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Try one of these 8 metro Atlanta spots for over-the-top gourmet hot dogs

Today's hot dogs 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 eight restaurants, hot dogs are served haute.

The menu at Barleygarden Kitchen and Craft Bar claims to serve “The Best Hot Dog You’ll Ever Eat.” It would make our critic’s top five, but check it out for yourself. CONTRIBUTED BY WYATT WILLIAMS
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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 Towne Franks.  The Banh Mi hot dog, topped with cucumber, pickled daikon radish and carrot, cilantro, mayo and Sriracha sauce, combines Vietnamese flavors with an American classic. All hot dogs can be made with your choice of a German-style frankfurter, all-beef dog or veggie dog.

307B E College Ave, Decatur. 404-481-5939,

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,

Doggy DoggIf you’re up for a surprise, the Chef Spesh is for you. Described as “hot dog roulette,” it’s your choice of protein and a random mix of seasonal toppings and sauces. Possibilities include cucumber dill relish, tandoori Veganaise and peppered plantain chips. 

310 E Howard Avenue, Decatur.

Treat yourself to the Cadillac of hot dogs, a frank topped with lobster and truffle butter, at Drafts + Dogs in Ponce City Market. CONTRIBUTED BY HENRI HOLLIS
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Drafts + Dogs. Located in Ponce City Market, this restaurant serves draft cocktails and inventive craft hot dogs, including a dog that screams “’treat yourself”. The I’m So Fancy is a black Angus beef frank topped with lobster, truffle butter and caviar.

675 Ponce De Leon Ave. NE, Atlanta. 

The Waffle Dog from The Painted Pin 
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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. 

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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