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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.

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

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

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January 2nd, 2011
9:57 am

Not sure of name for Rivals dogs But I do know they are all Beef Kosher dogs . Kosher being top of the line cant get a higher quality . No dyes No perservatives No Fillers . Alot of dogs out there contain dyes perservatives and tons of fillers Its hard to find a quality dog in the south thats for sure . Sabretts are tasty had those before .


January 2nd, 2011
9:57 am

Skip’s in Avondale Estates — great dogs, great service!


January 2nd, 2011
10:00 am

Corner Deli in Alpharetta @ corner of Milton Ave // Roswell St. — Chili Dogs

Snoop Dawg

January 2nd, 2011
10:03 am

Best Dog in the state is UGA VIII, even with lousy coaches and hip hop gangsta thug players.


January 2nd, 2011
10:04 am



January 2nd, 2011
10:09 am

These responses are just further proof of the “Lack of Culture” in Atlanta. Why else whould anyone asked to pick the “best” hot dog select the Varsity hot dog? Why does Georgia, and specifically Atlanta, stay in the trap of steadfast tradition and never reach out to improve its image? You all know there are better hot dogs in Atlanta than the totally mediocre Varsity dog. Wake up, Atlanta!


January 2nd, 2011
10:19 am

Mike’s Chicago Dogs in Sandy Springs are tops!


January 2nd, 2011
10:21 am

If you havent had a Hail Mary from Rivals Dude your missing out if your a Dawg fan . Two 1/4 pound All beef dogs deep fried topped with That awesome homemade chili , yella mustard , onions , shredded cheddar , That tangy sweet PINK slaw that rocks the tastebuds and oyster crackers on the side with a order of southern taters – hand cut french fries no frozen fries smothered in the chili and cheddar . I drive 45 minutes for my fix hey Rivals open one in Athens Please . Oh and the atmosphere is as the name implies Ga bulldog Ga Tech Ga acc sec stuff fill the walls as well as the local rivals two or three highschools cool place great food Yea Hail Mary and Rivals gets my vote.


January 2nd, 2011
10:24 am

The Varsity may be the most overrated hot dog house i’ve ever eaten at. they are the plainest, worst tasting, soggiest hotdogs ever. I don’t see how anyone can call it the best. Just because it’s a tradition doesn’t make it anywhere near the best. Actually, none of it’s sandwiches can be quantified as the best!!!


January 2nd, 2011
10:28 am

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January 2nd, 2011
10:29 am

I like Barkers hot dogs the best.


January 2nd, 2011
10:31 am

Barkers are the Best!


January 2nd, 2011
10:46 am

The Varsity. But I gotta give a vote to The Good Food Truck for their delicious Poodle!


January 2nd, 2011
10:56 am

Come N Get It in Marietta (formerly Fat Boy’s in Smyrna), great dogs, toasted buns, yummmm

Tech Fan

January 2nd, 2011
11:04 am

I used to wait in line 2 hours for a Barkers Dog at tech games and always well worth the wait.


January 2nd, 2011
11:14 am

What makes a great restaurant? The food, the ambiance, the service – BARKERS scores big on all three. Try the original dog topped with their famous hot sauce and vadalia onion slaw with an order of fresh battered onion rings – nothing better PERIOD!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


January 2nd, 2011
11:17 am

Where’s Avon Dale ?


January 2nd, 2011
11:41 am

Surely the editors will invalidate all of the crap postings for Rivals and CJs. Spamming an online forum, especially so obviously (you idiots do see that your posts are timestamped, right????), is simply annoying and makes me actively NOT want to try your pathetic offerings. I hope you close permanently and are never allowed to open a business again.


January 2nd, 2011
11:46 am

Mickey’s Hotdogs – Buford


January 2nd, 2011
12:04 pm

As we all know, food really does taste better cooked over charcoal. Barkers cooks all their dogs and sausages over lump charcoal just the way you like it right in front of your eyes. They cook everything in an open kitchen which is the cleanest kitchen in town. If you have never been to Barkers you really don’t know what you are missing there is nothing like it. I love the original red hot!!!


January 2nd, 2011
12:08 pm

My CJ’s post was legit.

Diane D

January 2nd, 2011
12:33 pm

CJ’s in McDonough…outstanding Dogs and wonderful staff…always fun to go there and the price is right!!!!!!!!!


January 2nd, 2011
12:39 pm

Varsity wins for ATL, but the best Chili Dog in the world is Skin’s in SC. The original is in Anderson with 8-10 more around Greenville, Clemson and Seneca.


January 2nd, 2011
12:58 pm

Reading all these posts on hotdogs has made me hungry. I’m headed to CJ’s in McDonough.


January 2nd, 2011
1:05 pm

Unfortunately, CJ”s is now closed– bummer


January 2nd, 2011
1:23 pm

Varsity hot dogs are tasteless tubes of unknown animal origin. But emotion and tradition certainly will garner the VArsity a lot of votes.

Serious hot dog lovers will generally opt for natural skin weiners. I haven’t eaten at every hot dog grill, but Mike’s Dogs in Sandy Springs puts out a darn good Vienna beef product with great buns and toppings. You can actually taste the seasonings in the hot dog…..not that it matters to some folks.


January 2nd, 2011
1:28 pm

Taste of Chicago in Marietta on Powder Springs Rd.
Dogs and Brats.


January 2nd, 2011
1:55 pm

Barkers Red Hots on Windy Hill


January 2nd, 2011
2:06 pm

Quick Trip by far


January 2nd, 2011
2:09 pm

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January 2nd, 2011
2:10 pm

Skips in Avondale and Sams Club. I’m from Chicago where hot dogs are great!


January 2nd, 2011
2:13 pm

Cjs hotdogs
isn’t closed. Just left. Had the best hot dog ever. Ed must own a Hotdog place and is mad they didn’t get nominated. Cjs has the best dogs hands down. Hey ED don’t be a hater.

Gladys Strickland

January 2nd, 2011
2:45 pm

What happened to Barker’s? They had carts in downtown Atlanta and one year they were sold outside the GT football games. They are great!


January 2nd, 2011
2:52 pm

Barkers on Windy Hill in Marietta. We drive from Tucker for hot dogs (and the french fries too!).


January 2nd, 2011
3:02 pm

Nu-way in Macon, Fort Valley, and Warner Robins or if you are in Albany try Jimmy’s Hot Dogs. Jimmy’s is the best in GA.


January 2nd, 2011
3:11 pm

If you just look back over this page prior to Eds comment and pages prior Barkers has more votes than either cjs or rivals and no mention of them being cheeters or spamming .Seems it would be simple to figure out what establishment this individual owns . The AJC has a means of keeping it fair when nominations are tallied I assure you. Hope all this negativity directed at some of these establishments dont come back to bite you .


January 2nd, 2011
3:19 pm

Anyone that says they won’t try food from an establishment and hope they close because of comments on a forum is cruel and cutting off your nose to spite your face. Rivals has a fantastic hot dog (I love the chili/cheese) and the most incredible fries. Don’t even get me started on owner, Chuck Sasser. He ran out into the parking lot to grab us one day after we had eaten there JUST to give my son a piece of candy and thank us for coming. Another time we were in there and my son wanted a 50 cent bouncy ball out of a machine. My husband and I didn’t have any change on us, but Chuck had heard the whole thing. He handed my son two quarters for that ball.
So I ask, where else can you eat fantastic food and be in the presence of such kindness? I assure you that Rivals is it.
I truly pity the haters.

Trey Kelly

January 2nd, 2011
3:35 pm

Hotdog Heaven, downtown Woodstock. Big time!!


January 2nd, 2011
4:15 pm

The subject is “Best of the Big A.” Not Iceland!

Marine One

January 2nd, 2011
5:02 pm

Hot Dog Heaven — Chicago style — Woodstock/Kennesaw!


January 2nd, 2011
5:03 pm

Nu-Way are almost uneatable!

Dog Man

January 2nd, 2011
5:09 pm

sometimes they cook hotdogs outside publix—those are really good, especially with a cold beer.


January 2nd, 2011
5:10 pm

In alphabetical order



January 2nd, 2011
5:13 pm

NuWay is the very best in Georgia. Varsity is only its greasy second cousin.


January 2nd, 2011
5:29 pm

Turner Field of course.

washing my dogs, not watching

January 2nd, 2011
5:32 pm

Mike’s Chicago Dog in Sandy Springs has become my favorite. Try it if you haven’t.


January 2nd, 2011
6:07 pm

I haven’t read all the posts and won’t , but it seems we ventured outside atl to the Nu way. If you want to include good dogs, go to Americus and try Monroe’s “best dog bitten by man”. Classic red weiner which you can get with all the traditional toppings. Hard to eat $5.00 worth with their inexpensive prices.

Jay Tye

January 2nd, 2011
6:21 pm

Mike’s Hotdogs on Roswell Rd in Sandy Springs located in the same plaza as Petsmart and Whole Foods

not so

January 2nd, 2011
7:08 pm

I was not so fascinated or impressed with Varsity … just a travel channel hype?? I’ll have to go with Sam’s


January 2nd, 2011
7:20 pm

Mickey’s in Buford . . . #2 after the V!