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Best Hot Dogs in Atlanta

by aptsjaime on 09/06/11 at 2:48 pm

Whether you’re living in Atlanta or just passing through, you’ll want to stop by at least one of its top hot dog places to really get a taste of the city.

Hot dogs and summer go together like Atlanta and Piedmont Park, the Braves and Coca-Cola. Whether you’re living in the City of Trees or just passing through, you’ll want to stop by at least one of the top hot dog places in Atlanta to really get a taste of the city. If you’re not getting your hot dog fix at an Atlanta Braves game, check out the five suggestions below.

Nakama’s Coney Island

What: This no-frills, hole-in-the-wall hamburger, hot dog and sandwich stop in downtown Atlanta sells hot dogs not unlike the ones at a certain New York amusement park. Try the polish sausages too, and make it a late night if you want, as Nakama’s is open until 4 a.m. on weekends.

Where: 235 Mitchell St., Atlanta, GA 30303

Streatery (street cart)

What: If not-so-typical toppings are what you’re after, Streatery is the hot dog venue for you. Start with an all-beef, veggie, turkey or sausage dog, and load it with the usual toppings, or guacamole, hot sauce, peach barbecue sauce, red onions, sautéed onions and celery salt to create your own combination.

Where: 240 Peachtree St. NW, Atlanta, GA 30303

Good Food Truck

What: The food truck revolution is just getting started in Atlanta, and Good Food Truck is a great place to begin your tour. Super-inventive flavor combinations may intimidate you, but don’t be afraid – a hot dog served in a French toast bun with apple maple slaw, spicy mustard and maple syrup (Poodle Dog) may be the best thing you ever had. Plus, the menu is handwritten on a chalkboard, which adds that certain retro flair.

Where: The Good Food Truck travels all over Atlanta and regularly makes appearances at Atlanta’s many summer festivals. Check the Good Food Truck Facebook page to keep up with its whereabouts.

America’s Top Dog

What:  For small, affordable hot dogs and a wealth of toppings, visit America’s Top Dog. Go for their smoky dog and top it with battered, fried onions, chow chow, cinnamon chili, sautéed onions and peppers, pulled pork or Texas chili. Sauce options include sriracha, mustard barbecue, horseradish mustard, salsa verde and salsa roja.

Where: 3352 Chamblee Tucker Rd., Atlanta, GA 30341

The Varsity

What: You’ll be hard-pressed to find a native Atlantan who doesn’t get sentimental when talking about The Varsity, the largest fast-food drive-in in the world. Though The Varsity staff has their own language for naming different dogs (“Mary Brown Dog” or “Regular C Dog” for starters), toppings such as pimento cheese and bacon are all Southern – and delicious, especially when paired with The Varsity’s signature drink, the Frosted Orange.

Where: The Varsity has various locations throughout the greater Atlanta area, though the flagship restaurant is at 61 North Ave. NW, Atlanta, GA 30308.

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