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The 10 Best Hot Dogs in Atlanta

By Christopher Hassiotis
June 16, 2014
Photo by: Mike's Hot Dogs

The South is a proud home to many culinary traditions, and down here we do our food right. (Just head out West and order whatever it is that they call a "biscuit" to see what we mean. Ugh.) But we've gotta hand it to our Northern brethren — they know a thing or two about hot dogs, and that's why the best around are all Chicago this, New York that. Here, then, are Atlanta's finest hot dogs — not sausages, not brats, not corn dogs, just all-American hot dogs for whatever part of America you're from. (Although we'd love to see more Sonoran-style dogs wrapped in bacon showing up on menus…)

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  • The Hot Dog at Holeman & Finch

    South Buckhead's high-end gastropub gets all the press for its gimmicky (but admittedly delicious) burger, but it's worth keeping an eye out for when the hot dog's on the ever-changing menu. Everything's made in-house, from the wiener to the bun, and this dog comes simply sporting yellow mustard and pickled jalapeños.

    2277 Peachtree Rd.; 404-948-1175

  • The Chili-Slaw Dog at Brandi's World Famous Hot Dogs

    The spicy chili is Brandi's specialty, and what separates them from the pack. The chili-slaw dog matches it with a creamy, soothing coleslaw, onions for crunch and a vinegary mustard for zing. Brandi's is only open for lunch, and only on weekdays, so unless you're up in Marietta it's a tough spot to get to from the city, but worth it on a day off.

    1377 Church St., Marietta; 770-422-3681

  • The Doxie from Doggy Dogg

    This food cart pops up at farmer's markets and events around town, serving up creative, satisfying and all-natural hot dogs and sausages alike. The Doxie is Doggy Dogg's homage to the German wiener, and comes served with sauerkraut and a dark-ale German mustard.

    Mobile; @DoggyDogATL 

  • The Chicago Style at Mike's Hot Dogs

    You can go regular or jumbo at this Sandy Springs hot dog temple, and options vary from plain to chili-cheese to corn dogs, but Mike's specializes in the Chicago dog. It comes served with mustard, onions, relish, a pickle spear and sport peppers.

    5948 Roswell Rd., Sandy Springs; 404-252-8484

  • The Reverend Uncle Laffo at Pallookaville  

    This fun Avondale Estates eatery cooks its all-beef wieners — made locally especially for the restaurant — in Genessee Cream Ale. This monster version, named for owner Jim Stacy's clown alter ego, comes with chili, onions and sauerkraut as well as fries or tots.

    17 N. Avondale Plaza, Avondale Estates; 404-500-1785

  • The Breakfast of Champions at Snap Franks & Coneys

    This mobile food trailer's based out of Smyrna, but shows up all over the city's northside to proffer its New York-style dogs and sausages. The Breakfast of Champions is a bacon-wrapped frank smothered in cheddar, grilled onions, fried eggs and salsa if you like, somehow managing to keep it together on a grilled roll.

    Mobile; 770-508-0850 

  • Photo by: Flickr / conway_m

    The Original at Barker's Red Hots

    Grilled over hardwood charcoal, this beef-and-pork-blend hot dog comes crisp, smoky and topped with pickle spears, sweet onions and a hot relish. Order a side of the Vidalia onion coleslaw for something a little sweeter than your usual cabbage side.

    3000 Windy Hill Rd., Marietta; 770-272-0407

  • Photo by: Flickr / photo_blog

    The Hot Dog at Star Provisions

    There's little out of the ordinary about this hot dog at Westside's food market, but everything's made in-house and there's a satisfying snap to the meaty wiener and a nice toasted crust to the bun. An extra $3 gets you a messy-but-worth-it upgrade with chili and cheese, but it's also fine as is — or with kraut, mustard, onions and other toppings as you like.

    1198 Howell Mill Rd.; 404-365-0410

  • Photo by: Flickr / foodiebuddha

    The Red Haute Dog at Flip Burger Boutique (Poncey-Highland)

    Topped with pimiento jack cheese, beef chili and diced red onions, this savory gem is a holdover from Richard Blais' failed hot-dog concept HD1, which the Poncey-Highland Flip replaced late last year.

    664 N. Highland Ave.; 404-815-1127

  • The Heavy Dog at The Varsity

    It's debatable as to whether the Varsity's hot dogs are actually "good," but they are essential. These ATL icons are almost the Platonic ideal of a fast-food dog, and the chili's the way to go (a Heavy Dog has extra chili). Whether you order it like a rube or using the Varsity's iconic code-word lingo, it's still a must-try.

    61 North Ave.; 404-881-1706

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Places Mentioned

The Varsity

NoneMidtown

Food19 Decor16 Service20 Cost$10
 
 
 
Holeman & Finch Public House

American • South Buckhead

Food26 Decor23 Service24 Cost$46
 
 
 
Star Provisions

Sandwich Shop • West Atlanta

Food26 Decor- Service19 Cost$20
 
 
 
 
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