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Where To Eat New Orleans’ Best Hot Dogs

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America loves it some hot dogs, that wild tubular meat that seems to define all things USA, especially when it comes to grilling out in the summertime. But let's face it, you've been working hard, real hard, and New Orleans is insanely hot right now. Sometimes it’s best to leave the cooking to the professionals.

Here now, are New Orleans best spots for hot dogs, whether you want to saddle up with a cold beer and a basket of fries, eat it poolside, or just grab a bite on the go.

As usual, these spots are not ranked, but organized according to neighborhood. As always, send us a note if we missed a favorite.

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Bud's Broiler

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The hot dog at Bud's Broiler definitely has a cult following— the dog is actually sliced down the center and served on a hamburger bun with toppings including chili, cheese, and/or hickory BBQ sauce. The City Park location is open 24 hours, which is of vital importance for weekend warriors.

The Bayou Burger & Sports Company

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A reliable spot for good food on Bourbon Street, this burger and sports joint has quite a few good dogs to choose from. Choose from basic dogs to brats; or go wild with the Zydeco dog, a savory beignet battered and fried hot dog with cheese sauce, slaw, beer grain mustard, spicy ketchup. The large menu here means something for everyone. Be warned: This is a sports-watching Mecca, so there are TV’s everywhere (which can be good or extremely annoying, depending on what you are looking for).

The beignet battered Zydeco Dog at Bayou Burger & Sports Company
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Lucky Dogs

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Oh, Lucky Dog. Iconic hot dog of drunken champions, made even more famous the book Confederacy of Dunces. You can find the dogs in the Quarter or at the airport, but you'll likely want to down a few frozen daiquiris before eating one. Note to your future self: You can rent an iconic Lucky Dog stand for your wedding.

Alto is the restaurant and bar at the rooftop pool in the Ace Hotel -- and it’s open to the public. In addition to some killer frozen drinks, this gorgeous spot serves up one of the best hot dogs in town. The BNC hot dog is a hot dog with cheddar on the inside, with mustard and Maldon salt, served on a pretzel bun. And you get to enjoy it poolside.

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Ted's Frostop

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Ted's Frostop is an Uptown institution, serving old school diner faves like burgers, malts, all-you-can-eat pancakes, and of course hot dogs. Have one with a root beer float and you can practically feel yourself time warp to the 50s. Open 7 days a week.

Cochon Butcher

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Cochon Butcher’s Cajun pork hot dog is a beauty to behold, even if the bun can barely contain the meat. The frankfurters are made in house and don’t have a casing, so don’t expect the snap that’s so common when biting into a hot dog. The spot often has dogs on the “specials” menu with different toppings, so be sure to look for those. And, of course, there’s the rest of the glorious menu.

Diva Dog

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Diva Dog’s stall in Roux Carre gives a reliable presence to the super-popular food truck. Hot dog diva Ericka Lassair slings hot dogs with Creole toppings— including a red beans and rice dog and a crawfish étouffée dog— on toasty brioche buns. Other sinful options include étouffée fries and étouffée nachos, a crabmeat grilled cheese, and a Zapps potato chip dog. Look for the food truck at events around town as well.

Red bean chili dog at Diva Dog
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The Company Burger

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Company Burger is known for its get-down-to-business burger, but it also has quite a few “not burgers,” like its Company hot dog. The dog game proves to be as serious as the burger game with a focus on just a few quality products shining on their own. A Nueske's beef and pork smoked link with onion and relish can be yours for $7.50 (and special hot dogs appearing on the menu occasionally). Be sure to get a side of the onion rings and a watermelon Pimm’s Cup.

Chili Cheese Dog. Need we say more? . . . #companyburgerdowntown #chilicheesedog #chilicheesefries #chilicheeseburger #chilioneverything

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Dat Dog (Multiple Locations)

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The original location, on Freret kicked off the city’s craze for hot dogs, sausages, and whatever toppings could fit on a bun. Since the early days of this hot dog hot spot, Dat Dog has announced plans to expand into Baton Rouge and Houston (25 locations expected to open here in the next few years). If you can’t get to the Freret location, check the website for other locations on Magazine, Frenchman, and Lakeside Mall. And do get the crawfish étouffée dog with crawfish sausage, étouffée, sour cream, onions, tomato, Creole mustard.

The Chicago dog at Dat Dog
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GG's Dine-O-Rama

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This spot is located on a corner of Magazine Street, in the middle of all the shopping. The Chicago-style beef hot dog comes on a poppy seed bun with relish galore, and a side of fries or chips. The big menu with cocktails, salads, hearty sandwiches, and more.

Mr. Chill's First Class Cuts

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Mr. Chill’s, which took over a former tattoo shop next to Cooter Brown’s, is a family friendly spot with bright yellow walls that really does have first class hot dogs, split down the middle to maximize that backyard grill flavor and placed on a bun that has the sweetness of a brioche. Tons of toppings and specialty dogs. Plus, save room for the best slice of 7-UP pound cake that you’ve ever had. The place is warm and friendly and feels like an old school New Orleans snack stand that graduated into a restaurant -- with honors.

Bud's Broiler

The hot dog at Bud's Broiler definitely has a cult following— the dog is actually sliced down the center and served on a hamburger bun with toppings including chili, cheese, and/or hickory BBQ sauce. The City Park location is open 24 hours, which is of vital importance for weekend warriors.

The Bayou Burger & Sports Company

The beignet battered Zydeco Dog at Bayou Burger & Sports Company
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A reliable spot for good food on Bourbon Street, this burger and sports joint has quite a few good dogs to choose from. Choose from basic dogs to brats; or go wild with the Zydeco dog, a savory beignet battered and fried hot dog with cheese sauce, slaw, beer grain mustard, spicy ketchup. The large menu here means something for everyone. Be warned: This is a sports-watching Mecca, so there are TV’s everywhere (which can be good or extremely annoying, depending on what you are looking for).

The beignet battered Zydeco Dog at Bayou Burger & Sports Company
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Lucky Dogs

Oh, Lucky Dog. Iconic hot dog of drunken champions, made even more famous the book Confederacy of Dunces. You can find the dogs in the Quarter or at the airport, but you'll likely want to down a few frozen daiquiris before eating one. Note to your future self: You can rent an iconic Lucky Dog stand for your wedding.

Alto

Ace Hotel

Alto is the restaurant and bar at the rooftop pool in the Ace Hotel -- and it’s open to the public. In addition to some killer frozen drinks, this gorgeous spot serves up one of the best hot dogs in town. The BNC hot dog is a hot dog with cheddar on the inside, with mustard and Maldon salt, served on a pretzel bun. And you get to enjoy it poolside.

Ace Hotel

Ted's Frostop

Ted's Frostop is an Uptown institution, serving old school diner faves like burgers, malts, all-you-can-eat pancakes, and of course hot dogs. Have one with a root beer float and you can practically feel yourself time warp to the 50s. Open 7 days a week.

Cochon Butcher

Cochon Butcher’s Cajun pork hot dog is a beauty to behold, even if the bun can barely contain the meat. The frankfurters are made in house and don’t have a casing, so don’t expect the snap that’s so common when biting into a hot dog. The spot often has dogs on the “specials” menu with different toppings, so be sure to look for those. And, of course, there’s the rest of the glorious menu.

Diva Dog

Red bean chili dog at Diva Dog
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Diva Dog’s stall in Roux Carre gives a reliable presence to the super-popular food truck. Hot dog diva Ericka Lassair slings hot dogs with Creole toppings— including a red beans and rice dog and a crawfish étouffée dog— on toasty brioche buns. Other sinful options include étouffée fries and étouffée nachos, a crabmeat grilled cheese, and a Zapps potato chip dog. Look for the food truck at events around town as well.

Red bean chili dog at Diva Dog
FACEBOOK

The Company Burger

Company Burger is known for its get-down-to-business burger, but it also has quite a few “not burgers,” like its Company hot dog. The dog game proves to be as serious as the burger game with a focus on just a few quality products shining on their own. A Nueske's beef and pork smoked link with onion and relish can be yours for $7.50 (and special hot dogs appearing on the menu occasionally). Be sure to get a side of the onion rings and a watermelon Pimm’s Cup.

Chili Cheese Dog. Need we say more? . . . #companyburgerdowntown #chilicheesedog #chilicheesefries #chilicheeseburger #chilioneverything

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Dat Dog (Multiple Locations)

The Chicago dog at Dat Dog
Katie Sikora Photography

The original location, on Freret kicked off the city’s craze for hot dogs, sausages, and whatever toppings could fit on a bun. Since the early days of this hot dog hot spot, Dat Dog has announced plans to expand into Baton Rouge and Houston (25 locations expected to open here in the next few years). If you can’t get to the Freret location, check the website for other locations on Magazine, Frenchman, and Lakeside Mall. And do get the crawfish étouffée dog with crawfish sausage, étouffée, sour cream, onions, tomato, Creole mustard.

The Chicago dog at Dat Dog
Katie Sikora Photography

GG's Dine-O-Rama

This spot is located on a corner of Magazine Street, in the middle of all the shopping. The Chicago-style beef hot dog comes on a poppy seed bun with relish galore, and a side of fries or chips. The big menu with cocktails, salads, hearty sandwiches, and more.

Mr. Chill's First Class Cuts

Mr. Chill’s, which took over a former tattoo shop next to Cooter Brown’s, is a family friendly spot with bright yellow walls that really does have first class hot dogs, split down the middle to maximize that backyard grill flavor and placed on a bun that has the sweetness of a brioche. Tons of toppings and specialty dogs. Plus, save room for the best slice of 7-UP pound cake that you’ve ever had. The place is warm and friendly and feels like an old school New Orleans snack stand that graduated into a restaurant -- with honors.

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