11 Must-Try Hot Dogs, Bratwurst and Sausages

By Farah Fleurima  |  June 16, 2014

Hot dogs, brats and sausages, oh my! Find out where to get your link love on, from Downtown to Midtown.

  • Angry Dog

    Chili-cheese dogs are a tough proposition amid our treacherous summers, but one has to make allowances for the Angry Dog. Easily one of the city’s most popular, the kosher frank at the Deep Ellum stalwart comes so loaded with chili, cheese and fixin's that you don’t dare approach it without a fork and knife. 

  • Glass Boot Biergarten

    With more than 10 Bavarian-style sausages to choose from, it's easy to find a link to love at this Henderson Avenue beer garden. There's even a vegan sausage among the traditional (knackwurst, beerwurst, weisswurst) and premium wursts (buffalo, chicken and spinach).

  • The Blind Butcher

    The meat-loving lobe of Dallas' collective culinary brain has gone aflutter for the "hand-cranked" sausages at the Lower Greenville tavern. And with flavors like bacon bratwurst, duck foie gras and brisket cheddar jalapeño, you can't go astray.

  • Bowl and Barrel

    The chili dog — a wiener from Deep Ellum’s Rudolph’s Market loaded with beef sloppy joe and jalapeño slices — harks back to suburban childhoods everywhere. All BnB's dogs have a unique touch, from curry ketchup on the Barrel Dog to onion jam and potato mayo on The Absolute Wurst.

  • Samson’s Gourmet Hot Dogs

    The cheeky Oak Lawn joint is all about variety. Choose from three types of buns and four Wonder Weenies: veggie, Samson’s Dog, Smoked Brat and All Beef Weenie. While you're out and about this summer, keep an eye out for Samson's food truck.

  • 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 is staggering, from the previously touted, over-the-top Sweet & Smokey to the cool, classic sauerkraut dog.

  • Mutt’s Cantina

    It’s apropos that a restaurant known for being dog-friendly and having its own dog park would offer hot dogs. The Uptown haunt splits open Nathan’s Famous wieners and griddles them. Varieties include the Bird Dog (chicken-sage sausage), the Al Bundy (a beer-soaked brat that comes with a can of PBR), and the rotating artisanal Rare Breed.

  • Pop Diner

    Sometimes after a night of barhopping, all you 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 Coney, a Midwestern classic chili-cheeser. We can attest that the natural-casing franks blanketed in chili and cheddar are a terrific hangover buffer.

  • The Butcher's Son

    The food truck showcases sausage with creative presentations like the Santa Fe Sunset (pictured; chipotle Monterey Jack chicken sausage, black-bean salsa, fried jalapeños). We adore Ralph's Reuben Brat (beer bratwurst, sauerkraut, caramelized onions, Russian dressing), especially with the lime tots.

  • White Rock Local Market

    Nosh on these natural-casing beauties from The Grape’s exec chef-owner Brian C. Luscher while perusing produce at the Saturday farmer’s market. Luscher himself is usually there to dress them up with a poppyseed-flecked bun and your choice of toppings.

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    Goodfriend Beer Garden and Burger House

    This friendly East Dallas gathering spot treats Rudolph’s all-beef dogs with the utmost of care, covering them in housemade chili and queso. The surprising addition of sauerkraut adds a wonderful tartness that stands out amid the gooey goodness.