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Where to Find a Great Hot Dog in Dallas

Steven Doyle

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Researching the history of the hot dog is murkier than the water some are boiled in, but there is certainly no mistake that the wiener on a bun is a quintessential staple of ball games, circuses, amusement parks, and just about anywhere people are looking for an inexpensive and easy to eat meal.

Dallas saw an insurgence of great hot dogs a few years back, but they did not seem as sustainable as the almighty burger, and many fantastic dog locations shuttered.

We do have a list of some terrific hot dogs found in and around Dallas, take head and enjoy.

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Dog Haus: Located in Richardson with several more in the works in the DFW area, the Dog Haus is the gourmand’s answer to the hot dog. Made with specialty sausages and wieners the Dog Haus dogs are nestled into a grilled series of Hawaiian bread buns. Read our take on this specialty restaurant.

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Wild About Harry’s: Opening in 1996 (seems longer) Harry opened his doors with just four dogs. Several were the Chicago and New York style.  Today much more is served at the new digs at 4527  Travis in Dallas. Harry is gone, as is the ill-fated Deep Ellum location, but the dogs are barking.

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Angry Dog: Who has the best dog in the city? Certainly, Angry Dog qualifies. Look for a huge plated dog smothered in chili and all the accouterments. Located in Deep Ellum, Angry Dog certainly has their following and for an excellent reason.

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Shake Shack: The Shack, located in many spots around Dallas, may be best known for their burger, but we love the grilled dog, loaded with our favorite toppings. Order this with a side of crinkle cuts and an amazing shake. Order one Chicago style for a flavor overload.

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Smokin’ Joes: Have you ever seen the dog stands at Sue Ellen’s or Lizard Lounge? Amazing dogs, or at least we think. We may have required an Uber after leaving these very hot spots, but not before ordering a dog. They also serve hot links, sausages and chopped beef sandwiches, all delicious.

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Mutt’s Cantina: Where do you take your dog, and get a dog? Mutt’s Cantina in Uptown. While your mutt is cruising for hot babe dogs, you can slam a few Chi dogs and a beer or two. Greta dogs, better scenery in this Uptown dog arena.

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Luscher’s Post Oak Red Hots: The retail space may have vanished from Deep Ellum, but you may still find these Dallas hand-made dogs in retail shops and in other restaurants. Look for them sold in a variety of restaurants. Check the website for the latest offering.

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Portillo's: New to the Dallas area, Portillo's comes via Chicago which takes dogs very seriously. The solo location is in The Colony but there are several more on the way soon.

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CraveDFW is owned by Steven Doyle who has been on the Dallas food scene for 20+ years and has written for Food & Wine, USA Today, New York Times and other national publications. CraveDFW has been published for 15 years and is on the forefront of Dallas food and entertainment news.

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