Whether made in-house or custom-ordered from respected local suppliers Hudson Meats and Smokey Denmark, all Frank franks have a few things in common: they’re unusual, creative and downright delicious. You can go conservative (a beer-soaked brat slathered with mustard) or super-adventurous (the Jackalope, a smoked antelope, rabbit and pork sausage dressed with cranberry compote and sriracha aioli). The house-baked buns are soft, fluffy and not too sweet, but if you’re feeling feisty you can opt to corn dog-ify any sausage of your choosing for just 50 additional cents.
It’s hard to think of a more all-American snack than the humble hot dog. Alongside the best burgers in America as well as our best fried chicken and best BBQ, franks are one of the most representative foods of the red, white and blue. It should come as no surprise, then, that most corners of the country are crowded with top-quality spots that make choosing America's best hot dogs a chalenge: from simple-but-satisfying griddled links with a simple swipe of mustard to custom-made wild game sausages loaded with house-pickled vegetables, hot dog aficionados from Seattle to New York can find satisfaction. Still, some stand out above the rest: These are the best hot dog restaurants in America. Follow Time Out USA on Facebook; sign up for the Time Out USA newsletter