with a sweet chili barbeque sauce? Hawaiian dog heaven.
Franko's Dog House: Every dog on this menu is named after an actual dog breed, for all those canine lovers out there.
Firehouse Dogs: Get a classic Chicago style dog with their fresh cut fries that the locals love.
Bob's Drive-Inn: This place stuffs their own dogs for a perfectly natural and tasty bite.
Leeway Franks: Try the Everything Dog, topped with smoked trout schmear, pickled veggies, red onion and “everything” seasoning.
Lonnie's Best Taste of Chicago: Displaced Chicagoans actually love this place, with its fresh meats and perfectly crafted Chicago style dogs.
Dat Dog: This place has a long list of sausages and brats to choose from (even vegan options). Pair it with some fully loaded “WTF fries.”
Red’s Eats: Not only can you get a delicious hot dog here, you can also get a delicious lobster roll (which may have won it its place on this particular list).
Haute Dog Carte: They have a new “specialty” chef’s dogs that are updated every day, so you’ll always have something new to try.
Snappy Dogs: You can top your dog with their super unique and tasty-sounding Dr. Pepper barbeque sauce.
Nani's Cafe & Beach Shop: This place sells “upscale” dogs, served on a New England style roll instead of your traditional bun.
Kyatchi: Their special house dog comes with yuzu mayo and grilled shishito peppers. And you can grab some sushi while you’re at it.
Wiseguys Chicago Pizza: Get a classic dog and some chili cheese fries for a truly authentic Mississippi experience.
Dogs 'n Frys: Queso lovers must try the Cali Dog, smothered in queso cheese, turkey bacon and barbeque sauce.
Mr. Hot Dogs: The decor may be quaint, but the menu is an exciting list of special dogs that you’ll be dying to try.
Block 16: This gourmet spot has one of the most creative dogs on the list: a Crab Rangoon dog topped with cream cheese, crab rangoon, sweet chili sauce, sriracha and scallions, wrapped in a wonton.
Buldogis Gourmet Hot Dogs: These delicious dogs are inspired by Korean and Vietnamese dishes like bulgogi and bahn mi.
Gilley’s: This late night haunt doesn’t give you bells and whistles. Just delicious food made fast how you want it.
Destination Dogs: The fanciest of hot dog lovers should definitely try their foie gras hot dog and truffle fries.
JAM-ing Hot Dogs & More: Locals are in love with the Sonoran dog, topped with beans, spicy mayo and wrapped in bacon.
Holydog: Yes, you have to leave the city for the best hot dog. Head to Middletown, in the Hudson Valley area, and try the Chilean, with avocado, tomato and sweet chili cream sauce. They’re also right next to Equilibrium Brewery.
Chili Man: They literally have a chili dog called the Life Changer, a spicy concoction with jalapenos and onions that apparently lives up to its name.
DogMahal DogHaus: If you really have the munchies, try the Chester Fester, which is topped with crunchy Cheetos.
O'Betty's Red Hot: According to one diner, this place is the closest you can get to a Nathan’s hot dog outside of New York and the garlic fries are “to die for.”
Diamond Dawgs: Don’t forget to save room to order their fried Oreos for dessert.
Victory Dogs: You’re in for a challenge when you order the Crack’in. It’s a three-pound meat monster Two hot dogs, one german sausage, one louisiana hot link, salami, pepperoni, pastrami, pulled pork, capicola, sausage, roast beef, ham, meatballs, 10 pieces of bacon, cheddar, swiss, mozzarella and four buns.
Cheese Dawgs: Try the Reuben dog, topped with sauerkraut and Swiss, or the Chili Crunch dog, topped with chili and Fritos.
Mission: They have a small selection of classic dogs, including one with coleslaw and one with chili.
Fenway Grille & Ice Cream: Don’t overthink your dog at this joint. Top it with a small array of classics like mustard, ketchup, sauerkraut or coleslaw. And get a deep fried pretzel for dessert.
Murdo Drive-In: Wash down that dog with their homemade, totally unique rhubarb shakes.
D & B's Hot Dogs and Ice Cream: This is a great place for old school dogs. And if you can’t decide, just get the Chili Slaw Onion Dog.
Yoyo's Hot Dog: Get your fix of amazing Asian fusion with their fully loaded hot dogs topped with cream cheese, spicy mustard, curry ketchup, honey mayo, sriracha, grilled onions, and crunchy fried onions.
J Dawgs: At J Dawgs in Lehi, Utah, always ask for the special sauce when you visit this well-loved spot.
Cold Hollow Cider Mill: The mill’s hot dog are cider steamed for a delicious snap. You can also grab some fresh maple syrup while you’re there.
Ray's Dog House: This might be the only place you can get a Coney Island hot dog without visiting Coney Island. You might be surprised at how authentic it tastes.
The AC Tavern: One of their more creative dogs is Curt’s Sled Dog, topped with peanut butter, bacon and maple syrup. Weird, but good.
Swizzler Gourmet Hot Dogs: Treat yourself to a #TreatYourself combo while you’re in our nation’s capital. It includes any dog plus truffle fries.
Hillbilly Hot Dogs: In West Virginia, you absolutely have to get your dog with coleslaw. Do as the locals do.
Dr Dawg: You can bet you’ll find a dog with real, aged Wisconsin cheddar at this establishment.
Chill Grill: This place has a ton of choices and a gluten free bun that the locals love.