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Best hot dog

The tasty dogs at Barker's Red Hots, your pick for best in Atlanta, sizzling away on the grill.

The tasty dogs at Barker's Red Hots, your pick for best in Atlanta, sizzling away on the grill.

YOUR PICKS
1. Barker’s Red Hots
You say, “Barker’s – No one even compares. Water pulls the flavor out of the dog. Barker’s are grilled over real charcoal. Try their signature dog!! Dogs made by a 142 year old meat packer out of Buffalo, N.Y. Awesome rings and fries and their Bomb Italian Sausage – unbelievable. Wash it all down with a Loganberry and you died and went to heaven.”

2. Rivals
3. CJ’s Hot Dogs
4. The Varsity
5. Skip’s
6. America’s Top Dog

A pair of yummy dogs from Brandi's in Marietta, our pick for the best hot dog in and around Atlanta. Photo: Jon Watson

A pair of yummy dogs from Brandi's in Marietta, our pick for the best hot dog in and around Atlanta. Photo: Jon Watson

OUR PICKS
1. Brandi’s World Famous Hot Dogs
The AJC dining team’s Popular Eats specialist Jon Watson says, “Open only for lunch, you will always find this small diner-style hot dog shop in Marietta packed to the brim with regulars, and for good reason. Their spicy chili dogs are the epitome of a Georgia-style hot dog, and the best that I’ve had in the city.”

2. Holeman & Finch
3. Barker’s Red Hots
4. America’s Top Dog
5. The Varsity

566 comments Add your comment

Dee

December 27th, 2010
12:25 pm

Cj’s Hotdogs in Mcdonough – best hot dogs around!!!

Tiffany

December 27th, 2010
12:29 pm

One word… Tried and True… the Varsity!!!!

Tina

December 27th, 2010
12:32 pm

CJ’s in McDonough…great food and great staff!!!!

Amanda

December 27th, 2010
12:49 pm

The Varsity. Gotta be loyal to the Atlanta tradition.

Deputy Dog

December 27th, 2010
12:55 pm

Brandys aka Bettys Hot Dogs Church St Extension Marietta Ga is the best .None can compare..

Math teacher

December 27th, 2010
12:56 pm

Pretty sure that “the Varsity” is 2 words. “Tried and True… the Varsity,” is 5. Jus’ sayin’. :)

Danny G

December 27th, 2010
12:57 pm

Only one dog in Atl. Varsity.

Scott

December 27th, 2010
1:01 pm

The Hot dog at Hankook Taquaria …..Great snappy casing and the toppings are unique.

The Truth

December 27th, 2010
1:01 pm

Since the Varsity will win this one and I truly love them as well, I will put in a vote for Barker’s on Windy Hill in Marietta. The best grilled hot dog since Ollie’s Trolley and Lum’s which was steamed in beer….man, am I old!!!

jack

December 27th, 2010
1:02 pm

Brandy/Bettys in marietta is the best. I’ve had CJ’s and Varsity. Not even close.

Tranny

December 27th, 2010
1:06 pm

Costco has the best hot dogs-big and juicy weiners! I don’t know why people always rave about the Varsity’s-theirs are skinny, definitely needs condiments to add taste, people just buy into the hoopla I guess; even QuikTrips’ are better. Also Brandi’s hot dogs are like vienna sausages-so mushy…Yuck! So if I had to eat a naked dog, it’d be Costco; but a dressed dog would be Chicago Delights =D

Chris

December 27th, 2010
1:06 pm

I guess my Vote for #1 in Atlanta would be The Varsity. But #2 in my book is definitely Dog Days Chicago Style Hot Dogs in Norcross!

Ernest

December 27th, 2010
1:08 pm

I actually like the hot dogs served at Sam’s Club. Quarter pounders with a great flavor.

Anne

December 27th, 2010
1:08 pm

Barker’s on Windy Hill in Marietta; cooked to order, yum yum

Teresa

December 27th, 2010
1:11 pm

Barkers Windy Hill

supsalemgr

December 27th, 2010
1:12 pm

The Varsity by default. However, the best was right down North Ave. at the Yellow Jacket drive-in where the buns were toasted and really good.

Big C

December 27th, 2010
1:13 pm

The Varsit? Are you serious?!!! Atlantans obviously have no taste in hot dogs! I’ve been here for 20+ years and have never enjoyed a Varsity dog, though I have tried. Sam’s Club’s Nathans big dog, or Costco. That’s a shame. Atlanta is definitely in need of a great hot dog stand!!!

dgal

December 27th, 2010
1:13 pm

Is this a serious poll? How could you possibly conduct this poll in Atlanta (or the state of Georgia for that matter) and not say the Varsity (Although, Nu-Way Weiners in Macon wouldn’t be a bad choice either, but still not up there with the V).

tr

December 27th, 2010
1:14 pm

Hot Dog Heaven, Cobb Parkway Kennesaw.

john

December 27th, 2010
1:15 pm

Bobby G’s in Alpharetta, the best Chicago dogs around!

sr citizen dawg

December 27th, 2010
1:15 pm

Varsity !!!!!!!!

KK

December 27th, 2010
1:15 pm

Holeman and Finch has a great Hot Dog!

lawzoo

December 27th, 2010
1:16 pm

1)The Varsity

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crazyman

December 27th, 2010
1:18 pm

Bobby G’s in Alpharetta

Donald

December 27th, 2010
1:19 pm

Skips in Avondale Estates

crazyman

December 27th, 2010
1:19 pm

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Susan

December 27th, 2010
1:21 pm

Mike’s Chicago Dogs in Sandy Springs. Yes, Chicago Dogs. In Atlanta. NOM

Trout

December 27th, 2010
1:22 pm

Barkers red hots on windy hill. Varsity hot dogs are disgusting.

Susan

December 27th, 2010
1:23 pm

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Randall

December 27th, 2010
1:24 pm

The ABSOLUTE BEST—NuWay in Macon and Warner Robins.

JT

December 27th, 2010
1:25 pm

Roccos Pub foot long chili dawg is the best!

King of Sandy Springs

December 27th, 2010
1:25 pm

Mike’s Hot Dogs in Sandy Springs. But the best in the state are in a couple of gas stations in Cordele at either the Salt Lick Sausage Company or Striplings. Both use natural casing, SNAP!

Emory

December 27th, 2010
1:27 pm

Best dog around, the Yellow Jacket, in Ellenwood … also has great onion rings..!!!

Hootdiggitydawg

December 27th, 2010
1:30 pm

HOT DOG HEAVEN in Kennesaw on Cobb Parkway! Great “hot dog stand” atmosphere. Hamburgers are great also – but go for the chili dog!

Tech Fan

December 27th, 2010
1:32 pm

Lynda

December 27th, 2010
1:33 pm

Mike’s Hotdogs in Sandy Springs…large menu and all are delicious!!!

Duane

December 27th, 2010
1:33 pm

dawgs and jackets in McDonough

Marshall

December 27th, 2010
1:37 pm

CJ’s in McDonough is one of the best. Great new location on Hwy 20.

Fakey McFake

December 27th, 2010
1:39 pm

@Tranny — Well said. Hate to vote for a chain (or worse yet Costco!!!) but they do have excellent hotdogs! Cheap, too. The Varsity doesn’t have the best anything — yes, it’s a must to visit for Atlantans, just like the Clermont Lounge. You gonna tell me they have the best strippers?

applepeach

December 27th, 2010
1:41 pm

Mike’s chicago style hot dogs are the best here in Atlanta. but lets face it Atlanta is not a hot dog city, just like it’s not a pizza city. so of course people from here are going to say Varsity unless you been to Chicago and had the Vienna hotdogs and New York’s Nathan’s hotdogs. ther is really no places to compare in Atlanta .

Edward

December 27th, 2010
1:42 pm

The “Varsity” has the best hotdogs! #1 combo, 2 chili dogs and fries or onion rings…..Whatyahave,Whatyahave?

Heels4Real

December 27th, 2010
1:59 pm

I move to Atlanta a year ago and have tried the Varsity twice and gotten sick both times. Their hot dogs are something awful. Sadly, Atlanta is a terrible place for good hot dogs. The best around here is Sam’s Club.

GA GIRL

December 27th, 2010
2:01 pm

VARSITY! You Non GEORGIA people have no clue. You should not be allowed to vote! ONLY true Georgians NOW what a good Hot dog is.

sjmerrifield

December 27th, 2010
2:01 pm

The Varsity..The Skyline in Portland Oregon

Fifth Generation Georgian

December 27th, 2010
2:09 pm

Varisty! Varisty! Varisty! Varisty! Varisty! Varisty! Varisty! Varisty! Varisty! Varisty! Varisty! Varisty! Varisty! Varisty! Varisty! Varisty! Varisty! Varisty! Varisty! Varisty! Varisty! Varisty! Varisty! Varisty!

Got it?

Sorry to break it to you, but Nu-way ain’t nuthin’ compared to the V.

Dave

December 27th, 2010
2:12 pm

Mike’s Chicago-style dogs in Sandy Springs is great. Love the Varsity but Mike’s is pretty special.

lzcobb

December 27th, 2010
2:12 pm

Being a native Atlantan , my emotional vote is The Varsity, but they really are pretty gross. My actual vote for best hotdog is Hotdog Heaven in Woodstock

Rich

December 27th, 2010
2:14 pm

Iceland has the best hot dogs (pylsur) ever!!! They are amazing! And no matter where you buy them in Iceland, they are made the same way, with the same selection of very tasty condiments.

Fifth Generation Georgian

December 27th, 2010
2:14 pm

Atlanta does SO have the best strippers! We also have the best Legislators and Governor that money can buy. Sadly, the Dunwoody Journal-Constitution isn’t even as good as The Greenville News, but you can’t have everything.

Fifth Generation Georgian

December 27th, 2010
2:15 pm

Rich, just how many places ARE there in Iceland to buy hot dogs?