Hot dogs. The sometimes mystery meat-filled goodies that are portable and, at this time of year, so crave-able. If you can’t grill your own, or grab a foot-long hot dog and a drink on your way out of Costco, no problem! Here’s a list of 15 places where you can find some of DFW’s best dogs and brats, the hot dog’s slightly more upscale cousin.
Dog Haus Beirgarten gets the nod for the most unusual hot dog toppings, from the Japanese cuisine-infused Pineapple Express to the So Cali — avocado, arugula lettuce and a spicy basil aioli. All the dogs are 100% beef except the plant-based Beyond Brat and Beyond Sausage dogs.
This Fort Worth staple offers Nathan’s brand hot dogs, which are all beef and have a casing that makes an amazing “snap” when you bite in to one. Pair that with a shake or frozen custard and it’s a definite win! Feeling like a champion? Try your luck at Curly’s version of the Nathan’s Hot Dog Eating Contest on July 4.
Katy Trail Ice House (in Dallas) and Katy Trail Ice House Outpost (in Plano) both serve a Shiner Beer-soaked brat on a bun, along with a standard and Coney Island hot dog (Texas-style with chili, cheese, and onions). In my opinion, the Dallas location near the Katy Trail is one of the loveliest places to spend an afternoon.
10. GLOBE LIFE PARK
Baseball and hot dogs abound at Globe Life Park. Hot dog offerings of seasons past include the Boomstick (a food-long dog smothered in onions) and the Dilly Dog (a hot dog in a dill pickle). This year, the RWB dog is a sweet/savory combo of two kinds of Best Maid pickles (colored red and blue because – Rangers!) topping a 100% beef dog on a bun.
Pro tip: Wednesdays are Texas Chili Company Dollar Hot Dog nights — as many dogs as you can eat for a dollar each!
Magnolia Motor Lounge in Fort Worth offers hot dogs prepared four ways, from plain with ketchup and/or mustard to the Junk Yard Dog: A hand-battered, deep-fried 100% beef dog smothered in chili, queso, and jalapenos. The hot dogs come with really tasty house-made fries, and if you stick around for the Thursday-Sunday concert series, you might well see the next Leon Bridges. You may recall that Leon did a stint in the back before making it big.
Kincaid’s Hamburgers is best known for their burgers, but three kinds of dogs are also on the menu: plain, chili-cheese, and a corn-battered dog that does the State Fair proud. Pair your choice of Nathan’s all-beef dogs with a side of okra for a great treat. Better yet, this local DFW chain has locations in Forth Worth, Arlington and Southlake, so you can enjoy their delicious dogs across the Metroplex.
14. SUMO SHACK
You wouldn’t expect to find hot dogs at the Sumo Shack. Surprisingly, the fast-casual Japanese restaurant in Dallas offers two beef sausage dogs: one with miso chili and queso, and one with nori, scallion, and caramelized onion. Katsu corndogs also make a menu appearance, accompanied by spicy mayo and spicier ketchup.
15. SCOTTY P’S
Make a stop in Plano or Frisco to chow down at Scotty P’s. The huge, chili-and-onion-covered hot dog comes split and cradled between a Texas-toasted burger bun and is, without a doubt, worth it. It’s unusual, but that’s what you get when a Chicago foodie (Mike P.) settled in Texas with his family. Twenty years later, the food’s just as good.