Best Places to Find an Over-the-Top Hot Dog

by Stefanie Hatcher | Posted: Jun 30, 2014 | Updated: Jul 6, 2017

Comments: 20 Comments

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, 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.

City Dogs

City Dogs


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.



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.



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.

Goochland Drive-In

Goochland Drive-In


HAUTE DOGS & FRIES, Alexandria & Purcellville

“Keep it simple. Everyone loves a hotdog.” That’s the motto of Haute Dogs & 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!

Haute Dog & Fries

Haute Dogs & Fries



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. 



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




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.


Here are a few more restaurants to get a fantastic Virginia hot dog that were recommended by our fans!

  • Jess’ Lunch—Harrisonburg
  • Vienna Inn
  • Moore’s Hot dog—Lynchburg
  • T-Room—Lynchburg
  • The Cavalier—Lynchburg
  • Mason Dixon—Fredericksburg
  • Windy City Red Hots—Leesburg
  • Joey’s Hot Dogs—Glen Allen
  • Gus’s Hot Dog King—Newport News
  • Lulu’s Hot Dogs—Chesapeake
  • Bowling Place—Rocky Mount
  • Jack’s Quick Stand—Gretna
  • Stroops Heroic Dogs—Richmond
  • Pop’s Dogs & Ma’s Burgers—Richmond
  • Tubby’s Hot Dogs—Norfolk
  • Tony’s Hot Dogs—Virginia Beach
  • Sid’s Drive In—Amherst



Leave a Reply

19 Comment threads
1 Thread replies
Most reacted comment
Hottest comment thread
18 Comment authors
Shawn BeardJoby Foleybob masencupYvonneEmme Recent comment authors
Notify of

Roanoke Weiner Stand in Roanoke, and Joeys Hot Dogs in Richmond, both deserve honorable mention!

Kim Logue

HogsHead Cafe in RVA for a signature Hog Dog, a Big Boner, Philly Dog, Reuben Dog, Cubano Dog, Pignic Dog, Chicago Dog or just a Build your Own Dog


How could you miss Jess’ Hot Dogs in Harrisonburg!! This place has been around forever and the chili dogs are legendary!!


Chili dogs from the Vienna Inn !

Donna Sterne
Donna Sterne

I can’t believe no one has mentioned Moore’s Hotdog or the Troom’s hotdog in Lynchburg, VA


Boardwalk in Waynesboro has dogs from all 50 states – can’t believe they didn’t make the list. And although it originated in Kingsport, Tennessee, Pals in Bristol and Abingdon have the best hot dogs EVER. Even my husband who is from Baltimore said he’s never had a better dog.


The Cavalier in Lynchburg VA, hands down!!


I’d like to put a plug in for The Weiner Circle in Herndon, VA.


These are all really great dogs, but you should take a look at Mason Dixon in Fredericksburg. They have everything from a Ruben dog, Fried Macaroni and Cheese Dog, to bacon wrapped and deep fried. Amazing!

Derek Chamberlin

This makes me really hungry!