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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

566 comments Add your comment

Bill Young

December 29th, 2010
7:37 pm

CJ’s has the best dogs anywhere in Atlanta. The big Dawg is out of this world.


December 29th, 2010
8:01 pm

Rivals in Loganville is the very best. The Varsity does not hold a candle to the great food and family owned atmospere that Rivals offers. If you really want a great hot dog cooked with pride, go to Rivals in Loganville (Kroger shopping center on hwy 78.


December 29th, 2010
8:06 pm

Rivals Hot Dogs in Loganville, GA …Great Service, Great Food and a pleasure to know Chuck Sasser…


Brooke H.

December 29th, 2010
8:09 pm

Rivals Hot Dogs in Loganville, GA are way better then the Varsity. I am from kentucky and was introduced to Rivals and I will not go anywhere else.

Thank you for the great food Chuck…


December 29th, 2010
8:12 pm

Loganville, GA has Rivals that has been on Diners, Dives, and Drive-ins…so this has to be the best! The hotdogs are GREAT!!! No matter where I am in the State, I make sure I make the trip to Rivals in Loganville…Rivals….Rivals….Rivals….Rivals….Rivals….Rivals….Rivals….Rivals….Rivals….Rivals….Rivals….Rivals….Rivals….Rivals….Rivals….Rivals….Rivals….Rivals….Rivals….Rivals….Rivals….Rivals….Rivals….Rivals….Rivals….Rivals….Rivals….Rivals….Rivals….Rivals….Rivals….Rivals….Rivals….Rivals….Rivals….Rivals….Rivals….Rivals….Rivals….Rivals….Rivals….Rivals….Rivals….Rivals….Rivals….Rivals….Rivals….Rivals….Rivals….Rivals….Rivals….Rivals….Rivals….Rivals….Rivals….Rivals….Rivals….Rivals….Rivals….Rivals….Rivals….Rivals….Rivals….Rivals….Rivals….Rivals….Rivals….Rivals….Rivals….Rivals….Rivals….Rivals….Rivals….Rivals….Rivals….Rivals….Rivals….Rivals….Rivals….Rivals….Rivals….Rivals….Rivals….Rivals….Rivals….Rivals….Rivals….Rivals….Rivals….Rivals….Rivals….Rivals….THE BEST


December 29th, 2010
8:34 pm

CJ’s in McDonough is the best!!


December 29th, 2010
8:46 pm

CJ’s in McDonough. Awesome chili dogs. Huge variety of others. Crazy good customer service.


December 29th, 2010
9:06 pm

Rivals in Loganville by far! They had me with the purple homemade slaw.


December 29th, 2010
9:18 pm

Rivals in Loganville is a great place – fresh, tasty choices, homestyle fries, clean, and unique! Fun and pleasant!

Teds fan

December 29th, 2010
9:22 pm

Barkers is the best I’ve had. never been to Rivals but if the owner is a nice as he seems on this board I’m hoping his business picks up. It appears his community likes him. Good to see a small business affect people like that.


December 29th, 2010
9:32 pm

CJ’s in McDonough is the best hot dog without a doubt. They have a huge variety and are a good quality. The restaurant is clean and friendly also. They even warm the kraut for you!


December 29th, 2010
9:36 pm

Well, this ain’t in Hot’lanta, but the very best hot dog in Ga, is in Ellijay at Mr. P’s. It’s worth the drive!!


December 29th, 2010
9:39 pm

Best= Rivals, Loganville, GA.


December 29th, 2010
10:06 pm

Rivals in Loganville.
I’ve been to yellow jacket and Skips, both are good but Rivals is the best!


December 29th, 2010
10:11 pm

My vote goes to America’s Top Dog. Great Dogs & Sausages. The best Burgers in town. Crispy fresh cut fries and absolutely the best onion rings in the universe. I love topping my dog or burger at their 40 topping bar with everything from different chilis to homemade slaw (the best), chow chow, sweet onion relish, giardinara salad and the list goes on and on. Why didn’t someone think of this
before???? I believe the owner when he says they will have 12 stores open in the next 4 years. This guy knows what he’s doing and his staff takes his lead. For only being open 3 months in not such a hot location, America’s Top Dog has already developed a large loyal following which grows daily.
Good luck to them and count me as one of those loyal followers. Varsity who???

Gloria Gallian

December 29th, 2010
10:29 pm

C J’s in McDonough, GA is the BEST!!!!! The hot dog itself is great and toasting the bun makes it even better, but then you add their chili and now you have the BEST HOT DOGS IN GEORGIA!!!!!
The staff are always friendly. You know you are in the right place when employees from other restaurants in the shopping center come to eat their lunch.

Michael Kable

December 29th, 2010
10:43 pm

Rivals Hot Dogs in Loganville is the best anywhere.


December 29th, 2010
10:45 pm

My family and I really enjoy dogs from Rivals in Loganville, GA. I’m a girl originally from the North, who had never heard of a slaw dog, but once I tried one from Rivals I was hooked. The homemade fries are a perfect addition, they’re out of this world.

Gosart Family

December 29th, 2010
11:07 pm

We have to vote for the hometown favorite… CJ’s in McDonough

Big Bud

December 29th, 2010
11:12 pm

The best hot dogs in Atlanta are at Americas Top Dog near Spaghetti Jtn.
Try the Big Dog with Texas Chili, mustard, onion, cheddar sauce & jalapenos my favorite


December 29th, 2010
11:32 pm

CJ’s Hot Dogs, McDonough, Ga!!!! The Best!!


December 29th, 2010
11:41 pm

Rivals Hot Dogs- Loganville, Ga


December 30th, 2010
12:01 am

Rivals hot dogs in Loganville. They are my all time favorite hot dog. don’t believe me. just try a hail mary and you’ll fall in love :)


December 30th, 2010
12:36 am

Best dog around here is Rivals in the Loganville Kroger Shopping Center! I loved them back when they were at the hole in the wall place on Hwy 78 near the Auto Auction. Then they moved, now it looks like they may have to close! Let’s save them! They have the best hot dogs within miles and they have this awesome HOT hot dog contest! You can look it up on Youtube. Come see if you can eat 3 of their prize HOT dogs in 5 minutes! But you have to come before Friday, because they are closing the doors. So sad!!


December 30th, 2010
1:22 am

Rivals in Loganville is Great!
I eat there every Monday!


December 30th, 2010
6:25 am

CJs Hotdogs McDonough, best hot dogs around, Chicago Style Rocks and the BIG DAWG is great for game day! A hot dog on the menue for everyone. Great family environment too.

carolyn mcknight

December 30th, 2010
6:56 am

C. J. Hot Dogs!!! Best hot dogs ever. Much better than the Varsity.

Big Dawg

December 30th, 2010
7:02 am

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


December 30th, 2010
7:24 am

Hands down…America’s Top Dog on Chamblee Tucker Rd.
Can’t wait for their 2nd location to open in Norcross. It’s closer to
my office


December 30th, 2010
7:26 am

I second Mike’s vote for America’s Top Dog.


December 30th, 2010
7:28 am

Can’t beat their 3.99 Lunch special
I eat at America’s Top Dog at least 2x a week
cause they have the best dogs, burgers & fries


December 30th, 2010
8:13 am

CJ’s in McDonough is the best! The Varsity has good dogs but their onions rings aren’t anywhere close to being as good as they were 20 years ago. They would fall over in your hand and the grease would run down your arm and they were GREAT! Now, they’re just like all the other onion rings in restaurants, round and crispy.


December 30th, 2010
8:30 am

CJ’s hotdogs in McDonough serve the best hotdogs.


December 30th, 2010
8:33 am

CJ’s in Mcdonough


December 30th, 2010
8:41 am

Empire State Pizza and Dogs in Lawrenceville has the best dogs OTP


December 30th, 2010
8:45 am

HELLO ATLANTA, My name is Darren and me and my beautiful wife and daughter are the owners of CJS HOTDOGS. I just want to thank everybody for the comments for all of our restaurants keep them coming. And for the record no were not closed we moved 1421 ga hwy 20 w mcdonough bigger and better spot.So back to the BEST HOTDOG in atlanta I say lets do a BLIND TASTE TEST i will be willing to bring a THOUSAND or so dogs to see who the king is or should i say who the real the BIG DAWG is.If you guys are up to it. IF your SCARED say SCARED


December 30th, 2010
8:54 am

Rivals Hot Dogs in Loganville GA…… Not only do they have the best hotdogs…. The owner is very personable…. Im pretty sure his name is Chuck…

Not Even Close

December 30th, 2010
9:02 am

Darren nice try Barkers would blow you out of the water – That is hot dogs in water!! Barkers are grilled we are not talking gas grill either this is real charcoal plus you add a quality dog made by a fifth generation german family owned company and you have the best dog you ever tasted. I have had your hot dog and it’s ok better than the Varsity but not even close to a Barkers Red Hot


December 30th, 2010
9:05 am

cj’s hot dogs in McDonough are delish! Just one bite and you’re hooked. You have to try them just once.

Chuck from Chicago

December 30th, 2010
9:25 am

CJ’s Hot Dogs is the best! I am from Chicago the home of “Chicago Hot Dogs” and I consider myself an expert when it comes to knowing what a good hot dog is and CJ’s rivals any hot dog I have ever had in Chicago. On top of that, you will never meet nicer people than Darren, Pam and Jordan when you visit. Take my word this is one place you have to try if you you want a great hot dog.

Grill em

December 30th, 2010
9:30 am

Barkers hot off the grill are the Best!! I started eating their hot dogs 26 years ago when I worked downtown still as good as ever!!!


December 30th, 2010
9:37 am

Barkers has great food and the restaurant is really cool. I love going there with my co-workers

Illionois Lady

December 30th, 2010
10:42 am

CJ’s hand down…new McDonough location now open Sundays!


December 30th, 2010
10:49 am

Rivals in Loganville is the best!!


December 30th, 2010
10:55 am

CJ’s in McDonough….awesome food but the customer service is makes this place. It is nice to walk in and be remembered and spoken to like you are a friend. Kudos to Darren, Pam and Jordan!!!!!

Happy New Year!!

December 30th, 2010
10:57 am

Happy New Year everyone!! I am so tired of the same ole thing and Barker’s is different. The way they grill them individually right in front of you is really neat. I know we are talking about hot dogs but they have crinkle fries that they wash in vinegar that are to die for. I heard they are opening a new restaurant I hope it is in Buckhead. LOVE BARKER’S!!!


December 30th, 2010
11:01 am

I’m so happy that Rival’s won’t be closing! My husband (a rare, native Atlantan) never thought he would like a dog better than the V but he absolutely loved the chili dog and handcut fries from Rivals!! My personal favirite is the pink slaw dog and my son is a Hellhound fan. You won’t find a better hot dog or greater owners than Mudcat and Kayce! They rock!!!

Dianne Ryan

December 30th, 2010
11:51 am



December 30th, 2010
12:47 pm

Rivals In loganville is the all around BEST I HAVE EVER HAD!!!!


December 30th, 2010
1:08 pm

I just had my Barkers fix. Grill em baby!!