Few things scream “’murica” like a quality hot dog experience. When you find someone who does it exceptionally, it’s worth taking note and spreading the word. The crew at Thrillist did just that, and came up with a checklist that every travelling wiener aficionado should keep in their back pocket. Here, now, are the top dogs.
- Angelo’s Coney Island – Something glorious out of Flint, Michigan with all-meat chili, and made with all-local quality ingredients.
- Biker Jim’s Gourmet Dogs – Andrew Zimmern and Anthony Bourdain both made it a point to stop by this Denver, Colorado mainstay.
- Dat Dog – With a name like that it’s got to be New Orleans, and they’ve over a dozen specialty dogs to choose from.
- Diggity Dog – Don’t let the cream cheese scare you, the Seattle Dog’s worth a dance.
- Duly’s Place – Michigan makes a 2nd appearance and another that was boosted into notoriety by Bourdain.
- El Guero Canelo – Every dog’s the same here, and you won’t complain. Bacon-wrapped, chopped tomatoes, pinto beans, onions, mustard, jalapeno sauce, and mayo’s just how those from Tucson like it.
- Gene And Jude’s – One of the best and it’s technically not in Chicago – it’s in River Grove, Illinois. Glorious in its simplicity.
- Happy Dog – You can get pretty much whatever you want in this Cleveland wiener-bar.
- Jack’s Cosmic Dogs – The sweet potato mustard and special slaw make this Mt. Pleasant, South Carolina joint a must-visit.
- Onleyville New York System – Hot wieners are “indigenous” to Rhode Island, believe it or not…and this Providence hot spot does them perfectly.
Now, go wrap your lips ‘round a steamy weenie!