Hot diggity dog, it's summertime, and that calls for a frank. Check out some of the places in the Dallas area that don't serve a wimpy weenie.
It's an especially perfect day to celebrate, too: July 18 is National Hot Dog Day.
This story was updated on July 16, 2018.
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.
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.
Samson's Gourmet Hot Dogs food truck (and/or V Eats Modern Vegan)
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 Lane, Ste. 102, Dallas.
Austin’s Underdawgs is a Fort Worth-based food truck that caters for events, so they aren’t exactly selling hot dogs every day. But if you catch the truck, you might want to check out the jalapeño straw dog. It’s a hot dog topped with raspberry chipotle barbecue sauce, smoked bacon bits, fried onions and a whole lot of fried and pickled jalapeños. To get a heads up on upcoming appearances; check out their Facebook page.
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.
Dog Haus Biergarten
The West Coast-based shop made its debut in Richardson last year, and they’re still around to serve more and more hot dogs. One of their menu items is the Sooo Cali: wild arugula, avocado, tomato, crispy onions and spicy basil aioli on a “high-quality, antibiotic, hormone-free beef” sausage. 744 S. Central Expressway, Richardson.
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 flakes), nori, scallion, sesame seeds, caramelized 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.
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. If you'd rather a more gussied hot dog, the ballpark has franks of all kinds. Globe Life Park: 1000 Ballpark Way, Arlington.
Editor's note: Blind Butcher, Mutts Canine Cantina, Pints & Quarts, Ivy Tavern, Tallywackers, Luscher's Red Hots, Hofmann Hots and Wild About Harry's were on a previous version of this list, but we have removed them as they have since closed or no longer sell hot dogs.