[Editor's note: This story has been updated in 2017.]
Hot diggity dog, it's summertime, and that calls for a frank. Check out some of the places in town that don't serve a wimpy weenie.
Cold Beer Company
The 'dogs come plain Jane or dressed up; pick what you like. Pictured here is Cold Beer Company's Expo Dog: a hot dog topped with bacon, mac and cheese, and sport peppers. Ask about the monthly hot dog if you're adventurous. All the dogs are made by nearby butcher Rudolph's Market & Sausage Factory. 3600 Main St., Dallas.
Ivy Tavern on Lemmon Avenue says it makes "damn good bar food," and that includes a Nathan's hot dog with relish, onion, mustard and jalapeños. Consider taking your meal out back, where there's games and TVs in a chill backyard. 5334 Lemmon Ave., Dallas.
The menu at Angry Dog in Deep Ellum includes burgers, sandwiches, wings and other bar food. But it gets its name from the Angry Dog hot dog, an all-beef frank with mustard, chili, onions and cheddar cheese. Two hands required. 2726 Commerce St., Dallas.
Mutts Canine Cantina
Want a 'dog with your dog? Mutts Canine Cantina in Uptown is a dog park attached to an outdoor restaurant and bar. The menu has several hot dogs on it -- for humans, that is. The best-named frank is the Jessica Biel: sausage on a poppy seed bun with peppers, onions and mustard. It's "mighty, mighty hot... just like Jessica," says the menu. 2889 Cityplace W. Blvd., Dallas.
Samson's Gourmet Hot Dogs
Samson's Gourmet Hot Dogs on Oak Lawn Avenue has closed, chef-owner Troy Gardner confirms, but the food truck is still in action. Its slogan is "9 inches of fun in a bun," with build-your-own "wonder weenies" for $5 or specialty weenies for $7. The 'dogs here are inventive, with franks like the Cluck It!: a turkey dog with mac and cheese, mashed potatoes, chicken chili, slaw and goat cheese. The truck now mostly does private events, festivals and concerts, so you have to get lucky to nab one of these bad boys. But, Gardner opened a vegan restaurant at Trinity Groves in 2016, and V Eats Modern Vegan serves up (veggie) chili cheese dogs. 3011 Gulden Ln., Ste. 102, Dallas.
Wild About Harry's
Wild About Harry's mission is simple: They serve custards and hot dogs. Delicious, right? The restaurant once sold just four types of hot dogs, but it's branched out to 10, including the cleverly-named Lonesome Dog, served with a dab of ketchup and mustard only. 3113 Knox St., Dallas.
Goodfriend Beer Garden & Burger House
It would be a damn shame if you visited Goodfriend in East Dallas and didn't order a burger. But let's say you're needing just a little more food. Or sharing among friends. They've got a simple German dog that goes well with a cold beer. 1154 Peavy Road, Dallas.
Sumo Shack is a newcomer packing a punch: in addition to ramen and bao, the Asian restaurant serves up two hot dogs. The SMU Dog comes with miso chili, queso, scallion, onion and furikake, while the Tokyo Dog is topped with bonito flakes (fish flaks), nori, scallion, sesame seeds, carmelized onion and kewpie mayo. 5629 SMU Blvd., Ste. 120, Dallas.
A totally different kind of "shack," Shake Shack serves up burgers and milkshakes, sure, but also classic hot dogs and chicken dogs. Our suggestion is the signature Shack-cago Dog topped with the restaurant's proprietary relish, plus onion, cucumber, pickle, tomato, sport pepper, celery salt and mustard. 2500 N Pearl St., Dallas.
Pints & Quarts
You'll find a variety of split-top 'dogs at Pints & Quarts, including the creatively-named The Emerald City, with grilled onions, poblano cream cheese, chives and spicy brown mustard. Other intriguing options include the banh mi dog (with banh mi sauce, naturally, as well as cucumber, pickled daikon, carrots, pickle, cilantro and Serrano) and the chili dog, a more local option with Texas-style chili, cheese sauce, Fritos and white onion. 5434 Ross Ave., Dallas
BONUS: Two more places we couldn't miss:
Globe Life Park, part 1
Of course, we couldn't exclude the Texas Rangers' home turf, Globe Life Park in Arlington, as a primo hot dog spot if you're willing to venture outside of Dallas. Here, J.R. Page eats a hot dog and chips during the home opener against the Los Angeles Angels in April 2013. If you'd rather a more gussied hot dog, the ballpark also has bacon-wrapped franks. Or ...
Globe Life Park, part 2
More adventurous eaters (or an entire classroom of kids) could take on a two-foot-long hot dog at the ballpark called the Boomstick. It'll set you back $26, but it comes with its own carrying case. Don't go this alone. As of 2017, you can take this behemoth a step further for just a dollar more by ordering the M.V.T., or Most Valuable Tamale, a two-foot-long tamale encasing the mythical Boomstick and topped with chili, nacho cheese and sour cream. Globe Life Park: 1000 Ballpark Way, Arlington.
We're not calling Blind Butcher's hand-cranked sausages "hot dogs." They're a little more elevated than that. But if you're looking for a hot-dog-like dish that'll impress, try the Butcher's brisket cheddar jalapeño sausage, pictured above. 1919 Greenville Ave., Dallas.