America’s 35 Best Hot Dogs

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Root-Beer Man
Cheeseburger
2014/04/09 18:58:56
In yet another best of list we have the folks at DailyMeal chiming in. While I haven't eaten at all 35, I have been to a few of them on the list and they did give high rankings to my favourite, The Dew Drop Dog from the Dew Drop Inn in Mobile. It came in at a solid #10! I like their list, it's certainly a better one than many I've seen out there and it wasn't crowded with froo-froo dogs from gourmet restaurants. Just lots of solid dogs from good joints.
 
http://www.thedailymeal.c...ica-s-35-best-hot-dogs
 
 
#35: Gray’s Papaya, New York City: New York-Style
#34: Bob's Drive Inn, Le Mars, Iowa: Bob Dog
#33: Good Dog, Houston: Ol’ Zapata Dog
#32: Memphis Taproom Beer Garden, Philadelphia: The Polser
#31: Gus's, Birmingham, Ala.: Greek Dog
#30: Simone’s Hot Dog Stand, Lewiston, Maine: Red Snapper
#29: Coney I-Lander, Tulsa, Okla.: Coney
#28: Nathan’s Famous, Coney Island, N.Y.: Mustard and Sauerkraut
#27: Wiener’s Circle, Chicago: Double Chardog
#26: Dodger Stadium, Los Angeles: Dodger Dog with Mustard, Ketchup, Onions, and Relish
#25: Martinsville Speedway, Ridgeway, Va.: Chili Dog
#24: Coney Island Lunch, Scranton, Pa.: Texas Wiener
#23: Clare & Carl's, Plattsburgh, N.Y.: Michigan Hot Dog
#22: Boston Super Dog, Roxbury, Mass.: Loaded
#21: Blue Ash Chili, Cincinnati: Cheese Coney
#20: Shake Shack, Multiple Locations: Shack-cago Dog
#19: El Guero Canelo, Tucson, Ariz.: Sonoran Dog
#18: Gene and Jude’s, Chicago: Hot Dog with Fries
#17: Bark Hot Dogs, Brooklyn, N.Y.: Bacon Cheddar Dog
#16: Pink’s, Los Angeles: Three Dog Night
#15: Walter's, Mamaroneck, N.Y.: With Homemade Mustard
#14: J. S. Pulliam Barbecue, Winston-Salem, N.C.: Chili Slaw Dog
#13: Senate Restaurant, Cincinnati: Croque Madame
#12: Ben’s Chili Bowl, Washington, D.C.: The Half-Smoke
#11: Lafayette Coney Island, Detroit: Coney
#10: Dew Drop Inn, Mobile, Ala.: Dew Drop Dog
#9: Flo's, Cape Neddick, Maine: Hot Dog with Mayo, Celery Salt, Relish
#8: Katz’s Deli, New York City: Mustard and Sauerkraut
#7: Rawley’s Drive-In, Fairfield, Conn.: "The Works"
#6: Superdawg, Chicago: Superdawg
#5: Olneyville N.Y. System, North Providence, R.I.: NY System Dog
#4: Schaller’s Drive-In, Rochester, N.Y.: Meat Sauce, Mustard, Onions
#3: Hot Doug’s, Chicago: Foie Gras and Sauternes Duck Sausage
#2: Rutt’s Hut, Clifton, N.J.: The Ripper with Relish
#1: Fat Johnnie’s Famous Red Hots, Chicago: Mighty Dog

wheregreggeats.com
Filet Mignon
Re:America’s 35 Best Hot Dogs 2014/04/09 19:00:31
A valid list :-)
Twinwillow
Sirloin
Re:America’s 35 Best Hot Dogs 2014/04/09 20:24:45
If they knew about Luscher's Post Oak Red Hots, they would have included them as well.
These garlic bombs are hand crafted in Dallas, Texas by Brian Luscher. A Chicago expat and renowned Dallas chef (The Grape). Luscher uses only premium locally pastured organic beef & pork cuts of the highest quality with natural casings. And, they're smoked over Texas post oak.
http://www.postoakredhots.com/
 
 
 
 
post edited by Twinwillow - 2014/04/09 20:38:36
Keysey42
Hamburger
Re:America’s 35 Best Hot Dogs 2014/04/09 21:10:05
And therein lies my problem with such lists.

Did the good folks at dailymeal check out every hot dog joint in the country, or did they just go to those that already had a reputation? This isn't sour grapes because no place in Florida made the list, or that Chicago got an inordinate amount of attention (5 spots on the list, plus a Chicago-style dog from NYC) while Milwaukee, where a lot of old world Würstmachers are cranking out excellent dogs, was ignored. It's not even about this particular list.

It's just that I can't help but be skeptical of "best restaurant" lists of any kind. There are hundreds of thousands of really great restaurants out there, and there's no way possible to rank them. Witness the fact that there all multiple "Best Philly Cheesesteak in Philadelphia" lists, none of which can even agree which cheesesteak joints belong in the top 10, 15, 20 or 30 (or however many they're ranking), much less where those that do make multiple lists place in the rankings. If different reviewers can't even agree on a "Best Of" list in one city, how can anyone possibly rank the best in the country?

That's why I like Roadfood — no attempts are made to rank anything, just a solid catalogue of great local restaurants of all kinds to try all over the country, along with a multitude of others recommended by the good folks in this forum.

I'm sure every place on the list serves up great dogs (though I'll pass on the Chicago dogs, thanks). But "best?" Don't even think about making that call until you've tried every hot dog in the country. And even then, a dog you love might be one hundreds of others hate.

Okay, rant over.
ScreenBear
Double Chili Cheeseburger
Re:America’s 35 Best Hot Dogs 2014/04/09 22:05:39
Such lists are subjective, sometimes fun, and sometimes educative. But at the end of the day, they should be taken with a grain of nitrite. 
 
  The Bear
JayL
Cheeseburger
Re:America’s 35 Best Hot Dogs 2014/04/09 22:07:06
#14  Pulliam's in Winston Salem, NC
 
Was spending a couple of days loafing around WS a few years back while my wife was attending a conference.  I Googled a few barbecue restaurants and decided to try a couple.  One was Little Richard's which was pretty darn good barbecue (even to this Eastern NC boy).  But the other was J.S. Pulliam Barbecue.  I went for the Q, but ended up being impressed by the dogs.
 
I pulled up and the place looked as though it could fall down at any minute...my kind of joint.  At the time I didn't even realize they sold hotdogs.  So I went in, saw the short menu and ordered a barbecue sandwich & a hot dog.  Since it's take out only I went and sat in the car to eat.  The barbecue was quite forgettable...DO NOT go for the barbecue!  But the hotdog...oh the glorious hot dog!  Very simple without any pretension (so don't get any illusions that you'll get any type of gourmet creation).  Just a simple red hot dog served in a bun that's had the top toasted on the flat top in some butter.  It's a divine concoction.
 
After struggling through my barbecue sandwich and thoroughly enjoying the delicious hot dog, I evacuated the car and immediately re-entered the store and ordered another dog. 
 
Nice to see this tiny little place make the list with some of the nation's hot dog greats.
 

 
 
 

 
 
 

 
 
 
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post edited by JayL - 2014/04/09 22:11:29
mar52
Sirloin
Re:America’s 35 Best Hot Dogs 2014/04/09 22:46:32
Very subjective.
 
I've been to 3 on the list and wouldn't return to two of them.
 
But it's lists like these that help people get out and try places they've never heard of.
 
 
Foodbme
Porterhouse
Re:America’s 35 Best Hot Dogs 2014/04/10 01:17:23
ScreenBear
Such lists are subjective, sometimes fun, and sometimes educative. But at the end of the day, they should be taken with a grain of nitrite.  
The Bear

Now THAT'S funny right there!
Foodbme
Porterhouse
Re:America’s 35 Best Hot Dogs 2014/04/10 01:20:20
How come Ted's in NY & AZ didn't make the list?
http://www.tedshotdogs.com/
eruby
Double Cheeseburger
Re:America’s 35 Best Hot Dogs 2014/04/10 09:31:12
Foodbme

How come Ted's in NY & AZ didn't make the list?
http://www.tedshotdogs.com/
Same reason Famous Hot Weiner in Hanover PA got nixed.
 
http://famoushotweiner.com/
 
Or Texas Hot Weiner Lunch.
 
http://www.yelp.com/biz/texas-hot-weiner-lunch-hanover
 
Foie gras?  Really? 

post edited by eruby - 2014/04/10 09:32:44
leethebard
Sirloin
Re:America’s 35 Best Hot Dogs 2014/04/10 10:16:25
...and no Max's in Long Branch....????
brisketboy
Double Chili Cheeseburger
Re:America’s 35 Best Hot Dogs 2014/04/10 10:39:44
Maybe this place will make the next list.
 
www.manbitesdogaustin.com
 
eruby
Double Cheeseburger
Re:America’s 35 Best Hot Dogs 2014/04/10 11:01:53
brisketboy

Maybe this place will make the next list.

www.manbitesdogaustin.com

Abe Froman FTW!
 
https://mavn.is/manbitesdog/burnet/#m/abe-froman/

harriet1954
Double Chili Cheeseburger
Re:America’s 35 Best Hot Dogs 2014/04/10 11:02:55
I have the distinction of having never eaten at any of the places on the list (not even Rutt's, or Pink's when I lived in California)...but I've eaten at some good ones that haven't made the list! The only lists I actually like are my "to do" lists. Sometimes they include places I should go to eat, though.
ScreenBear
Double Chili Cheeseburger
Re:America’s 35 Best Hot Dogs 2014/04/11 10:11:22
Gray's Papaya, Rutt's Hut, Katz's, Shake Shack, Walter's, Nathan's in Coney Island. Those are the 6 I've visited. And I call myself a hot dog enthusiast. Hmmph.
 
  The Bear
johnlockedema
Cheeseburger
Re:America’s 35 Best Hot Dogs 2014/04/13 14:40:28
One place in NJ?  Really??
leethebard
Sirloin
Re:America’s 35 Best Hot Dogs 2014/04/13 15:55:30
johnlockedema

One place in NJ?  Really??

Yep, something is wrong....Get John Fox on the case!!!
johnlockedema
Cheeseburger
Re:America’s 35 Best Hot Dogs 2014/04/13 17:53:09
leethebard

johnlockedema

One place in NJ?  Really??

Yep, something is wrong....Get John Fox on the case!!!

You'd think they would have an example of the Italian Hot Dog, or a Texas Weiner.