Haute dogs to relish
October 9th, 2011
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Kate Krader (@kkrader on Twitter) is Food & Wine's restaurant editor. When she tells us where to get our grub on, we listen up.

Guess what food Lady Gaga chose to showcase at a recent Vanity Fair photo shoot. Not a grilled version of her infamous raw meat dress. Not a lobster hat made with different shellfish. She selected a mustard-slathered hot dog (to eat, not to wear). If Lady Gaga is now focused on hot dogs, then let’s focus on them too.

HD1 - Atlanta, Georgia
At his just-opened spot, "Top Chef All-Stars" winner Richard Blais turns his attention from avant-garde burgers to inspired hot dogs. Believe it or not, he has a classic hot dog with sauerkraut (note, the mustard is house made). The chicken-apple sausage comes with herbed crème fraiche and sour grape relish; and for vegetarians, there’s this note on the menu: “Sous vide carrot may be substituted for any dog.”

Senate - Cincinnati, Ohio
I’m happy just reading the names of the dogs on the menu at this genius Cincinnati gastropub. Among the selections: the Trailer Park (bacon-wrapped dog, American cheese, coleslaw, crushed Grippo's chips) and the Hello Kitty (with wasabi mayo and ponzu coleslaw). There’s also a “Hot Dog of the Day”; it’s market price depending on, I suppose, the going price of franks that day.

Crif Dogs - New York City
Who doesn't want to be able to have a bacon-wrapped deep-fried hot dog after a long night of drinking artisanal cocktails at a speakeasy? No one I want to hang out with. The Crif Dogs menu pays homage to everything from natural disasters - the Tsunami is a bacon-wrapped dog with teriyaki sauce, pineapple and green onions - to other iconic sandwiches (the Philly tubesteak is “casually attired in cheese and sautéed onions”). If you’d rather do your hot dog eating in Brooklyn, there’s a new Williamsburg location that’s helpfully open until 4 am.

Dirty Frank's Hot Dog Palace - Columbus, Ohio
Whoever created the menu at Dirty Frank's must have a Ph.D. in hot dogs. There are at least 7 types of dogs to choose from, 3 bun options, almost 3 dozen toppings (from fire kraut to Fritos) and I can’t even count how many specialty combinations. Among the options: the Slappy Pappy’s Super Sloppy comes with bacon, Coney sauce, cheddar, sour cream and French fries; the Picnic Table is topped with baked beans, sweet-hot cabbage and carrot slaw, relish and chip crumbs; and the Glenn Beck is “just a plain, old wiener.”

7-11 Hot Dog Potato Chips - Nationwide
If you’ve ever eaten a potato chip before, you probably knew there's no visible signs of hot dog in the newest flavor of potato chip from 7-11. What’s more, there’s apparently not even any meat in these chips. What there is, however, is the solid flavor of mustard, relish and however it’s done, 7-11’s own Big Bite hot dogs.

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  1. Freckles

    Ok how in the world did it start with Lady Gaga to hot dogs?!?! this is world is full is suprises o_o and by the way i dont care for hot dogs, they can be really gross!!!! sorry if im not like some of you who probably eat junk food a lot. Or some of you might eat healthy i dont know but all i know is that this is gross!

    October 11, 2011 at 6:35 pm |
  2. Lynn Ann

    You hot dog snobs have nothing on plain old American Oscar Meyer Weiner hot dogs. If you eat anything else, it is unpatriotic and a sin.

    October 11, 2011 at 8:54 am |
    • Billy Gibbons

      "She do the tube snake boogie .... "

      October 11, 2011 at 8:59 am |
    • Bill Entrekin

      You obviously have never eaten at Haute Dogs in Honolulu...!

      July 1, 2014 at 10:03 pm |
  3. JohnnyInSNJ

    Holy name dropping. Nothing like dropping the "LG" name 3 words into an article that has nothing to do with said name.

    October 11, 2011 at 7:44 am |
  4. Fiona

    A sous vide carrot is one strange veggie substitute for a dog. Why bother? It is possible, you know, to make a fairly tasty vegetarian sausage.

    October 11, 2011 at 3:52 am |
  5. Dave

    Best dog ever – Toasted bun, tomato and avocado, thinly sliced, all beef frank, topped with a poached egg, smothered in hollandaise sauce and sprinkled with chopped scallions.

    October 11, 2011 at 12:48 am |
  6. 7113

    Best Hot dog around at the bar across form the San Diego Navy Base they call the Donkey Dicks.

    October 10, 2011 at 8:13 pm |
  7. Tubular

    Burger dogs on my grill. A Nathans covered in ground pork then the whole thing wrapped in bacon. Good and
    good for ya!

    October 10, 2011 at 4:42 pm |
  8. Andy

    Trina's Starlite Lounge in Cambridge, MA, with their Dog of the Day special. Tasty...

    October 10, 2011 at 4:11 pm |
  9. IHEG

    Mustard, flourescent green relish, salt and pepper on a grilled "New england style roll" bomb azz

    October 10, 2011 at 3:40 pm |
    • Don

      Would that New England Roll be buttered and fried in a pan?

      October 10, 2011 at 4:12 pm |
      • IHEG@ Don

        Of course! :)

        October 10, 2011 at 4:18 pm |
    • LP

      I've been living out West for a number of years now, and I so miss the new England Hot Dog Roll! People here think I'm crazy when I try to explain the importance of having the same amount of bread on each side of the dog. Sigh . . .

      October 10, 2011 at 4:26 pm |
      • IHEG

        Do what I do when I am missing NC fare, go online and order it, nothing in my opinion compares, I even got my husband hooked. superior for hotdog and lobster rolls.

        October 10, 2011 at 4:30 pm |
      • IHEG @LP

        I just found this excerp online....something to consider maybe...."I finally ordered the pan to make them myself. I got it from http://shop.bakerscatalogue.com/items/ It was $39.95 I believe and even though that may seem like a lot for a pan, just think about how quickly that would pay for itself. At $4.39 per package of 6 and $6+ shipping you've paid for it in only a few shipments."

        October 10, 2011 at 4:37 pm |
  10. Dan Dahlen

    Check out Weenies on Ohio State's campus in Columbus. Home of the BIG WEENIE...a one pounder. But their 'classic' and 'hottie' dogs are amazing...and instead of pre-named and made dogs...everything is custom made...with the toppings you want...TASTE MATTERS @ Weenies.

    October 10, 2011 at 2:31 pm |
  11. Dirty dawgs

    Crif Dogs is completely overrated. If you're ever in Chicago, go to Hot Doug's. Best. Hotdog. Ever.

    October 10, 2011 at 1:19 pm |

    I'll have 3 chilli and cheese, 1 hot onions, and a welch's grape soda! And then after I've stuffed myself–1 more chilli and cheese, extra cheese! (Extra napkins please) Since I live in Georgia now, I have to stuff myself whenever I go back ;o)

    October 10, 2011 at 1:13 pm |
  13. Hungry Dan

    Tido's Junkyard Dogs in New Brunswick, NJ at Rutgers. They steam the dogs in beer then wrap them in bacon, deep fry, cover in chili, cheese, celery salt and jalepenos.

    October 10, 2011 at 12:45 pm |
  14. slb84

    WHOOOO!!! Dirty Frank's is the BEST!!!! :-D

    October 10, 2011 at 12:12 pm |
  15. H8R

    Hot dogs are great with ketchup – or not at all.

    October 10, 2011 at 12:04 pm |
    • Don

      It's illegal to put ketchup on a hot dog.

      October 10, 2011 at 4:13 pm |
      • IHEG@ Don

        It certainly is where I come from

        October 10, 2011 at 4:19 pm |
    • H8R

      Is not neither a sick bird. Wait .... do you come from Chicago? It IS illegal there ...

      October 10, 2011 at 4:34 pm |
  16. Multi-Tasking @ Work

    on my backyard grill....grilled to a dark brown with mustard & onions and sometimes cheese.

    October 10, 2011 at 11:20 am |
  17. Jonathan

    A Seattle Dog from Cool Scoops, this hole in the mall place in Kelso, WA

    Bacon, Cream Cheese, and Fresh Tomato. This place has like 20 different "City" dogs.

    October 10, 2011 at 10:17 am |
    • LP

      I'm not far from there – I'll have to try that place!

      October 10, 2011 at 4:27 pm |
  18. Don

    vienna beef factory...............39th (Pershing) and Morgan.

    October 10, 2011 at 12:27 am |
  19. John DeLuca

    I defy you to produce a better hot dog (plain, coney, or otherwise) than the dogs at American Coney Island in Detroit. Period. End of story.

    October 9, 2011 at 10:35 pm |
    • PairAzz Hilton

      Unless it's a foot long,All Beef and No fillers, I'm Not interested.

      October 9, 2011 at 10:50 pm |
  20. SPCA

    Please spay and neuter All Lady Gaga's. Thank You.

    October 9, 2011 at 10:35 pm |
  21. epf

    Heid's, Liverpool, NY

    October 9, 2011 at 10:31 pm |
    • Syrchic

      I have to go there at least once a week

      October 11, 2011 at 8:47 am |
  22. Do you eat it or step in it?


    October 9, 2011 at 10:19 pm |
  23. HeatherK76

    Hot Diggity in Philly. Less than a year old, and already is quite popular thanks to their fresh rolls and even fresher toppings. The Saigon Fusion (a banh mi inspired frank) is my favorite.

    October 9, 2011 at 10:17 pm |
  24. SlantEye Slim

    I from China. Those little mexican dogs taste the best and no buns needed.

    October 9, 2011 at 10:15 pm |
  25. Kris

    Jack's Cosmic Dogs in Charleston, SC deserves a callout. Also, the Bæjarins beztu in Reykjavik, Iceland is without equal.

    October 9, 2011 at 10:12 pm |
  26. Pete

    The Dapper Dog in Philadelphia. Sarcones rolls, Nathan's hot dogs, asparagus, provolone and shaved parmesan. Can't beat it. It's a truck at 2nd and poplar on Friday and Saturday nights. Incredible dogs.

    October 9, 2011 at 10:05 pm |
  27. Joey B

    Dogtown Rochester, NY

    October 9, 2011 at 10:04 pm |
  28. Doggie

    No mention of Hot Doug's in Chicago? That place is featured all the time, has 2 hour lines every day, and makes hot dogs out of wild game.

    October 9, 2011 at 10:01 pm |
    • Dirty dawgs


      October 10, 2011 at 1:20 pm |

    JR's Hot Dogs in Chicago – 95th St. Yummmmm !!
    Cheese Dog Everything no relish , Cheese fries & a Root Beer :-D omg !!!!!

    October 9, 2011 at 7:53 pm |
    • IHEG

      When you say "cheese dog" do you mean the cheese is IN the hotdog or on the outside? and yes, I would love some cheese fries and a rootbeer float.

      After I go to the gym

      October 10, 2011 at 4:21 pm |
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