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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

Jennifer

December 28th, 2010
1:22 pm

Put me down as a Rivals fan – no one else can come close!

Tree Guy

December 28th, 2010
1:23 pm

Rivals in Loganville is the best I’ve had in the Southern States! The Varsity? Cmon man! The Varsity? Really? You ain’t been to Rivals!

donkey200

December 28th, 2010
1:28 pm

Barker’s Hot Dogs

Lou

December 28th, 2010
1:28 pm

Best pink slaw ever!!! And the handcut fries….YUMMY!!!!!

Nicole

December 28th, 2010
1:29 pm

Brandi’s in Marietta has awesome chili slaw dogs! The Varsity is a close second.

Cindy

December 28th, 2010
1:39 pm

Rivals in Loganville…Get,em the way you want em,,,Yummy.The hand cut fries are great.Family owned and operated

Melissa

December 28th, 2010
1:39 pm

Rivals Hot Dogs in Loganville – they don’t do chicken, they don’t do burgers, and they don’t do sandwiches. They do hot dogs, and they do them GREAT! That pink slaw is the best of the best – you won’t find a better dog anywhere in the country!!

reservoirDAWG

December 28th, 2010
1:40 pm

I see someone told the owner of Rivals about this board.

GP

December 28th, 2010
1:40 pm

Varsity is garbage. Only choice is Barkers

Rick

December 28th, 2010
1:42 pm

CJ’s in McDonough. Where they toast the buns like to old Yellow Jacket.

Charles

December 28th, 2010
1:45 pm

For those that eat at Sams and Costco you sure might as well be eating at the gas station on the coner. CJ’s in McDonough has the best dawgs around you should try the Big Dawg.

Debbie

December 28th, 2010
1:54 pm

Rivals Hotdogs in Loganville. Great food, great service, friendly, and very supportive of the youth in the community! Great place!!

Jay

December 28th, 2010
1:55 pm

No doubt…The V

Connie Rager

December 28th, 2010
1:57 pm

Rivals Hotdogs in Loganville, GA

Jane

December 28th, 2010
2:00 pm

Rivals Hot Dogs in Loganville, Ga are the best!!! Not only are the dogs great with LOTS of variations the family and sports atmosphere is great!!!

cfarris

December 28th, 2010
2:07 pm

Varsity Chili Cheese Slaw Dog. I’ve been to New York and Chicago, they have some great dogs, but all you Yankees who act like they’re SO much better up north should go back there, and stay. Barkers Red Hots are excellent also.

Bubba

December 28th, 2010
2:09 pm

CJ’s in McDonough. Toasted buns and a Chicago Dawg that will make a guy from Chicago miss home.

Jonathan

December 28th, 2010
2:11 pm

Holeman and Finch. Hands down and better than their famous burger.

Southside

December 28th, 2010
2:16 pm

Jimmy’s Hot Dogs in Albany, GA. Enough said!

Big Lou

December 28th, 2010
2:17 pm

Lady Darkseid

December 28th, 2010
2:25 pm

Fuddruckers Dogzilla is wonderful. You all need to try it. Also, Sonics has a good footlong dog if you are looking for a good dog as well. The V is ok but not the best to me. Sometimes, they are little bit too raw for my taste. If you want a baby pup-try Krystals. They are pretty good when they are hot.

David McLees

December 28th, 2010
2:35 pm

Rival’s Hot Dogs in Loganville! (add a side of those sothern taters too!)

I like weiners

December 28th, 2010
2:46 pm

Mikes Hot dogs Sandy Springs

Brad S

December 28th, 2010
2:55 pm

Barkers on Windy Hill, nothing comes close.

Cheaters

December 28th, 2010
2:56 pm

Pls. do not include Rivals on the short list, they are obviously submitting multiple false entries.

Patty

December 28th, 2010
3:04 pm

Rivals in Loganville is the absolute best dog anywhere! Believe me, not a single one of these entries is false….Rivals has a huge following fo very, very loyal customers who are vocal about their support.

Scotch

December 28th, 2010
3:05 pm

Rivals in Loganville is the best in town. The “Hail Mary” is the best food i have ever put in my mouth. Great polish sausage dogs and even the non-dog “water wienie” is fabulous. Doesn’t get any better.

Kay

December 28th, 2010
3:36 pm

Please when you do the voting list do not in Rivals, this person has gone mad! Let you know it’s the same person, they are to stupid to space out the comments, keep doing them back to back

Bo

December 28th, 2010
3:55 pm

. No cheaters No multiple votes just a good following Id say . Thats what this board is here for . Individuals supporting his or her choice and Rivals just happens to be these peoples choice .

keeball

December 28th, 2010
3:57 pm

I won’t go to Rivals because of all the comments

RL

December 28th, 2010
4:04 pm

Skip’s Hot Dogs in Avondale Estates!!!

MountainDawg

December 28th, 2010
4:06 pm

I don’t partake of hotdogs much, but will take the kids to the Varsity or Brandi’s. I reckon my favorites are slaw dogs, slaw/chili dogs & (when I can find one) a Chicago style dog.

Jeff

December 28th, 2010
4:15 pm

GA Girl, you actually have it the opposite: Atlantans/Georgians have NO idea what a good hot dog is, it’s not exactly a hot dog town like Chicago here. That said, I do like the Varsity, but Costco and Barkers are better, no doubt.

Reesie

December 28th, 2010
4:17 pm

Barkers Red Hots- they are so good that they are addictive!

Lou

December 28th, 2010
4:21 pm

For that best pink slaw & handcut fries!!! That is at Rivals Hotdogs in Loganville, Ga. You Rock!!!!!

Luis

December 28th, 2010
4:27 pm

Mike’s Chicago Hot Dogs in Sandy Springs. Been to the Varsity a couple of times, nothing special.

Shaniqua

December 28th, 2010
4:29 pm

Varsity will always be #1
2nd place is SKIPS in Avondale Estates

Scott

December 28th, 2010
4:32 pm

Cj’s hotdogs in Mcdonough, GA is by far the best around.

Hester

December 28th, 2010
4:35 pm

Let’s have a “Hot Dog Off” and decide once and for all!!!!!!

Rupricht

December 28th, 2010
4:37 pm

Steak ‘n Shake began selling hot dogs a year or so ago – try one, it will surprise you how good they are. The Chicago dog is great.

authority on this topic

December 28th, 2010
4:39 pm

hands down it’s Barker’s. Any not saying Barker’s hasn’t eaten at Barker’s.

midtown lot lizard

December 28th, 2010
4:42 pm

Face it, folks: the Varsity is all about the experience. It’s a fun place, and kids love it, but it’s the same caliber as a movie dog. Get real, people!
Mike’s in Sandy Springs knows what they’re doing, and the quality is there. Hot Dog Heaven in Woodstock is great too – they serve Vienna dogs – the real deal!
I dare any of you Varsity drones to taste a dog at either of the above places, then go back to the Varsity. You’re not gonna like it!

snowflake

December 28th, 2010
4:44 pm

Rivals in loganville is the place to go. Their hot dogs are the best and their homemade fries are the best!

Brogens Hero

December 28th, 2010
4:46 pm

Nu Way chilli dog is superior to the Varsity all day everyday!

tinkerbell

December 28th, 2010
4:47 pm

Rival’s out in Loganville ROCKS!!!!!!! Their Hail Mary is AWESOME and if you think you are tough enough…sign up for the Hellhound Challenge! Their homemade fries are the best around!

Shubie

December 28th, 2010
4:48 pm

Bobby G’s in Milton! The best hot dogs!!!!! Gotta have sport peppers and celery salt.

Janice

December 28th, 2010
4:51 pm

Martinsville Race Track in Martinsville, VA

Donna

December 28th, 2010
4:51 pm

Definitely Rivals in Loganville,GA!!!!!

Tom

December 28th, 2010
4:56 pm

Mickey’s Hot Dogs in downtown Buford. Best slaw dogs I’ve ever had…

Stacie

December 28th, 2010
4:57 pm

I ate at Yellow Jackets in Ellenwood about 10/11 years ago! Hands down, and they brag on being slow and taking their time preparing your food; and if you want fast food to go somewhere else. So i will have to say…Yellow Jackets. However, I am a bit frustrated because it is hard to find a good hot dog place down here…i am used to going to a “downtown” and seeing hot dog stands everywhere with tasty dogs and condiments…oh well…