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13 Dallas-Fort Worth Restaurants With Great Hot Dogs for the 4th of July and Beyond

13 Dallas-Fort Worth Restaurants With Great Hot Dogs for the 4th of July and Beyond

13 Dallas-Fort Worth Restaurants With Great Hot Dogs for the 4th of July and Beyond

Joey Chestnut may not be eating hot dogs at Coney Island this year, but that doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy one on the Fourth of July.

Here are 13 great options in the D-FW area as recommended by our food team. From tofu hot dogs and chili dogs to the classic Chicago-style garden drag. There’s no shortage of great options.

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Angry dog

If you’re going to name your restaurant after a hot dog, it might as well be a good one. This Deep Ellum spot has burgers, wings and everything else you’d expect to find at a bar. But what sets it apart is its namesake hot dog, which comes with chili, mustard, cheddar cheese and red onions. 2726 Commerce Street, Dallas.

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Austin’s underdogs

This Fort Worth hot dog truck has a more touching story than most. Owner Austin Underwood has Down syndrome and runs the truck with the help of his mother, Jan. Underdawgs also supports the Each and Everyone Foundation by providing accessible job training for adults with intellectual disabilities. The menu is simple, offering just three hot dogs: the Classic Dawg, the Straw Dawg, and the Jalapeño Straw Dawg. The latter two are based on the Dawg’s Special Sauce, a chipotle and raspberry barbecue sauce. The truck doesn’t have a permanent home, but instead caters to parties and events by request.

Cold Brew Company

With an extensive draft beer list, there are plenty of reasons to visit Cold Beer Company in Deep Ellum. But even with the wide variety of drink options, their food options are on par. Of their three hot dog options, the “Expo Dog” gets the most buzz: a 1/2-pound hot dog that comes topped with bacon, peppers, and house-made mac and cheese. 3600 Main Street, Dallas.

Cowtown Dogs

These Texas-style hot dogs are served out of an orange food truck and offer much more than meets the eye. Their signature hickory-smoked all-beef hot dog comes with mustard, grilled jalapeños and chili, plus a choice of sweet onions or a blend of onions and peppers. 234 S. Riverfront Blvd. A, Dallas.

Doghouse

This chain started in California in 2010 and has now spread across the country with dozens of locations, including several in North Texas. The seven “haus dogs” are served on Hawaiian buns and range from the “Sooo Cali” and the “Cowboy” to a root beer-battered corn dog. For those who prefer other sausages, Dog Haus serves kielbasa, bratwurst, and spicy Italian options, as well as burgers and chicken sandwiches. For the full experience, visit one of their Biergarten locations in Richardson and Arlington. Multiple locations.

Fletcher's Original Corny Dogs at Klyde Warren Park on Saturday, December 3, 2022 in Dallas.
Fletcher’s Original Corny Dogs at Klyde Warren Park on Saturday, December 3, 2022 in Dallas. (Shafkat Anowar / Staff Photographer)

Fletcher’s Original Corny Dogs

Are corn dogs hot dogs? Regardless of which side of the debate you’re on, Fletcher’s hot dogs are a classic. The Dallas institution says they invented the fried snack for the 1942 State Fair of Texas at 15 cents a piece. They’ve raised the price a bit, but more than 80 years later, they’re still making their original beef and pork corny dog. In addition to the fair, you can find their food truck at Klyde Warren Park. 2012 Woodall Rodgers Expressway, Dallas.

From Kuby

The Kuby family opened their first store in Germany in 1728, nearly 50 years before the United States gained its independence. Generations later, Karl Kuby headed to Dallas and brought back what might be the most authentic German sausage in North Texas. Their sausage in a bun comes with sauerkraut on the side that you can pair with their homemade German potato salad. You can also try their Teller sausage plates, a Reuben sandwich, or some schnitzel. 6601 Snider Plaza, Dallas.

Mike’s Gemini Twin

It would be easy to miss this bar in Cedars, except it has a bright neon sign right above the door. That sign might be the most eye-catching thing about this place. Their Facebook page highlights the no-frills style: “We are a bar with a pool table, a dart board, and no windows.” It turns out they make a great hot dog, too. They keep it simple with store-bought condiments. 1906 S. Harwood St., Dallas.

New York Submarine

This place just celebrated its 50th anniversary in February, and with over 20 different sandwiches on its menu, it’s a sandwich shop through and through. Still, their options for Texas Dog chili, cheese, jalapeño and onion, NY Style sauerkraut and mustard, or their Chicago Style hot dog’s relish, pickles and peppers are nothing to sneeze at. If none of those are what you’re looking for, they also have the Dallas Dog, made to order with exactly what you ask for. 3411 Asbury Street, Dallas.

    New York Sub in Dallas on Friday, June 28, 2024.
New York Sub in Dallas on Friday, June 28, 2024. (Juan Figueroa / Staff Photographer)

Okaeri Coffee

If you’re looking for something a little different, Okaeri Cafe’s Japanese-inspired hottodoggu might be just what you’re looking for. They offer five unique hotto doggu, each with their own unique twist on classic Japanese toppings like nori, shiitake mushrooms, and more. Their katsu doggu is breaded in panko and deep-fried, then served over cabbage and topped with Japanese mayo and tonkatsu sauce. Their tofu katsu doggu swaps out the beef hot dog for a tofu hot dog that comes over a spicy house-made coleslaw and an aioli finish. They also have a variety of more traditional Japanese dishes like noodles, curry, and gyoza. 312 N. Greenville Ave., Suite 100, Richardson.

Portillo's Beef Hot Dog and Fries
Portillo’s Beef Hot Dog and Fries (Jason Janik / Special Contributor)

From portillo

The classic Midwestern chain opened in 1963 as a hot dog stand in the Chicago area and has now expanded to more than 70 locations across the country. Its first Texas location opened last year in The Colony, and the company has been aggressively expanding in the Dallas-Fort Worth area with four more locations already open and another on the way. Its Chicago-style hot dog comes “garden-dragged,” meaning its Vienna beef hot dog is topped with mustard, relish, celery salt, chopped onions, sliced ​​tomatoes, a kosher pickle, and sport peppers on a poppy seed bun. Portillo’s always makes sure to mention its slow-roasted Italian beef sandwich, too. Multiple locations.

TJ’s Dog House

TJ’s Dawg House, which is usually parked in front of a Lowe’s Home Improvement or the Four Bullets brewery in Richardson, offers some of the best hot dogs for your money in D-FW. Their Chicago-style Vienna beef hot dog sells for under $5, and the rest of the menu won’t cost you much more than that, either. 501 S. Plano Road, Richardson from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. and 640 N. Interurban St., Richardson from 3 to 5 p.m.