The 10 best hot dogs in Boston

From chili-loaded sausages and classic franks to inventive concoctions, here are the best hot dogs in Boston
Bronwyn
Photograph: Courtesy Bronwyn Bronwyn
By Gerrish Lopez and Time Out contributors |
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Hot dogs have gone the way of burgers—the classics remain, but kitchens around the city are taking tubular treats in bold new directions. Even vegetarians are getting in on the game; some of the best vegan restaurants in Boston and best vegetarian restaurants in Boston churn out tasty, meat-free hot dogs. When you need a hand-held snack to fill your belly after a night of drinking at the best bars in Boston, here are the best hot dogs in Boston for to satisfy your cravings. And if you haven’t jumped on the hot dog bandwagon yet, check out our guide to the best burgers in Boston.

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Best hot dogs in Boston

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Bronwyn
Photograph: Courtesy Bronwyn
Restaurants, Contemporary European

Bronwyn

icon-location-pin Somerville

You can expect a special sausage at a German restaurant, and Bronwyn’s Brondog” comes through. Pork and beef are blended into this frankfurter, which is served on a homemade potato bread roll. Chili, melted comte cheese, and gourmet ketchup and mustard take things to the next level. Don’t miss the other sausage-centric fare, like the footlong bratwurst with sauerkraut, potatoes, and mustard. 

 

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Trina's Starlite Lounge, Bars, Boston
Photograph: Sara Skolnick
Bars, Cocktail bars

Trina's Starlite Lounge

Fans of Trina’s love the comfort food, and the griddled hot dog options are no exception. There are six options on the menu, including a tofu pup and a corn dog. The chili cheese dog is the way to go, as is the dog of the day; mind-bending versions include a pancake-battered dog rolled in Frosted Flakes, then fried and finished with sriracha sea salt and maple dijon dipping sauce.

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Hojoko
Photograph: Courtesy Yelp/Momo Y.
Restaurants, Japanese

Hojoko

icon-location-pin Fenway/Kenmore

This hip izakaya from Tim and Nancy Cushman offers up cheeky takes on Japanese small plates. After a few rounds of tiki drinks or four-person scorpion bowls, the Dogzilla” is just what you need. This dog is stuffed with cheese, wrapped in bacon, deep fried, then topped with kabayaki sauce and bonito flakes. Even Godzilla is no match for this flavor bomb.

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Bukowski Tavern
Photograph: Courtesy Bukowski Tavern
Bars, Beer bars

Bukowski Tavern

icon-location-pin Back Bay

With some of the best beer on the planet available, you’ll need a dog or two for sustenance, and Bukowski’s has several options. Go for the standard dog on a toasted bun—single or twin—or opt for a veggie version. The Chicago-style dog is topped with relish, sport peppers, mustard, tomato, and pickle. For something more exotic, try the Bison dog, with sriracha ketchup, jalapeno dijon, and beer cheese. All dogs come with tots, salad, or veggies, and you can add chili or “all the bacons.”

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Brass Union
Photograph: Courtesy Brass Union
Bars, Beer bars

Brass Union

icon-location-pin Somerville

After a few attempts at giant Jenga, you’ll be ready to try Brass Union’s Choripan. This Argentinian-style dog features chorizo on an open-face Portuguese bun, topped with chimichurri and scallions. It might not look like your traditional hot dog, but it’s portable and full of flavor, and that’s what counts.

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The Automatic
Photograph: Courtesy Yelp/BostonBestEats X.
Restaurants, Eclectic

The Automatic

icon-location-pin Kendall Sq

This hip Kendall Square bar specializes in classic cocktails and creative bar bites, but don’t miss the frankfurter. Enjoy an all-beef Pearl frank on a New England-style bun, or upgrade to a Green Dog (dragged through the garden, Chicago style), a Messy Dog (with onions, cheese, and chili), or the intimidating Atomic Dog—chili, cheese, onions, and the fiery Inner Beauty” sauce.

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The Bacon Truck
Photograph: Courtesy Yelp/Julie R.
Restaurants, Trucks

The Bacon Truck

icon-location-pin Downtown

Bacon lovers eagerly track this pink truck on Twitter to find out where it will stop. Those who have experienced the special hot dog follow even closer, as this rare delicacy is usually announced mere hours before its appearance. Wrapped in bacon and deep-fried, this is a dog worth waiting for, so keep your eyes peeled.

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Sullivan’s
Photograph: Courtesy Yelp/Voravut R.
Restaurants, Fast food spots

Sullivan’s

icon-location-pin South Boston

For a cheap, satisfying hot dog, head to Southie where Sullivan’s has been dishing them out for more than 60 years. The simple steamed weiner is served on a toasted bun for a mere $2.10. Enjoy it “all around,” with mustard, relish, and onion. For a few more coins, get one with chili and cheese.

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Saus
Photograph: Courtesy Yelp/Idy T.
Restaurants, Fast food spots

Saus

icon-location-pin Government Center

Saus is all about the fries and sauces, but their friks”—beef and pork sausages—are also worth a try. Served on Iggy's brioche, they come in a few different varieties, incorporating the famous sauces of course. Try the spicy option, with pickled jalapenos and smoky chipotle sauce, or the Burger...Kinda” option, with dill pickles, sharp cheddar, and secret sauce.

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Boston Hot Dog Company
Photograp: Courtesy Boston Hot Dog Company
Restaurants, Hot dogs

Boston Hot Dog Company

Go big at this tiny Salem joint where there are plenty of options. (Natural casing or Kosher? Steamed or grilled?) Go for a black angus dog, chicken dog, or veggie dog. For the gluten-free crowd there’s a dog on a stick. For all others, the buttered and grilled roll provides a sturdy base for all the available specialty toppings, from bacon bits and pastrami to spicy peanut sauce. With all dogs under $10, this spot will satisfy everyone cheaply.

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