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The 15 best hot dogs in Las Vegas

From mayo and ketchup-topped sausages to delicious franks, wieners and wurstels, here are the best hot dogs in Las Vegas

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By Sarah Feldberg |
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The canvas is simple: tubular meat, squishy bun, maybe a squirt of mustard. But when that simple combination is done right, a hot dog becomes more than the sum of its parts, a meal that’s simultaneously low brow and divine. Just like the best sushi in Las Vegas, the best hot dogs in Las Vegas come in all shapes and sizes: from sausages topped with relish, ketchup, mayo and mustard to classic franks, wieners and wurstels. Sure, you might find some delicious variation of the food at the best buffets in America, but there is something about each one of the hot dogs below that makes it truly top-notch. And, remember, no sausage experience is complete without a cold beer in hand (here are the best places to drink craft beer in Las Vegas… You’re welcome).

Best hot dogs in Las Vegas

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Coney Dog at American Coney Island
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Restaurants, Hot dogs

Coney Dog at American Coney Island

If you’ve ever been to Detroit, there’s a good chance you’re already familiar with the concept of coney dogs and American Coney Island, one of the originators of the species. A coney dog is a hot dog wedged into a steamed bun and topped with chili, raw onions and yellow mustard. American Coney Island has been serving them for 100 years in Michigan as well as a handful in Las Vegas at the Detroit-inspired D casino where Midwesterners and drunks revel in the dogs’ meat-on-meat goodness.

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Shack-cago Dog at Shake Shack
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Shack-cago Dog at Shake Shack

When you start to feel like it’s impossible to have a meal on the Strip without dropping at least $20, head to Shake Shack. Along with the usual lineup of burgers and concretes, you’ll find 100% beef Vienna hot dogs served in GMO-free potato buns. The Shack-cago Dog is “dragged through the garden” and topped with relish, onion, cucumber, tomato, pickles, peppers, celery salt and mustard. It’s basically like eating a salad.

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Haute Doggery
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Restaurants, Hot dogs

The Fun-Ghi at Haute Doggery

Whether you like your weenies classic or creative, this Linq lunch spot has a link with your name on it. Under the “retro” heading find regional standards like Detroit coney and Chicago-style, while under the “haute” banner things get a bit more interesting. Consider the Billionaire dog, a kobe beef frank with foie gras torchon, onion marmalade and truffle mayo, but maybe opt for the Fun-Ghi instead. Its combination of grilled mushrooms, caramelized onions and gruyere cheese is sold gold, no duck liver required.

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Pastrami Reuben Dog at Pink’s
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Pastrami Reuben Dog at Pink’s

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Imagine if a hot dog met a Reuben sandwich and fell madly in love. Their offspring might resemble this mashup of snacks served at Pink’s at Planet Hollywood. The Pastrami Reuben Dog is exactly what it sounds like: a hot dog with pastrami, sauerkraut, Swiss cheese and mustard all nestled in the same bun.

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Hula Hula at Papaya King
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Restaurants, Hot dogs

Hula Hula at Papaya King

Beloved by Julia Child, Anthony Bourdain and even Martha Stewart, this New York institution has been pairing franks and tropical fruit drinks since before the founder of your go-to pressed juicery was born. But, until recently, you had to be in New York to get your hands on Papaya King. That changed in 2016, when the revered lunch spot opened its first location beyond Manhattan right here in Las Vegas. Now you can snag a papaya juice and a classic hot dog with kraut and red onion sauce or spring for something special, like the spicy-sweet Hula Hula with jalapeños, fresh pineapple, sweet peppers and sauteed onions.

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