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Dat Dog Serves the Best Hot Dog in New Orleans

Dat Dog Serves the Best Hot Dog in New Orleans

The hot dog was introduced to the United States more than 100 years ago, when German immigrants first brought over their frankfurters and started selling them on the cheap, at places like Coney Island’s Nathan's Famous, arguably ground zero for American hot dog consumption. But then, people began developing their own spice mixes and making their own hot dogs, and every region and group of people put its unique stamp on the snack. In Chicago they top all-beef dogs with mustard, fresh tomatoes, onions, sport peppers, bright green relish, dill pickles, and celery salt. Spicy Texas Red Hots are popular in New Jersey, but not in Texas, while Greek immigrants in Michigan concocted a cinnamon-rich beef chili that came to be known as Coney sauce, but it has nothing to do with Coney Island. The uncured, unsmoked White Hot is popular in upstate New York; the regional variations go on and on.

On our quest to find America’s best hot dogs, we kept an eye out for places with a definitive style of hot dog, one which embodies the region’s particular tastes and the culinary traditions of its people. We also made sure to take into account online reviews from locals as well as the dog's overall reputation among those in-the-know, and the quality of the ingredients – namely sourcing the franks from well-known local producers, was also important. Sadly, there were some renowned institutions that didn’t make the cut. While the original Nathan’s Famous in Coney Island very well might be the most well-known hot dog stand in America, it didn’t make our cut because the buns have been stale every time we’ve eaten there and it’s sadly resting on its laurels at this point (even though the fries are admittedly delicious). And while the pretzel dog at chain Auntie Anne’s has its loyal devotees, the experience isn’t exactly sublime.

Our list runs the gamut from ancient stands that have been serving the same exact product day in and day out for decades to gastropubs putting their unique stamp on the hot dog to a place where people wait in line for more than an hour for one topped with foie gras. There’s one constant thread between them, though: they’re our country’s best – and, as it turns out, one resides in New Orelans.

Cash-only hot dog joint Dat Dog is quickly becoming a Crescent City institution with three New Orleans locations, all thanks to owner Skip Murray’s commitment to serving the highest-quality hot dogs and sausages possible as well as a killer sense of humor. Menu standouts include a brilliant pairing of duck sausage with blackberry preserves as well as crawfish sausage, alligator sausage, and bratwurst, but make sure you save room to try their hot sausage, custom-ground by a local butcher and tucked into a bun that’s steamed then toasted, to make it both soft and crispy. The sky’s the limit when it comes to toppings, but you can’t go wrong with their addictive beef stock-based Andouille sauce. It’s so good, it snagged the #32 spot on our list, and since it’s the only hot dog from New Orleans to make it onto our list, it’s the undisputed best hot dog in The Big Easy.

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/> Tobias Reiper: A truly superb hot dog restaurant!! Their Chicago Dog is 100% authentic and the rest of the menu is well worth considering!!

/> Carlitos Chávez: You are in the Big Easy! Stop by and ask for their signature alligator sausage hot dog, dress it as you like or let the chef dress it for you. Don't forget to ask for Abita Andygator a local maibock.

/> Carrie Bevis: Good idea to grab an innovative hot dog any time of day or night here! Lots of vegetarian options like the chipotle veggie or sea dog.

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Grill 1 all-beef hot dog. Dice 1 small Yukon Gold potato and sauté in extra-virgin olive oil until fork-tender, about 5 minutes. Sauté half a sliced green bell pepper and one small sliced white onion in extra virgin olive oil until tender, about 3 minutes. Place the grilled hot dog in a torpedo roll and top with potatoes, peppers, and onions. Here's What Happens to Your Body When You Eat Hot Dogs.


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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

Dat Dog New Orleans: It's Dat Good!

For quite a few months Mommy Musings has been been really looking forward to our family trip to New Orleans. Honestly, we all have! NOLA is one of our favorite cities. We make lists of new places we want to see and ESPECIALLY new places that we want to eat. Top of our list has been "Dat Dog", a funky eatery and bar that only serves hot dogs and fries.

I always get a little nervous when the words funky or eclectic are used to describe anything involving a bar or restaurant. Usually it means the food stinks, the service is sub par and they're hoping you won't notice. "Hey look, we got crazy stuff on the walls and all of our meals are served in hats. Aren't we cool?!"

We ended up making our way down to Magazine St. to find find "Dat Dog" and try it for ourselves. Keep in mind Magazine St. is the hip part of town. Not a lot of tourists, very cool, very fun and very local. Not what most people are looking for when they head to NOLA! We walk in and are automatically met with, "Hey, How are you. Come on in." -- this is about 3pm on a Wednesday, not really high time, but all the employees are still upbeat and personable. We walk up to the counter and are met with a menu consisting of traditional pork and beef dogs, dogs made with Guinness, alligator dogs, duck dogs and even turducken dogs. I started to get a little excited. They have over 20 fresh toppings you can add on at no extra price, or you can do the Chef's Choice. This is where you order the dog of your choice and then trust the Chef to design that dog just for you. Brilliance.

Mommy Musings ordered a Chef's Choice all beef dog and I ordered the "Bacon Werewolf". so good it will make you howl and that's no joke! We also partook in their cheese, bacon and ranch fries (Amazing).

The Chef's Choice dog came out loaded with french fries, sour cream, guacamole, chili, onions and jalapenos. UNBELIEVABLE.

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They have over 50 beers to choose from and they also infuse their own vodka with a daily mix of fresh fruits. It's kid friendly and has both indoor seating and a huge patio area. The staff is friendly, funky and very knowledgeable, so don't hesitate to ask questions. Take note that Dat Dog is cash only, however there is an ATM machine inside the restaurant.

Do yourself a favor, the next time you're in New Orleans put "Dat Dog" on the top of your must eat list. It's one of the best hot dogs you will put in your mouth. EVER!!

There's a beautiful thin roll of bread that surrounds your hot dogs in Sweden called "tunsbröd." Add the meat in and it's called tunnbrödsrulle. The hot dog itself is wrapped in delicious mashed potatoes along with other popular toppings like relish, mustard, and ketchup.

These hot dogs aren't the only great things about Sweden. One of the most popular destinations is Stockholm Palace, a museum that's open to the public for tours.

There's also a huge celebration in June called a Midsummer Party, which takes place on midsummer's eve. It includes a variety of unique local traditions, including making a flower crown. It's almost as popular in Christmas and involves plenty of drinking, eating, and dancing.

Dat Dog: The Best Hot Dog In The South

A few weeks ago the family and I headed up to New Orleans for a great vacay. NOLA is one of my favorite cities … Great food, great people, just a great atmosphere in general. It’s easy to fall into all of the touristy stuff: Canal Street, Bourbon Street, St. Charles … you know, same old same old.

The more I travel to New Orleans, the more local I want to get. I want to go to the places that no one talks about– because they don’t want you going there! Every town has their hidden gems, it just takes talking to the right people to find them. First, let me tell you about Magazine Street– It’s a short ride on the route 10 bus from Canal Street (NOLA buses are not what you think, and I KNOW what you think. I promise, there’s no weird pee smell!). Magazine Street is off the beaten path and ridiculously cool. Yeah, of course you run into the handle bar mustachioed hipster set here and there, but the trip is well worth it.

Nestled between the vintage clothes stores and bars that seem to only serve Pabst Blue Ribbon in a can, is Dat Dog at 3336 Magazine St. It’s simply amazing!

You walk into the front door and are met with warm smiles and amazing smells. All the dogs are homemade … pork, beef, gator, German, Guinness flavored, duck and wait for it… Turducken. They also have some of the best “loaded fries” I’ve ever come across. You walk to the counter and are quickly told how to order and given a quick education about the different type of dogs. They also offer something really out there… “Chef’s Choice”. This is where you order a dog of your choice and then the Chef decides your toppings for you! All toppings are complimentary and there are a lot. I went with the “Bacon Werewolf”… simply money!! Fresh, crisp and delicious.

They also have over 50 beers and create there own infused vodkas. Try their selection of “Fat Tire” beers, which is a little slice of NOLA that is starting to hit other regions of the country as we speak. So, next time you’re in the “Big Easy”, travel the road less traveled… and check out “Dat Dog”. You can thank me later.

Hambone (Girod St, Old Mandeville)

By far, this is our fave dog-friendly place by our home. Their outdoor area is spacious and they love the pups. Our waiter, Dante, even gave us water bowls for the two fosters we brought along for Cain’s birthday lunch.

13 Ways to Top a Hot Dog That Are Much Better Than Ketchup & Mustard

They say you can’t teach an old dog new tricks. We’re not experts on canine behavior, but we do know that hot dogs can be made way more exciting with inventive toppings (not to mention new cooking techniques, namely spiral cutting them before grilling). These hot dog recipe ideas will make you sit up and beg for more.

For some background, we first spotlighted these creative options, as discussed on Chowhound’s General Topics forum, in an earlier version of this article oriented around March Madness (back in 2014)—and while some of these creations are indeed a bit mad scientist, they’re all delicious (at least to someone).

Dry Aged Beef Hot Dogs, 6 for $12 from Porter Road

Another obvious way to upgrade your hot dogs.

Mustard may be eternal, but try something new this summer. Even if you think ketchup on a hot dog is a crime, we bet there’s at least one option below you’ll love.

Banh Mi Spiral-Cut Hot Dogs

Inspired by the iconic Vietnamese sandwich, these spiral-cut dogs are dressed with pickled carrots, daikon, and cucumber, plus Sriracha and cilantro. Get our Banh Mi Hot Dogs recipe.

Spiral-Cut Hot Dogs with Spicy Cherry Relish

Sweet fruit is a classic partner to certain savory cuts of meat (think pork chops and apples), so why not hot dogs? A spicy-sweet cherry relish makes a pleasantly piquant topper, and goes great with grainy mustard too. Get our Spiral-Cut Hot Dogs with Spicy Cherry Relish recipe.

Movie Theater Nachos Spiral-Cut Hot Dogs

Movie-inspired snacks are too good to be reserved for the Oscars, so try topping a hot dog with gooey nacho cheese sauce and sliced jalapeños any time of the year. Crushed tortilla chips lend crunch (a trick we might have picked up from one of our Chowhound community members, as you’ll see below…) Get our Nacho Hot Dogs recipe.

Spiral-Cut Bacon Dogs with Cheese

Bacon makes everything better. So does cheese. Combine them both on a hot dog and you’ll be in flavor heaven. This is the real dream team (and the one we’re rooting for). Get our Spiral-Cut Bacon Cheese Hot Dog recipe.

And now, on to some of the most notable Chowhound community creations of yore!

Barbecue Frito Crunch Dog

laliz suggested a grilled hot dog “swabbed with BBQ sauce” and topped with crushed Fritos. Take your pick from the plethora of regional barbecue sauce styles to make it your own. And consider using chili cheese Fritos for extra oomph.

Mexican Mayo and Jalapeño Dog

mrszondo said her Mexican family’s way of topping hot dogs is with grilled onions and jalapeños, mayonnaise, and cotija cheese. Um, yes, please. (Jack cheese is good too if you like a little more melty stretch.)

Cheezy Chili Stix Dog

deborah24‘s “best hot dog ever” is topped with Easy Cheese (yes, the kind in a spray can), chili, and potato sticks for crunch. Honestly, this sounds extremely intriguing—and like a prime candidate for 4/20 eats too…

Bacon-Wrapped Avo Dog

pacz‘s dog is wrapped in bacon and served with avocado, sour cream, and salsa. Maybe this was what inspired our own bacon dog recipe above?

Spicy Pickle Dog

tartiflette topped Toronto “street meat” with “hot mustard, hot peppers, green olives, sliced pickles and a few dribbles of Sriracha sauce.” That’s quite a mouthful. And not completely dissimilar to a classic Chicago dog.

Fried Egg Dog

Sometimes simple is best: wanderluster opted for a fried egg, which “improves everything.” Honestly, we can’t argue with that.

Baked Bean Dog

kcijones001‘s twist on a chili dog was to swap in baked beans and add sauerkraut and spicy mustard. We’ve definitely eaten baked beans with hot dogs plenty of times, so may as well pile them on the bun!

Kewpie Dog

JWh put Japanese mayonnaise, seaweed, and daikon radish on a hot dog. If this sounds amazing (it is), try taking inspiration from some of the topping combos at Japadog too.

Skunk Dawg

Per the blurb for this one from 2014, “jjackiex33‘s idea for a sweet-savory combo of marshmallow creme, hot fudge, and melted peanut butter comes from the now-closed Papa Jim’s Exotic Hot Dogs in Winchendon, Massachusetts.” Whether this sort of thing contributed to the closing of said establishment is a mystery, but please report back if you try this at home!

Related Video: Why You Should Spiral Cut Your Hot Dogs

Watch the video: Mamucho Munchies Episode 5. Dat Dog. New Orleans. Louisiana (January 2022).