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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

Nicole

December 29th, 2010
9:36 am

CJs Hot Dogs in McDonough! Great variety of dogs. Great customer service. Everyone should try it.

gaonmymind

December 29th, 2010
9:37 am

We are talking about the best hot dogs in ATLANTA. Chicago & New York hot dogs don’t cut it. Only in the south can you ask for chili and slaw on a hotdog and the best place to get one is at the Varsity no doubt! (+ don’t forget your onion rings/fries & frosty orange to complete it!)

corlis

December 29th, 2010
9:39 am

CJ’s has the best HOTDOGS ever!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Krista

December 29th, 2010
9:40 am

CJ’s Hot Dogs in McDonough!!!!

Pirk70

December 29th, 2010
9:45 am

Empire State Pizza and Dogs, great dogs New York Style

Richard Bagge

December 29th, 2010
9:53 am

Definitely Brandi’s in Marietta, with Barker’s and The Varsity also in the running but, honestly, nowhere close.

Richard Bagge

December 29th, 2010
9:54 am

It is a shame to hear that Rivals is closing. I had only just heard about them this month and was looking forward to going back out there!

Roadie

December 29th, 2010
10:01 am

Zesto’s chili dogs with extra onions and tots… Gotta love it.

ATLChefMan

December 29th, 2010
10:01 am

Fly to O’Hare and any dog in the airport is better than anyone in Atlanta, otherwise: SKIPS! The great unknown gem in Decatur. Varsity? Not bad, but over-hyped. Costco and Sam’s Club? Are you kidding me? Wow. This is like the polls in Atlanta that show that everyone thinks Red Lobster is the best seafood restaurant in the area. Sad.

Core

December 29th, 2010
10:11 am

Yellow Jackets in Ellenwood has the best dog in town !!!!!!

Vonnie Givens

December 29th, 2010
10:25 am

My husband and I who is in the military have lived many places in his career and we have now found a “BEEF” delicious HotDog at: the counter of: MEATS at the World Market, the taste is awesome and its as close to Kosher as it comes.

hot dawg

December 29th, 2010
10:27 am

Ex-Buffalonian

December 29th, 2010
10:28 am

Barkers (Windy Hill) – Real charcoal broiled hot dogs – nothing better!

L

December 29th, 2010
10:29 am

cjs in mcdonough!!

PATSY

December 29th, 2010
10:34 am

CJ’s Hotdogs in McDonough!!! Good selection of dogs fixed the way you want. Never fails to make my happy.

s. Fisher

December 29th, 2010
10:45 am

Rivals Hot Dogs in Loganville. Definitely the best!

Melissa 'Missy' Brady

December 29th, 2010
10:47 am

Rivals hotdogs ALL the way!!!

Blu55

December 29th, 2010
10:57 am

“RIVALS” Best dog in town!!!!

TAMMYS.

December 29th, 2010
11:15 am

RIVALS IN LOGANVILLE, GA. IS THE NUMBER ONE PLACE TO GO.

Cindy

December 29th, 2010
11:16 am

C J’ Hotdogs in McDonough. Best you can get!!!!!!!!!

Jeanine Bartlett

December 29th, 2010
11:23 am

Chainz

December 29th, 2010
11:29 am

I miss Detroit for one reason and one reason only….. Onasis Coney Island, best hangover food ever…….

Rivals Hotdogs

December 29th, 2010
11:29 am

Brian ,
I have been praying for a door to open or a door to shut and to show me a direction for months now so that i might retain a dream I have put my everything into . I announced i was closing my doors to my family,friends,and patrons monday of this week . A very difficult decision I assure you . One of the most emotional decissions of my life . In our short lifespan I have been touched by alot of great people and been blessed to touch others more than I ever imagined. When I announced the closing I was flooded with emails and phone calls and messages that were so inspirational and I began to see things in a different light . On my menues and website I have always had our mission stated as follows and sorry about the capital letters it was only format I had to copy from.About Us
To have a dream is good.
To have a dream and share it with your best friend ( my wife ) is even better, but to have a dream become reality…Awesome!

Our mission…our dream…We, by all accounts, are “Foodies” !
My wife and I, love food of all variations, from all corners of the world imaginable. Always on the search.. to try and find anything new and different from that “Same ‘OL Same OL” ! Even with the old time favorites, I find myself twisting and tweaking a recipe, wanting to give it that SPARK to make it my own. Never going by the book…sooo…with this consuming passion for Food. My wife and I decided to:

Make our dream a reality. What a Venture!

We began our journey by talking with family members…friends…neighbors
Even complete strangers! ( Anybody who would listen to us! )

We want to know: “What is your favorite memory of ‘ a hot dog ‘ ?”

We were so hungry for any infomation that might help us. We soaked it all in! Guess what! We were amazed to learn that just about all of the “Grown Up” folks told us about a hot dog place they used to frequent as a child.What we found even more enlightening was when they went back to recall thier memories, we noticed that thier faces lit up with excitement and a warm glow…Always…probably, just as they did years ago when thierparents turned around adn looked at them in the back seat of that ‘41 Studebaker’ and said “Kids, we’re headed for the hot dog place!” Seems like these places have all but disappeared these days. Few and far between now. We felt that all the input we received was givenwith such fondness and gave us a much greater vision of the restaurant we had envisioned in the beginning.It opened our eyes and our hearts. It made us want to be one of those places that puts a twinkle in the eyes of all our young people.Now and in the years to come, we want to help create good, healthy, fun-filled memories and strong school spirit for all who enter here.As well as fill your “Tummies” with some goodOl’ Dawgs!

In the end our mission is to bring a quality product with the freshest ingredients ( staying away from the canned and frozen ) in order to gain the respect of the young and the wise taste buds in this community!

To the future, respectfully, we are Chuck & Kayce
As well as our lovely children: Destiny, Brittany, amber, Kodi, Kayle
and last but definitely not least…Charli!

Then a cust came in and told me about your remark as well as others that were supporting me and I read thru them pages one thru seven . I have been waiting on the AJC to do a hotdog vote for years and then it happens the week we announce our closing maybe more than fate . Basically I will not be closing Rivals I will find a means I promise you. Rivals will remain open I may not be the owner or maybe I will but the end result will be Rivals will continue to be more than a restraunt it will continue to build memories……God Bless and thank you . Chuck aka to my patrons Mudcat . .

Alan McKnight

December 29th, 2010
11:30 am

Barkers Red Hots on Windy Hill! Sorry Varsity. I still love you! :-)

Glenn

December 29th, 2010
11:33 am

Every summer growing up in Macon I had two loaded Nu Ways & a cup of fries . For an occasional change I would substitute one dog for a mega burger junior . The way the chili grease mixes with the soft bun is just great . The next time you find yourself off 75 or 16 its worth the stop .

Debbie

December 29th, 2010
11:44 am

For those who think Rivals is one person, you have never lived in an up and coming town. Our sports are spectacular, and the business first advertised on a local message board. We’ve been waiting since 2009 to be able to rate our favorite place. We just happened to see the ratings board around the same time. I know the majority of those people and they are the reason Rivals was so successful. Ours is a community atmosphere in Loganville. Even our businesses have a homey touch. Goes to show there are trolls even on an AJC . LOL.

Regularfoodie

December 29th, 2010
11:48 am

Skip’s Hot Dogs in Avondale Estates!!!!

NinjaMomma

December 29th, 2010
11:48 am

RIVAL’S in Loganville GA……hands-down. Try the Hellhound Challenge. Try ANY of their specialty dogs – HUGE hot dog menu…..their fries also WAY better than anything around.

Bob Trebits

December 29th, 2010
11:49 am

The best dog in Atlanta is Barker’s!!

Bob Trebits

December 29th, 2010
11:51 am

Barker’s has the best dogs: Windy Hill Road!!

Heather

December 29th, 2010
11:54 am

Rivals in Loganville!!!!

from the chi

December 29th, 2010
12:02 pm

the Chicago Dog on Roswell in Marietta

ATL4real

December 29th, 2010
12:07 pm

The Loaded Dogzilla @ Manuel’s Tavern

Kim Smith

December 29th, 2010
12:09 pm

Rivals in Loganville – far better than none and they support all local school events and sports teams hands down.

kaleb

December 29th, 2010
12:09 pm

Rivals in loganville

kaylee

December 29th, 2010
12:10 pm

Rivals in Loganville

kimbo

December 29th, 2010
12:10 pm

Rivals in Loganville

Kat Orr

December 29th, 2010
12:19 pm

Rivals Hotdogs in Loganville, BAR NONE! They are fantastic. Not only are the dogs delicious (with a great and creative variety to choose from), they are also an integral part of our community. RIVALS, RIVALS RIVALS, ALL THE WAY! :-)

Kay

December 29th, 2010
12:24 pm

CJ’s Hotdogs in McDonough – absolutely the best!

Barbara

December 29th, 2010
12:27 pm

Look foks I know the Varisty is a sentimental favorite cause it’s a cool place to go-but a good hot dog-be serious! The food is not good and we all know it….who out there has not had an upset stomach from the greasy food-fun yes-good no way!

Mike’s in Sandys Springs and Costco because they service QUALITY franks.

Anon

December 29th, 2010
12:29 pm

Rivals in Loganville may not have the best hot dog in the area, but the owners of it sure do have a great knack on how to increase their advertising without spending one red cent. Just post on an internet message board that you’re going to be closing your doors and the Loganville locals will come back for one last hot dog at Rivals. Then the Loganville locals will try to spread the word, far and wide to everyone they know to drop in at Rivals to have one last hot dog from there before they close. Then the owners of Rivals post a link to this web page on the Loganville message board so their few Loganville locals will come to it in droves to show their support with words instead of cash at the counter.

Now, several days after announcing he was closing the doors at the end of the year, Chuck announces that because of the local support he will reconsider closing the doors.

Chuck, I have to hand it to you. You run a close second to P.T. Barnum.

LWells2000

December 29th, 2010
12:31 pm

Chuck and Kayce. your love for people, Rivals, and your customers will assure continued success for you in whatever you’re called to do in the future. It’s been our pleasure to enjoy your restaurant at both locations. Rivals would be sorely missed in our community…and we’re hopeful that it can continue to be the wonderful, needed asset to Loganville. Its product is second-to-none, the big “V” included~! ~ M ‘n L

Amy

December 29th, 2010
12:39 pm

Rivals Hotdogs in Loganville, GA!! Must support my local businesses….not only because it is local but because they DO have the BEST hotdogs around!!!!

MIA

December 29th, 2010
12:42 pm

Hands down Brandi’s World Famous Hot dogs in Marietta is the best although Bobby G’s Chicago Dog is pretty darn good

Sybil

December 29th, 2010
12:46 pm

CJ’s Hot Dogs in McDonough by far the best!!!!!!11

Grant

December 29th, 2010
12:47 pm

I’m a fan of Rivals out in Loganville. Great folks , great service and great dogs!

Rivals Hotdogs

December 29th, 2010
12:49 pm

Anon,
You just have no idea what me or my family have encountered this passed year . This decision took months to make not a day . Those close to me I have spoke with the matter about of course . But if you think a couple of days sells make enough of a turn in my pocketbook to change the direction of rivals your sadly mistaken . I have simply been blessed with opinions and views and comments that have inspired me to not give up YET. This is about individuals voting for a favorite hot dog . Why not just vote instead of bashing people with false accusations my friend . I may not own Rivals in a week I may loose it all , I may not , I’m simply praying for a direction .

Debbie

December 29th, 2010
12:51 pm

Cj’s Hotdogs in McDonough has the best hotdogs I have ever had.

Kathi

December 29th, 2010
12:55 pm

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

Jill Marshall

December 29th, 2010
1:11 pm

RIVALS in Loganville has the best hotdogs…they even have a FRIED dog!!!