Where You'll Find the best hot dogs in Nashville
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Written by Liza Graves, August 21, 2015
Apparently hot dogs are having their heyday, as there are now four hot dog-dedicated restaurants in Nashville. FOUR! I suppose this is a sure sign of a growing city. We missed National Hot Dog Day last month, but a few weeks ago my family was eating at South Street and someone ordered the hot dog. It was amazing. Truly. It turned our attention to where we could find the best hot dogs in Nashville. Now South Street may still be on top, but after tracking down other options, one thing is for sure: people are very particular about how they like their hot dogs and what constitutes “the best.” Therefore, today we are highlighting places that are worthy of an outing just to try their dogs. Enjoy!
The Best hot dogs in Nashville
113 South 11th St., Nashville • (615) 226-2622
This “weanery” in East Nashville is total campy fun. It’s housed in an old VW van, complete with T-shirts for sale and picnic tables to eat at. Perhaps this is Nashville’s original food truck … except it’s not mobile. We ended up sitting next to a couple who just moved to town from California, as this is the type of place where you should ask to share tables. Go on a pretty day and enjoy! Afterward, walk across the street and order an ice cream cone from The Pied Piper Creamery. We highly recommend the “trailer trash” flavor!
106 29th Ave. N., Nashville • (615) 329-9444
Each hot dog is named after a different state, and there are 38 varieties. If you eat your way through all the states, you can get your name on the wall (and perhaps an appointment with a cardiologist, but I digress … ). This was the only purely hot dog place we found that serves beer with an impressive selection on tap. With each hot dog served on a thickly sliced piece of buttered Texas toast, we can see why hot dog lovers find their way here time and time again.
SB note: Options include bratwurst, andouille sausage, the all-beef dog, vegan sausages and more.
614 Ewing Ave., Nashville • (615) 255-3717
Found near Eighth Avenue and Lafayette, this place is tiny with only outdoor (but covered) seating. However, Hot Diggity Dogs gets an A+ for ambience of what you would expect from a cozy hot dog place, no matter what city you live in. Known for its Chicago-style dogs, this place literally would be just as beloved there as it is here. And the fries … if you don’t want to accidentally eat a whole bag full, don’t order them. They are amazing.
SB note: Veggie dogs are available.
2127 Belcourt Ave., Nashville • (615) 292-2204
If you’re looking for a menu filled with hot dog variety, The Dog of Nashville also fits the bill. Choose from 14 options, some with fun names … the Rise & Shine (with an egg on top), the Y’all Dog, the Not Dog (vegetarian). We sampled four, which were all fabulous: The Chi Town, Sweet Caroline, Fiery Redneck and the Barnyard, which is The Dog’s award-winning hot dog topped with pulled pork BBQ, BBQ sauce and creamy slaw. The fries are fab, and the onion rings are phenomenal.
And here are two more places of note that aren’t just hot dog places:
907 20th Ave. S., Nashville • (615) 320-5555
As noted above, South Street actually got this whole article started. Go for amazing raw oysters, BBQ, seafood and, yes, one incredible old-fashioned hot dog with melted cheese. At the end of our adventure, this dog still stands out as a winner.
2212 Elliston Place, Nashville • (615) 915-0764
Located next to Exit/In with both indoor and outdoor seating, Hurry Back is only 21 and older after 5 p.m. The beer selection is incredible, and the place just feels very sleek and cool. There are two hot dogs you can order, and both are sourced through Porter Road Butcher. Their PR dog the day we dined was a spicy chicken sausage dog, and the Black Alley Dog is their traditional, all-beef dog. Each is topped with house-made relishes, so if you don’t like pickles, ask for them plain.
Don’t let summer end without a trip out just to get a hot dog.