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10 Places to Get Your Hot Dog Fix

By Farah Fleurima
January 14, 2014
Photo by: Brian Hilson

You’ve paid enough hardcore heed to your dietary New Year’s resolution to indulge a little, and the hot dogs that these Dallas eateries serve up definitely give new meaning to the word indulgent. From classic chili- and cheese-covered links to franks that are deep-fried and topped with even more fried goodness, there’s at least one dog on this list that’ll make you howl at the moon with cravings once you’ve polished them all off.

  • Angry Dog

    Easily one of the city’s most popular chili-cheese dogs, the kosher frank at this Deep Ellum stalwart comes so loaded with chili, cheese and fixins that you don’t dare approach it without a fork and knife. We like to get our fries in on the action by dipping them in the saucy mix.

    2726 Commerce St.; 214-741-4406

  • Photo by: Brian Hilson

    Samson’s Gourmet Hot Dogs

    This cheeky Oak Lawn joint is all about variety. Not only can you choose from three types of buns, but there are four types of Wonder Weenies: veggie, Samson’s Dog, Smoked Brat and All Beef Weenie. The number of toppings here is voluminous (and surprisingly vegetarian-friendly), ranging from fresh guac and vegan chili to smoked artichoke hearts, smoked paprika hummus and seasoned sauerkraut. For extra indulgence, get the Belgian fries with truffle oil and Parmesan.

    2615 Oak Lawn Ave.; 214-468-4278

  • Photo by: Brian Hilson

    Becks Prime

    The Houston-based mini-chain butterflies a quarter-pound Boar’s Head frank, grills it over their wood-fired grill and coats it with a spicy housemade chili, slices of cheddar and onion. Crack open a Deep Ellum Brewing Co. beer and dive in for some meaty, cheesy magic.

    5931 Forest Ln.; 972-661-8681

  • Bowl And Barrel

    In a take on the chili dog that harkens to suburban childhoods everywhere, the gastropub/bowling alley loads up a snappy-casing hot dog from Deep Ellum’s Rudolph’s Market with beef sloppy joe and jalapeño slices. All of BnB’s dogs have a unique touch, though, from the curry ketchup on the Barrel Dog to the onion jam and potato mayo on The Absolute Wurst.

    8084 Park Ln.; 214-363-2695

  • Photo by: Brian Hilson

    Hofmann Hots

    We wouldn’t dream of a great hot dog list without mentioning the slew of awesome dogs at Trinity Groves’ fortress of franks. The selection here is staggering, from the previously touted Sweet & Smokey to the Blame It On The Dog, stacked with chili mac, baked beans, fried onion straws, cheese and diced kielbasa. Meat upon meat tastes like win.

    340 Singleton Blvd.; 214-760-9977

  • Jerry’s Wood-Fired Dogs

    This Southern California transplant’s menu reads like a who’s who of dogs, sausages and myriad dream toppings come true. Want an all-beef dog with sriracha and a fried egg? Just ask. Smokey Joe’s Kielbasa with bacon slices and pepperoncini? Yours. For a taste tour of the country, try one of Jerry’s Favorites, including the Chicago Dog, the Taco Dog (built like the Tex-Mex classic and encased in a tortilla) or the L.A. Dog (bacon, onions, peppers, mustard, mayo and Tapatio sauce).

    6340 Gaston Ave.; 214-750-7053

  • Mutt’s Cantina

    It’s supremely apropos that a restaurant known for being dog-friendly and having its own dog park out back would offer hot dogs on the menu. The Uptown haunt splits open Nathan’s Famous dogs and griddles them; varieties include the Bird Dog, featuring chicken-sage sausage, the Al Bundy, with a beer-soaked brat that comes with a can of PBR, and the daily artisanal special Rare Breed.

    2889 Cityplace West Blvd.; 214-377-8723

  • Pop Diner

    Sometimes after a night of bar-hopping and party-going, all you really want is a good, solid hot dog. Fortunately, after most other purveyors have gone to bed, Pop Diner beckons with its 24-hour menu, which includes the Midwestern classic chili-cheeser called a Coney. We can attest that the natural-casing franks blanketed in rich chili and cheddar shreds are a terrific buffer between the evening’s revelry and bedtime.

    3600 McKinney Ave.; 214-599-8980

  • White Rock Local Market

    Unless you tend to dig right into your fruit, dairy or vegetables on the spot, these natural-casing beauties from The Grape’s exec chef/owner Brian C. Luscher are one of the few things at this Saturday farmer’s market that you can nosh whilst perusing produce. Luscher himself is usually right there to dress them for you with a pillowy poppyseed-flecked bun and your choice of toppings.

    702 N. Buckner Blvd.

  • Photo by: Brian Hilson

    Goodfriend Beer Garden and Burger House

    This friendly neighborhood East Dallas gathering spot treats Rudolph’s all-beef hot dog with the utmost of delicious care, enveloping it in housemade chili and queso, which mingle to create gastronomic glory. The surprising addition of sauerkraut adds a wonderful tartness that stands out from the gooey goodness. The bar hands are only too happy to make craft beer recommendations, so be sure to ask.

    1154 Peavy Rd.; 214-324-3335


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