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.
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, barleygardenkitchen.com/
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, dazzle-dogs.com/
Dog Towne Franks. The Banh Mi hot dog, topped with c
307B E College Ave, Decatur. 404-481-5939, dogtownefranks.com/
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, dogdayshotdogs.com/
Doggy Dogg. If 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. heydoggydogg.com/
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. draftsanddogs.com/
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. myungranghotdogus.com/
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, thepaintedpin.com/
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