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  • Best places to find an over-the-top hot dog

    by Stefanie | Posted on June 30th, 2014

    The hot dog is one of the quintessential American culinary staples. When you think of these delicious franks, nestled perfectly in their bun, ketchup, mustard and relish follow shortly behind. What about some pineapple or guacamole? Check out any of these hot dog joints, and you’re in a unique meat-lover’s dream.

    City Dogs

    City Dogs

    CITY DOGS, Richmond
    City Dogs, with two locations in Richmond, offers more than 10 unique dogs on its menu. As one frequent patron boasts, “The Santa Fe Dog, with fresh guacamole, fresh jalapeños and tortilla strips keep you coming back for more. The Honolulu Dog, with pineapple and rich BBQ, and the Carolina Dog with BBQ and coleslaw on top of the dog are also awesome picks. Plus the wait staff is friendly and very helpful.” And to wash down the hot dog, great drink specials are always available to enjoy. After getting your hot dog fix, Richmond offers countless historic excursions for visitors, from the Richmond Slave Trail, to breathtaking Maymont, and everything in between.

    DIPDOG, Marion
    A rags to riches and rags to riches again, DipDog Stand in Marion has been in business since 1957, powering through redirection of passing roads, management transition and more. The Stand stood the test of time, thriving off their unique, affordable menu. The family-owned business has hosted a number of events and has also had Aerosmith pass by! DipDog has been listed in Southern Living magazine and has also been voted best overall restaurant, best hotdogs, best service, and more. While you’re in Marion, take in a show at The Lincoln Theatre and spend a weekend at Hungry Mother State Park.

    THE GAP DELI, Fancy Gap
    As you’re making your way through the Blue Ridge Parkway, stop by The Gap Deli and try one of two hot dogs that veer off the beaten path. The General Lee Smack Down Dog is a quarter-pound, all-beef dog, wrapped in cheese and slices of bacon; topped off with chili, red onions, tomatoes, jalapenos, banana peppers, yellow mustard and coleslaw. Feel like a more traditional dog, but with a twist? Try the General Grant Chow Down Dog, topped with tomatoes, dill pickles, sweet relish, banana peppers, red onions, yellow mustard and sprinkled with celery salt. Both are served on a delicious toasted French roll.

    Goochland Drive-In

    Goochland Drive-In

    GOOCHLAND DRIVE-IN, Hadensville
    Have you ever heard of this one? The Gooch Dog, a hotdog topped with mac n’cheese, with a special/secret sauce piled on top. The Goochland Drive-In, a family-oriented, classic drive-in establishment, offers its patrons new release movies and unique American concessions, such as the Gooch Dog. It’s worth a visit for a night of family fun.

    HAUTE DOG & FRIES, Alexandria & Purcellville
    “Keep it simple. Everyone loves a hotdog.” That’s the motto of Haute Dog & Fries, located just outside Washington, D.C., as well as Purcellville. Choose from one of their 15 dogs on the menu, or make your own custom creation (including rainbow sprinkles!). Try out the District “D.C.” Dog, complete with bleu cheese, BBQ sauce, yellow mustard, chopped onions and a dill pickle. Or how about the classic Haute Dog? Dressed with homemade warm house onion relish, yellow mustard, mayo and celery salt. All hotdogs are natural, all-beef franks; as well as gluten, dairy and sugar-free. Pair your hotdog with Haute Dog’s signature fries and you’re good to go!

    DOUG’S HOT DOGS, Norfolk
    Doug’s Hot Dogs, located in Ocean View in Norfolk, is known for its BBQ hot dog, complete with authentic pulled pork BBQ. Arrays of other topping options are available, including the bacon-cheddar dog and their foot-long. 

    Skeeter's, E. N. Umberger Store

    Skeeter’s, E. N. Umberger Store

    SKEETER’S “WORLD FAMOUS” HOTDOGS, Wytheville
    Home of the Skeeterdog, Skeeter’s has served nearly nine million dogs since 1925. As one visitor boasts, “My favorite Skeeterdog is the “All the Way.” The All the Way dog comes buried under chili, mustard and ultra-creamy slaw that’s almost more of a sauce, and super finely diced fresh onions. The buns are steamed behind the counter and arrive at the table nice and soft. Skeeter’s has been named Hot Dog of the Week by seriouseats.com.

    DONKEY DAWGS, Virginia Beach
    If you’re visiting Virginia Beach, you have to take a stop to Donkey Dawgs, just a few miles from the coastline. Serving hot dogs, Carolina BBQ, burgers, salad, homemade soups and daily specials, there’s something that is sure to please any palate.

     



    Food, Locals | 12 Comments

    12 Responses to “Best places to find an over-the-top hot dog”

    1. Mitone says:

      Definitely putting my vote in for The Gap Deli at the Parkway in Fancy Gap, VA. Great food and atmosphere!

    2. Phyllis Liebing says:

      What about Tony’s on Newtown Rd. in Norfolk, VA?

    3. Carolyn says:

      What about Jack Brown’s in Harrisonburg? Where else can you get a burger with a fried egg on top!?

    4. Larry Morris says:

      Stateline Diner on West Main St in Danville fix’s a great hotdog.
      Homemade chill and homemade cole slaw.

    5. Troy says:

      I think the Boardwalk Cafe in Waynesboro VA would give any of them a run for their money, if not top the list. The last time I was there they also had a food challenge wall with pictures of customers who had eaten the most hotdogs. I couldn’t eat more than two with the amount of toppings they had. Here is a look at their menu.

      Alabama- A grilled hot dog topped with fresh sauerkraut, all-beef chili, dill pickle, mustard, and ketchup.

      Arizona- A grilled hot dog topped with pinto beans, shredded cheese, diced onion, tomatoes, mayonnaise, mustard, ketchup, bacon, and salsa verde.

      Atlantic City- A grilled hot dog topped with all-beef chili, diced onion, mustard, and fresh
      sauerkraut.

      B.L. Texas- A grilled hot dog topped with bacon, lettuce, tomatoes, and mayo.

      Boardwalk- A grilled hot dog on a pretzel bun, topped with homemade coleslaw.

      Boston- A grilled hot dog topped with baked beans, diced onion, and mustard.

      Brooklyn- A grilled hot dog topped with sliced pepperoni, marinara sauce, and melted mozzarella cheese.

      Buffalo- A grilled hot dog topped with shredded carrots, diced celery, Buffalo wing sauce, and ranch dressing.

      California- A grilled hot dog topped with guacamole, lettuce, tomatoes, onions, and
      jalapenos.

      Carolina- A grilled hot dog topped with mustard, onions, and all-beef chili.

      Chicago- A grilled hot dog topped with tomatoes, relish, diced onion, celery salt, mustard,
      poppy seeds, and fresh dill pickle.

      Chicago “Plus”- A grilled hot dog topped with homemade coleslaw, tomatoes, relish, diced onion, celery salt, dill pickle, mustard, and ketchup.

      Christmas 2010- A grilled hot dog topped with melted mozzarella cheese, lettuce, tomatoes, relish, ketchup, and diced onion.

      Cincinnati- A grilled hot dog topped with Cincinnati chili, diced onions, and shredded cheddar cheese.

      Connecticut- A grilled hot dog topped with sauerkraut, bacon, diced onion, relish, ketchup, and mustard.

      Dakota Prairie- A grilled hot dog topped with baked beans, onions, fresh dill pickle, ketchup, mustard, cheese, and crumbled potato chips.

      Dallas- A grilled hot dog topped with all-beef chili, shredded cheese, sliced jalapeños, and bacon.

      Dixie BBQ-A grilled hot dog topped with sweet and tangy sauced pulled pork BBQ and homemade coleslaw.

      Elvis’ Memphis- A grilled hot dog topped with peanut butter, sliced banana, and bacon.
      (Enjoy one, and we’ll add your photo to our “Elvis’ Memphis Wall of Fame”!)

      Georgia- A grilled hot dog topped with homemade coleslaw, dill pickle, all-beef chili, oyster crackers, ketchup, and mustard.

      Hawaii- A grilled hot dog topped with crushed pineapple, ham, honey mustard, shredded coconut, and a maraschino cherry.

      Idaho- A grilled dog topped with mustard, homemade potato salad, and bacon (ketchup/relish added upon request).

      Iowa- A grilled hot dog topped with homemade sweet corn relish, tomatoes, and honey mustard.

      Kansas City- A grilled hot dog topped with melted Swiss cheese, mustard, and fresh sauerkraut.

      Lafayette, NJ- A grilled hot dog topped with melted American cheese, relish, and bacon.

      Las Vegas- A grilled hot dog with any 5 toppings (plus condiments) of your choice.

      Little Italy- A grilled hot dog topped with melted provolone cheese, lettuce, tomatoes, banana peppers, and Italian dressing.

      Maine- A grilled hot dog topped with homemade sweet onion relish, celery salt, and mayonnaise.

      Miami- A grilled hot dog topped with homemade mango salsa, lettuce, honey mustard, and poppy seeds (hot peppers/hot sauce upon request).

      Minnesota- A grilled dog topped with mustard, mayo, onions, and shredded cheese.

      Nebraska- A grilled hot dog nestled in warm ham, topped with mustard, onions, bacon and coleslaw.

      New Mexico “Taco Dog”-A grilled hot dog topped with all-beef chili, sour cream, taco chips, sliced jalapeños, diced onion, shredded cheese, and lettuce.

      New York City- A steamed hot dog topped with fresh sauerkraut and mustard or authentic New York pushcart-style sweet onion-tomato sauce.
      (If you just can’t decide which way to order it, ask for a “half-and-half”!)

      N. Y. Deli Dog- A grilled hot dog topped with melted Swiss cheese, 1000 Island dressing, and fresh sauerkraut.

      Oklahoma- A grilled hot dog topped with homemade chow-chow, bacon, and mustard.

      Penn Dutch- A grilled hot dog on a pretzel bun, topped with sweet & sour cabbage, mustard, bacon, and diced onion.

      Peoria, IL- A steamed hot dog with tomato slices and ketchup.

      Philly Cheese- A grilled hot dog topped with melted provolone cheese and roasted sweet bell peppers and onions.

      Pittsburgh- A grilled hot dog topped with provolone cheese, homemade coleslaw, tomatoes, and lettuce (hot peppers upon request).

      Plymouth Rock- A grilled hot dog topped with cranberry sauce, turkey gravy, and bread stuffing.

      Santa Fe- A grilled hot dog topped with shredded cheese, warm black bean salsa, and sliced jalapeños.

      Tennessee- A grilled hot dog topped with homemade coleslaw, bacon, Jack Daniel’s BBQ sauce, diced onion, and mustard.

      Vermont- A grilled hot dog topped with homemade coleslaw, honey mustard, diced onion, and baked beans.

      Virginia Classic- A grilled hot dog topped with all-beef chili, diced onion, and shredded cheddar cheese (mustard upon request).

      Walla Walla “Onion Lover”- A grilled hot dog topped with warm sweet tomato-onion sauce, diced fresh onions, and crunchy French-fried onions.

      West Virginia- A grilled hot dog topped with homemade coleslaw, all-beef chili, diced onion, and mustard.

      Western Plain- A grilled hot dog topped with mustard, ketchup, onions, and/or relish.

      Wilson Warrior “Meat Lover”- A grilled dog with warm ham, bacon, all-beef chili, and pepperoni, plus your choice of condiments.

      Wisconsin- A grilled hot dog topped with genuine Kraft Macaroni and Cheese and shredded cheddar cheese.

      Wyoming – A grilled hot dog with melted American cheese, bacon, and ranch dressing.

    6. Autumn says:

      Joey’s hotdogs!! http://www.joeyshotdogs.com. 4028 Cox Rd, Glen Allen, VA

    7. Maralyn says:

      I have been to Haute Dog more times than I can count. They are the best!!!!

    8. Jimmy Speck says:

      Barking Dog in Hampton…..a local favorite

    9. Debbie says:

      Moores country store, Lynchburg Va. 460 east also on waterlck rd. Lynchburg Va. Love them dogs. But be sure to have a good cold drink, they will light you up.

    10. Carrie says:

      Clarke’s Grille and Sports Emporium in Manassas Park!

    11. Richard says:

      Try the Hot Dogs at Moore’s Store just east of Lynchburg on Rt. 460.

      • John White says:

        I agree with Richard. That is a 5 star hot dog. I get one everytime I’m in Lynchburg.