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Best hot dogs

catering-hotdogs-onion-rings-largeA selection of the tasty treats at Mike’s Chicago Hot Dogs in Sandy Springs. It’s your pick for best hot dogs in and around Atlanta. Photo courtesy Mike’s Chicago Hot Dogs.

YOUR PICKS
1. Mike’s Chicago Hot Dogs
You say, “Mike’s Chicago Hot Dogs in Sandy Springs can’t be beat. I’ve been going there for a few years now and the staff is always friendly and they’re super fast on cooking the dogs and fries” and “Mike’s Chicago Hot Dogs has THE best hot dogs Ever! Not only do they have a vast traditional as well as Chicago Style selection that everyone can love, they even have a delicious vegetarian dog that is out of this world!”

2. Brandi’s World Famous Hot Dogs
3. Barker’s Red Hots
4. The Varsity
5. Ringside Franks & Shakes
6. Hot Dog Factory

three5.0721Connie Simmons lays a hot dog in a bun at Brandi’s World Famous Hot Dogs off of Church St. Ext. in Marietta in 2011. The hot dog stand, which has been open since 1915, sells between 500 and 600 hot dogs each day on average Brandi’s is our pick for best hot dog in and around Atlanta. Photo: Jonathan Phillips / Special

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. The Varsity
5. Dog Days

148 comments Add your comment

Franklin Delayes Roosevelt

January 23rd, 2013
9:41 am

JCT Bar, the summer previous to this past had Wiener Wednesday – it was awesome, cheap, and ever changing. It wasn’t however the grease bomb stomach grenade that is The Varsity that many crave when intoxicated, and in need of that style. You really have to compare apples to apples in this situation, and define a category like – quick lunch, where it would come from a truck, or a place like Ringside, or fancied up dog such as the Holeman & Finch ballpark style.

KK

January 23rd, 2013
10:16 am

Holeman & Finch!

R V V

January 23rd, 2013
10:32 am

My fav is QT, can’t beat it for a $1.00.

BreezyATL

January 23rd, 2013
10:32 am

Ringside on Roswell Road. Good stuff!

artyc

January 23rd, 2013
10:33 am

Mikes in Sandy Springs used to be good, not anymore.
Cheap Ketchup.

artyc

January 23rd, 2013
10:34 am

Ringside is great also the best fries in town.

Andres

January 23rd, 2013
10:45 am

Come on ladies and gents…. Skip’s Chicago Style Hot Dogs in Avondale have the best dogs! Their catering service is awesome as well. Have used them for many events.

SAWB

January 23rd, 2013
10:47 am

While like most lifelong Atlantans I’ll always have a special place in my heart for the Varsity. However, the best I’ve had was at a place in Marietta I think it was called Barker’s.

Chris

January 23rd, 2013
10:50 am

Barker’s Red Hots (http://www.barkersredhots.com/) on Windy Hill is easily the best dog in town. They use a family owned meat packing company in Buffalo called Sahlen’s for their hot dogs and they grill them over coals for that outdoor grilled flavor… not dirty water hotdogs here! They have that distinctive char-grilled pop. Their fries are great and so is the hot sauce. Best of all, they’ll sell you packs of hot dogs, sauce, and their special mustard so you can repeat the process at home.
Great dogs – great people! Not the fastest on the planet (because they cook to order) so get their early for lunch. Well worth the wait!

Milz

January 23rd, 2013
10:51 am

As an Native its hard to beat the V…but Ringside in Buckhead is pretty good!

c

January 23rd, 2013
10:54 am

Barkers Red hots on Windy Hill hands down!! I’ve had dogs all over the city and by far these are the best. raked over the coals. Get em with their “hot sauce”. incredible

Van Smith

January 23rd, 2013
10:55 am

Hot Dog Factory, located at 1529 Spring Rd SE in
Smyrna, is fabulous. Owners, Alberto and Anna Gaxiola, offer an assortment of deliciously prepared hotdogs at reasonable prices with family-style service.

BB

January 23rd, 2013
10:58 am

Hate to say it but Sam’s Club has the best hotdogs! And the price is good too…

palana

January 23rd, 2013
11:07 am

I vote for the Varsity for sentimental reasons, but when I am really hungry we go to Sam’s. For pizza, too.

Dog lover

January 23rd, 2013
11:08 am

Kitsch’n 155 on Clairmont Rd near the VA Hospital is great. Awesome quarter pound all beef dogs!

Hand Full of Spades

January 23rd, 2013
11:10 am

The Varsity, Sam’s Club, QT, Zesto’s have good hotdogs depending on the day…. I still would love to check out HD1 in Virginia Highland’s, heard some good reviews about that place.

GoaskBK

January 23rd, 2013
11:11 am

Another vote here for Barkers….wish they had a location out in the NE….

UGA

January 23rd, 2013
11:11 am

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Davos Barks

January 23rd, 2013
11:17 am

Surprised people don’t know anything about hot dogs other than the obvious like the varsity. Barkers are very bland dogs. Brandi’s or Chicago Dog in Marietta, All American Dog on ChamTucker Rd, Diggity Dog truck, Woody’s

UGA Alumn

January 23rd, 2013
11:17 am

The best dogs in the world were at the Athens downtown Varsity when I was there in the early 1950’s. That chili dog walking was something else!!!

southern hope

January 23rd, 2013
11:29 am

There’s a food truck that I think is named Soul Pup and it is amazing. I don’t even like hot dogs and the dog I had there last summer has me still thinking about a 2nd.

Alias

January 23rd, 2013
11:30 am

GREAT AMERICAN HOT DOG in Ellenwood. Don’t even have to go downtown.

Steve

January 23rd, 2013
11:31 am

Ringside on Roswell Rd. in Buckhead.

southern hope

January 23rd, 2013
11:31 am

Oh I forgot about Woodys! Across the street from Piedmont Park and it’s open to midnight or later….

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Kyle

January 23rd, 2013
11:38 am

Barker Red Hots are really great. You’re lucky if you can catch them when they are actually open though. They have more days off than any place I have ever seen and they close early.

HD1 is also really great.

Steve

January 23rd, 2013
11:41 am

Yumdiggity, at the Sweet Auburn Curb Market, serves a premium, deli-style hot dog.

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January 23rd, 2013
11:41 am

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13 Jacket

January 23rd, 2013
11:48 am

I hate to say it, but Costco. Other places have more/better toppings and sides for sure, but if you’re asking about the best tasting, highest quality, sausage, it’s definitely Costco. Barker’s wins if you’re giving credit for toppings and sides.

Billy

January 23rd, 2013
11:53 am

Sam’s Club has a great 1/4 lb Hotdog w/32oz soda for $1.68. Can’t beat that!!

Kim Ramos

January 23rd, 2013
11:53 am

Ahhh…I vote for the Hot Dog Factory in Smyrna!! A cute little eat-in place with unique decor and a variety of specialized hot dogs that are out of this world!! BBQ hot dog with cheese grilled onions and grilled pineapple? I never could have even imagined the combination, but it will forever now stay in my memory. All I can say is YUM.

Kim Ramos

January 23rd, 2013
11:54 am

Ahhh…I vote for the Hot Dog Factory in Smyrna!! A cute little eat-in place with unique decor and a variety of specialized hot dogs that are out of this world!! BBQ hot dog with cheese grilled onions and grilled pineapple? I never could have even imagined the combination, but it will forever now stay in my memory. With deep fried Oreos for dessert? All I can say is YUM.

Scott

January 23rd, 2013
11:59 am

Brandi’s World Famous on Church Street Ext in Marietta. Easily the best chili dog ever.

Bill

January 23rd, 2013
12:02 pm

Brandi’s in Marietta easily!

JC

January 23rd, 2013
12:18 pm

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Jack Hebb

January 23rd, 2013
12:18 pm

Hot Dog Factory in Smyrna, hands down the best

Jack

January 23rd, 2013
12:19 pm

The Albert in Inman Park has the absolute best dog I’ve had in Atlanta. Order the “Albert Dog” it is 100% all beef with pulled pork bbq and homemade slaw and bbq sauce. It is by far the best. Tia and Heath run an excellent bar/restaurant. It rocks!

Will

January 23rd, 2013
12:22 pm

George’s in Va Highlands!

Unimog

January 23rd, 2013
12:31 pm

Brandi’s in Marietta, been eating them since 1955. And its not a hipster joint, just genuine food.

Patrick

January 23rd, 2013
12:31 pm

Will, I second George’s. Also Barkers on Windy Hill.

sailor12

January 23rd, 2013
12:32 pm

Theres a good spot on Powersprings rd in Marietta.

Marv

January 23rd, 2013
12:32 pm

Yellow Jacket in Ellenwood off of fairview rd.

Bhorsoft

January 23rd, 2013
12:38 pm

If we are just talking about the dog, any place that serves Vienna Beef wieners are about the best you’ll find around here. If we’re talking about the whole package, then Brandi’s in Marietta (and Cartersville) has the best chili dog (sorry Varsity). I’m also partial to Nu-Way, but they aren’t in Atlanta – just Macon.

Monica

January 23rd, 2013
12:40 pm

HD1 on Highland Avenue has the best hotdogs. Richard Blaise does it again!

Andrea Marie

January 23rd, 2013
12:43 pm

Doggy Dogg hot dogs rock!

Marco Encerrado

January 23rd, 2013
12:50 pm

Hot Dog Factory, located at 1529 Spring Rd SE in
Smyrna, is fabulous. Owners, Alberto and Anna Gaxiola, offer an assortment of deliciously prepared hotdogs at reasonable prices with family-style service. Love those guys!

MelloYelloMD

January 23rd, 2013
12:51 pm

Hot Dog Factory in Smyrna! Hands down! Only place in ATL I have found with Turkey Dogs (among other things). The BBQ dog wrapped in bacon with pineapples, sauce, cheese, onions…I’m out! I know where I am going for lunch!

Jack P

January 23rd, 2013
1:00 pm

When considering everything, I’ll go with the Varsity. Love their fries and O rings with my dog topped with chili sauce and onions. I’m headed there now. Over and out!