[Editor's note: This story has been updated in 2016.]
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.
(Not included: the hot dog pizza at Pizza Hut. The Hut is based in Plano, so technically that's local, but that pizza doesn't exactly apply here.)
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.
Alright, so Tallywackers is a restaurant named for its hot male servers, and yes, of course, they serve hot dogs. The namesake 'dog is a 1-pound, all-beef frank with mustard, onions, relish, slaw, pickle spears and tomato. Want to be bad? Order the B.A.D -- that's Build A Dog. Annnd scene. 4218 Lemmon Ave., Dallas.
Luscher's Red Hots
Chicago guy Brian Luscher has lived in Texas for awhile now. So his new Deep Ellum shop Luscher's Red Hots is both an ode to his Chicago roots and a spin on how he does things in Texas. His Chicago Depression dog -- worth a try -- is a house-made hot link topped with mustard, onions, sport peppers and fries. 2653 Commerce 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.
Twisted Root Burger Company
At Twisted Root, some diners forego the extensive burger list for a build-your-own hot dog on a poppy seed bun. Pictured here is a dog with guac, fried onion strings and chipotle sauce. Twisted Root has locations in Arlington, Bedford, Carrollton, Deep Ellum, Fairview, Plano, Richardson, Roanoke and at SMU.
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 $4 or specialty weenies for $6. 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. Catch the truck this weekend at Viva's.
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.
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. 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.
Update, 2016: Hofmann Hots sadly closed last summer to make way for new apartments in West Dallas. Still no word on the re-opening, but they remain on our list because the memory of their deliciousness and promise of their return simply won't fade.
We have to mention Hofmann Hots in West Dallas. This diner grills German franks and kielbasa with a variety of toppings for $4.50 to $5.95 each. One of those is the Avocado Pico Dog here, topped with avocado, tomato, cilantro, tortilla strips and chipotle ranch.