Today is National Hot Dog day. If you frankly did not get your fill of encased meat on Independence Day and crave more, here are some suggestions to get your hot dog fix around Raleigh:
Roast Grill: Look for the “Hot Weiners” sign out front on West Street and step right in to a piece of history. Around since the 1940’s, Roast Grill has etched its way into the Raleigh history books. Famous for its hot dogs and an intolerance of ketchup, dogs at Roast Grill come dressed with your option of its famous chili, onion, slaw and mustard. Leave your credit cards behind, it’s “cash only” at Roast Grill.
Snoopy’s Hot Dogs: With four locations peppered around town, a Snoopy’s hot dog is always in the vicinity in Raleigh. Load up your hot dog with your choice of fixings and pair it with a hot bag of golden crinkle-cut French fries. Sit in the oversized red Adirondack chair at its Wake Forest Road location and be sure to check out the famous marquee outside. Snoopy’s is open late in some locales until 3 a.m.
South Philly Steak and Dogs: Philadelphia might be known for its steak sandwiches, but at South Philly Steak and Dogs, steak lovers can order from a selection of all-beef hot dogs as well. Order your dog with a side of freedom fries for an all-American feast.
Steve’s Hot Dogs and Deli: The quintessential mom-and-pop shop, Steve’s has been serving up hot dogs and deli sandwiches in North Raleigh for ages. In addition to smoked beef dogs, Steve’s also offers up a variety of hot dogs that include sausage, jalapeno and turkey. Pile on your choice of traditional toppings and non-traditional dog toppings that include jalapenos, cucumbers and banana peppers.
BurgerFi: The burgers may hog all the glory at BurgerFi, but hot dogs ought to share a part of the spotlight at the burger restaurant as well. BurgerFi offers hot dogs Chicago and New York-style. And if that’s not enough to whet your hot dog appetite, a deluxe Wagyu Kobe beef dog is on the menu as well.
Cloo’s Coney Island Hot Dogs: Regarded as institution by many, Cloo’s is the spot for a Coney Island hot dog. Located near the NC State, loyal customers have been filing into the restaurant for its grilled dogs and cheese fries for years. Cloo’s is also known for its Chicago Dog and its cheeseteak.
Cookout: You know you are in the South when you spot a Cookout. Those looking for a quick, char-grilled hot dog on the go may look no further than the local Cookout. Dogs come in regular or foot-long sizes. The Mexi hotdog comes smothered in chili, Texas Pete, cheese and lettuce and tomato or you may opt for the Bacon Cheddar, a hot dog that comes topped with fresh bacon and cheddar cheese.
Costco: And, if you are in search of a cheap hot dog without too many frills, Costco cannot be beat for its $1.50 all-beef hot dog special. For a buck and half (plus tax), chow down on a hot dog and drink and watch the warehouse shoppers cart their bulk goods out of the store.