Try one of these 7 metro Atlanta spots for over-the-top gourmet hot dogs

July is National Hot Dog Month, and to celebrate, we’re highlighting metro Atlanta hot dogs that have gone from classic to couture. Whether wrapped in a waffle, topped with lobster and caviar, or something totally unexpected, each flavorful frank takes a twist on an American favorite. At these seven restaurants, hot dogs are served haute.

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Barleygarden Kitchen. Build your perfect gourmet dog with five choices of sausage and five possible topping combos. Choices include a Knockwurst-Bratwurst and Sweet Italian sausages as well as turkey chili, sauerkraut, gluten-free corndog batter and more.

900 Avalon Blvd, Alpharetta. 678-266-6220,

Dazzle Dogs. This gourmet hot doggery serves a long list of dogs crammed with unexpected toppings. Try the Xolo Dog topped with crumbled bacon, jalapenos, sauteed onions, cheese and guacamole salsa or the St. Bernard, slathered with chili and cheddar cheese and finished off with a handful of Fritos. Wash it all down with one of Dazzle Dogs' creamy milkshakes.

1925 Braselton Highway, Buford. 470-448-3975,

Dog Days. Enjoy a sophisticated twist on two childhood favorites with the Mac and Cheese Dog, made with five white cheeses. Each dog comes in small and quarter-pound sizes.

6025 Peachtree Pkwy #3, Peachtree Corners. 770-449-7433,

Fox Dogs. You can build your own dog at Fox Dogs, but why not go for one of the restaurant’s specialty dog? The Blue Devil Dog comes topped with french fries, blue cheese, bacon and buffalo wing sauce.

154 Roswell Road, Marietta. 770-767-6408,

Credit: Carolyn Desalu

Credit: Carolyn Desalu

Myungrang Hot Dog. Feeling really adventurous? This Korean street food spot specializes in hot dogs that might have you doing a double-take. Try the squid ink and mozzarella dog, which sees a sausage wrapped in a layer of cheese and fried in a squid ink batter, or the potato hot dog coated in deep-fried pieces of potato for something totally different.

6035 Peachtree Road, Doraville, 770-234-9866 and 2550 Pleasant Hill Road, Duluth, 404-302-0448.

Original Hot Dog Factory. There are more than 20 over-the-top loaded dog options on the menu at Original Hot Dog Factory. Check out the Jamaican Jerk Chicken Dog with grilled pineapple, chopped onions and sweet island sauce, or the Surf and Turf with lump crab meat, tomatoes and Try Me sauce.

Multiple locations,

The Painted Pin. Their tag line is "Come Play," but this boutique bowling alley's signature waffle dog, an update on the classic corn dog, beckons hot dog fans to come eat. This version features three petite beef franks wrapped in malted waffle batter and served with sweet soy aioli.

737 Miami Circle NE, Atlanta. 404-814-8736,


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