Best hot dogs in Boston
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.
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.
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.
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.”
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.