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This is a short list of mine. Tell me about new places across the South. For pictures and reviews of the dogs on the list GOOGLE choppedonion.com. I am constantly looking for the best local dogs in the South. Big towns small towns, all over.

These are not in any order from best to worst, they are all excellent or they would not be listed.

1. Roast Grill
2. Texas Tavern
3. Varsity Atlanta/Athens
4. Nu-Way Macon
5. Writes Dairy-Rite
6. Dairy Center
7. Dairy King
8. Dairy Hart
9. Bowlings
10. Milt's

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  1. Hot Dog Heaven in Woodstock, Georgia.

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    1. re: geonuc

      Zack's -Burlington
      Dick's -Wilson, NC

      1. re: steveindurham

        I have been to Zack's, and was not too impressed. Where in Wilson is Dick's? Is it near Parkers BBQ?

        1. re: Choppedonion

          If you're going to have a dog in Burltown, you gotta go to Boston's, which is around the corner from Zack's. The chili is less greasy and their burgers -- all the way with chili, onions mustard and slaw -- are exceptional. I make a point of driving an hour (from Raleigh) at least once a month. When my buddy from Florida -- Dr. S -- comes to town, we go. Indeed, he's driving 500 miles this New Year's for two combos and a bottle Pepsi.

      2. re: geonuc

        I have not been there yet, where is Woodstock?

        1. re: Choppedonion

          I'll second Hot Dog Heaven, for the name if nothing else. It's in the center of woodstock, ga. Go to Atlanta, North of the perimeter on I-75, take I-575 north, turn right off the Towne Lake Parkway exit. When you hit Main Street, it's near that intersection.

        2. re: geonuc

          I'm sorry but hotdog heaven was terrible...They were so inconciderate my wife and i went in there to get a bite with our child and they totally treated us like crap..never again

          1. re: geonuc

            The best hot dogs around here....Pulliam's Hot Dog Stand, in Winston Salem, NC. They have been doing it the same way for almost 100 years!!

          2. Dick Howell's Barbeque Pit in Florence, AL (I assume they are still open... perhaps some other Chowhounds from that area would know) and Brooks Barbecue in Muscle Shoals, AL serve my favorite Slaw Dogs in North West Alabama.

            The slaw, which my family refers to as "Dick Howell's Slaw", is a vinegar/mustard based hot slaw. The slaw is a family secret and has been made for years in this area.
            My understanding is that both restaurants are owned by some of Dick Howell's family. It's our tradition when visiting family in that area to grab a couple dozen of the dogs at Brooks for lunch and a bag of Golden Flake Potato Chips. The slaw is also served on BBQ sandwiches. Mmmmmm.. a craving just hit!

            In Fayetteville, TN, on the square, there is Bill's Pool Room (not sure if they are still open either) and Honey's. Both serve "Pool Room Slaw". The slaw is a very sweet mustard slaw that is served on both hot dogs and the famous pool room burgers. These hot dogs were a favorite of mine while attending school in the area.

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            1. re: kelomaki

              This is great! the more local the better. Thanks.

            2. discks in wilson is on Nash st..right accross from my house,,,nash is the main street

              1. Walter's Grill, Murfreesboro, NC

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                1. re: Janet from Richmond

                  I went to chowan...their dogs are good and I used to love the red hot dogs @ the Red Apple...though these were usually consumed during the wee hours of the night after parties, etc :)

                2. Yum-Yum on Spring Garden Street in Greensboro, NC (across the street from UNC-Greensboro campus). The homemade ice cream is a bonus!

                  PB's on Hawthorne Road in Winston-Salem, NC.

                  The Trolley Stop in Wrightsville Beach, NC (and other locations).

                  Paul's Place, Rocky Point, NC (near Wilmington).

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                  1. re: carolinadawg

                    I second yum yum's. I went to uncg and discovered this gem while a student there. I hope it never closes. 2 dogs all the way. heaven on a bun

                    1. re: carolinadawg

                      Yum Yum's onions are usually chopped to a mush and are old so that the sulfur compunds in them become nasty. Sometimes their chili is off too. I have eaten there off and on for close to 40 years.
                      The Dog House in High Point NC is definitely better.

                      1. re: libertjack

                        You've eaten nasty hot dogs for 40 years? What's wrong with you dude.

                        Seriously, Yum Yum's is an acquired taste. However, I'm betting they sell more hotdogs than any of the top 10

                        1. re: libertjack

                          Love Stameys hot dogs

                        2. re: carolinadawg

                          Yum-Yum has to be the best anywhere. I grew up in Greensboro and even remember when they were on the corner of Spring Garden and College. I live in Nashville, TN now and whenever I go back to Greensboro, I make it a habit of going to Yum-Yum for "three no slaw and a Cheerwine". My second lunch tradition would be Stamey's on the High Point Road.

                          1. re: carolinadawg

                            Yum-Yum on Spring Garden Street in Greensboro, NC (across the street from UNC-Greensboro campus). The homemade ice cream is a bonus!

                            +1

                            1. re: carolinadawg

                              trolly stop is not good just a name.

                            2. i second pauls place in rocky mount

                              1. trolley stop----carolina beach, wrightsville beach and southport---North Carolina

                                pauls place---rocky point, north carolina----love the relish

                                1. jack's cosmic dogs . mt. pleasant, S.C.

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                                  1. re: sadie1

                                    I second the jack's cosmic dog recommendation from sadie1-

                                    1. re: sadie1

                                      I'm also with you on Cosmic Dog~the memory of my one trip there literally brings tears to my eyes!

                                    2. Willies Weenee Wagon, Brunswick, Ga.

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                                      1. re: beteez

                                        I thought Willies was gone. A few years back while visiting at Shellman Bluff, I went to Brunswick and he wasn't there. Did I miss something?

                                        1. re: rcm999

                                          It is still there closed on Mon & Sun. On Altama across from the college.

                                      2. Dick's in Wilson...please go pay your regards to Mr.Gliarmis and his family that run this wonderfulplace...he is in the North Carolina Sports Hall of Fame.

                                        1. Coney Island Hot Dog Stand in St. Petersburg, FL and Mel's Red Hots in Tampa.

                                          John

                                          1. Dick's isn't too bad... neither is Short's in Selma and Shorty's in Wake Forest.

                                            1. I second PB's in Winston-Salem--when in high school, I would go there at least twice a week.

                                              Also, Bill's in Washington, NC--very hot and spicy white bean chili!

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                                              1. re: marshmallow78

                                                Oh yeah! Bill's hot dogs... Wonderful, spicy feasts on a bun. It has been too many years since I had one of them.

                                                I used to love every second of a Bill's hot dog. And hated every eternal hour of indigestion that followed. But the pleasure made the pain a bearable sacrifice.

                                              2. Hotdog Heaven, Woodstock, GA and Tony's Ice Cream, Gastonia, NC.

                                                1. I'm also a big fan of the Chicago Dog at the Atlanta Braves Stadium...

                                                  1. You opened up my heart and third ulcer with this one choppedonion, I've never steared ya wrong. This is a list my daddy and I contemplate on many a fishin trips. North to South:

                                                    Dick's,Wilson, NC;
                                                    Dog House, Downtown High Point, NC; if it's still there...
                                                    HotDog Heaven, Woodstock,GA
                                                    Pete's,Simpsonville, SC;
                                                    The Varsity, Atlanta; original d-town location only,
                                                    Redneck Gourmet, Newnan,GA; FRIDAY special loaded dog!!!
                                                    Jacks Cosmic, Mt. Peasant SC
                                                    Ronnie's, Savannah,GA;
                                                    ?CantRememberTheName?,129thSt and BiscayneBlvd, North Miami
                                                    Dog Hut, Kendall,FLA; on US1 towards the Keys.
                                                    ENJOY THE NITRATE CICLES!!

                                                    1. Weavers Hot Dogs ....London, Ky

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                                                      1. re: LaLa

                                                        Great place.

                                                        DT

                                                      2. I can't believe no one has suggested Chicago Mike's in Homewood, AL. They use all beef Kosher franks and all the way entails mustard, onion, kraut and a bbqish sauce. My fave is the slaw dog by far. Delicious.

                                                        Unfortunately it's only a during the week lunch place, 10 or 11 am until around 3 pm, Monday through Friday. I've woken up many Saturdays wanting a Chicago Mike dog.

                                                        I have tried the Skin's in Clemson and am waiting to try the original one in Anderson before I make my final decision, but so far I'm not impressed.

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                                                        1. re: silonius

                                                          I do love me some Mike's. Mike and his wife are so awesome and always greet me with a "Hey, Baby!" just like when he was working at his brother Lou's bar (Lou's Pub and Package). My usual was a slaw dog, Milo's Tea, and a bag of Cajun Crawtator Zapp's potato chips. Heaven!

                                                        2. I'll second Bill's in Washington, NC. Had heard about them for years, but had not had one (ok, three) until visiting my parents over the holidays. Unique spicy bean chili.

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                                                          1. re: ymiller

                                                            I back up the Bill's in Washington, NC recommendation, and also their spawn Warren's in Greenville, NC modeled after Bill's.

                                                          2. I'm not sure of the name of the the place it's been years since I went, but it was in downtown Durham NC and I think it was Amos and Andy's.

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                                                            1. re: Stack8

                                                              "Years since I went" indeed. There were three of them, and the last IIRC (on NC 54) closed over 30 years ago!

                                                            2. Ed's Wanna Be Famous Hotdogs in Charleston. They are owned by the same people who own Jestine's. Homemade sweet pepper relish....mmmmmm.

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                                                              1. re: DavidA

                                                                definitely one of the best, I thought I had had good hotdogs until I went to Ed's. We ate there twice on our honeymoon!

                                                              2. UPDATE:
                                                                Dick Howell's Barbeque Pit in Florence, AL is still open but is not recomended. My father was in Florence last week and stoped by there for a slawdog to see if they were still good... he ordered one, ate half and tossed the rest in the garbage.

                                                                Therefore, Brook's Barbecue in Muscle Shoals, AL is still the best slawdog in North Alabama!!!!!

                                                                1. Skin's hotdogs in upstate south carolina. original is in anderson but have stores in greenville, clemson, seneca, and easley

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                                                                  1. re: ericngraves

                                                                    When back in Easley , S.C. you've got to eat a couple of hotdogs from Joe's.The best hotdog in the south. Yep-- even better than skins.
                                                                    nannerpudn

                                                                    1. re: ericngraves

                                                                      Love and miss Skins!!!!! No one here in SoCal does a decent hot dog. There is no Skins "all the way" here or anything close to it. :(

                                                                      1. re: ericngraves

                                                                        Skins are very tasty. All the way, SC style with MCO (mustard, chili, onions). Only wish they grilled them instead of boiling them--would have made them even better.

                                                                        1. re: ericngraves

                                                                          Skins' is awesome. My husband, my boys, and I all love them.

                                                                          1. re: ericngraves

                                                                            I know Skins has a great following, but I think they are tasteless. Bland boiled weiners and spiceless chili. There's a reason for the Texas Pete bottle on every table.

                                                                            1. re: flyingtiger

                                                                              Does anyone know the brand of hot dog served at Skin's?

                                                                            2. re: ericngraves

                                                                              The Rough House in Abbeville S.C (county that borders Anderson; where Skin's is) is the original for this style of chile as well as the way this dog is served - and better! From the consistency of the chili to the way the chili finds its way into that top slit of the bun hugging that dog, The Rough House, since 1932, is the original. Skin Thrasher must have came through Abbeville on his way home quite a few times before opening his place many years later.

                                                                              This style of chili has actually become a regional phenomenon as a few other places make their chili the same way - Skin's just happens to be one of them.

                                                                              The Rough House did make Rachael Ray's "Everyday" magazine March '11 issue in the "64 best hot dogs of the United States" article - should've won. Atmosphere also adds major points to this place... stop by on your way, or out of your way, to Anderson.

                                                                               
                                                                            3. WOODY'S in North Miami on 128th and Biscayne. Over 60 years old, when US1 was dirt: They serve Sabrett's thick skins, great homemade hot kraut, a chili that is perfect for the dog and you don't get to pick what kinda fries ya get...RECIPE FOR DAWG PERFECTION!!!

                                                                              1. Just had a great dog (well, two great dogs) at Hap's Grill in Salisbury, NC. Dogs all the way are with chili, mustard, onion (no slaw). The chili is excellent. You get your dog hot off the grill and stand at the counter or around one of the tall tables on the sidewalk outside.

                                                                                1. Second Willie's Weenie Wagon in Brunswick, GA
                                                                                  Also slaw dogs at Paradise Grill in Tallahassee, FL

                                                                                  1. I'm from Atlanta and therefore have had Varsity dawgs since I cut my teeth. Living in Tallahassee I frequent Paradise for the Mutt and Jeff's BBQ Slaw Dog. There is also a place in Albany Ga. that is good - but I can't recall the name. But by far the very best I've had in 43 years - and I love dawgs like few other things - is The Billiard Academy in Thomasville, Ga. There is nothing fancy about this place - it's a pool hall. The dawgs come with chili - which is what makes them so damn good - and you can request mustard, ketchup, and onions. The chili is primarily ground beef with spices - it's a secret recipe but Lord I wish they would bottle the stuff! Really worth a trip but you got to get there early - they usually run out by 4 PM and the line starts to form around 11 AM.
                                                                                    121 S. Broad St., Thomasville, GA 31792
                                                                                    (229) 226-9981

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                                                                                    1. re: sunsuze

                                                                                      got to agree with sunsuze. the billiard academy in thomasville, georgia has got to be the best dawgs we have ever had. i can assure you of one thing......you can not eat only one. if they would package the chili, a small fortune would be made. you guys have got to try them one day. btw, i live in orlando but i have driven several miles out of the way to get these dogs...

                                                                                    2. Can't believe no one has mentioned Capt'n Franks in Kill Devil Hills on the Outer Banks of North Carolina. It is a cool little joint that has been there for years. Has all the right stuff to make it a great dog joint. The walls are covered with photos of area storms of note and alot of celebraties who have stop by. Thy also do this wall of photos that people have sent in from their travels while wearing a Capt'n Franks tee-shirt. If you get on the Banks....it is a must do !....OBX

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                                                                                      1. re: obxspiritdreamer

                                                                                        Wish I was there now! Great traditional they-call-it "texas" chili dog. But it's the atmosphere there at the beach that makes the place really special.

                                                                                      2. Mankin's in Holden Beach makes one of my favorites.

                                                                                         
                                                                                        1. Stewarts Hot Dogs in Huntington WV. A Huntington institution since the 20's

                                                                                          1. I would like to thank everyone who replied. Keep them coming! Thanks!

                                                                                            -choppedonion.com

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                                                                                            1. re: Choppedonion

                                                                                              Hot Dog Heaven, Hwy 50 @ Hwy 436, Orlando, FL.....as close to Chicago Dog as you will get in Orlando

                                                                                              1. re: Choppedonion

                                                                                                I have to go with Jack's Cosmic dog in Mt Pleasant Sc. The place is retro cool, fries hot, owner present, and options endless. I like the rocket dog myself. And Alton Brown from food network fame calls it "the best hot dog I've had anywhere.Ever."A fun post beach pit stop from Isle of Palms.

                                                                                              2. The best hotdog in the south, is Jimmie's Hot Dogs (An Albany Tradition, in business at the same location since 1925) 204 S. Jackson, Albany, GA Contact: (229) 435-4751. There is something special about the place, no chairs or tables, just a line of poeple , from the register, along the counter in front the staff preparing the Jimmies, out the door and onto the sidewalk. You place your order, when summoned by the lead preparer, in a loud voicerous voice response by saying, the quantity of Jimmies, and the level and or tyoe of condidments each. ' Two all the way ( two chili dogs with ketchup, mustard, and onnions.) or two without ( no onions). Jimmies are cheap, and people order them by the tens and dozens. Oh yeah they also sell chewing,& smoking tobacco, and snuff.

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                                                                                                1. re: fplummer

                                                                                                  When I was in high school 50 years ago, our band bus often stopped at the Albany bus station, which was right across the street from Jimmie's. About 75 guys would jump off the bus and run to get to the front of the line. Being teenage pigs, we'd order 3-4 dogs each and, amazingly, they'd manage to feed us all in the 15-20 minutes the bus was stopped. After all these years, I still remember how good they were.

                                                                                                  1. re: fplummer

                                                                                                    Im from Albany, GA. Im not being bias, but Jimmies' HotDogs in Albany is God's second gift to man. When u bite into one of those "little taste of heaven" they melt in your mouth and dance on your tongue and soothes your soul. I now live in Atl and tried the Varsity's chilli dog and it does not come a mile close. I took a friend of mine there a few years back who is from Detroit and he talks my ear off about Jimmie's til this day. This place is still standing the test of time. If you are reading this post get to Albany now and experience what the hotdog is suppose to taste like.

                                                                                                  2. Little Red Caboose - Winston Salem, NC
                                                                                                    Trolley Stop - Boone, NC
                                                                                                    Dairy-O, King, NC
                                                                                                    Pulliam's Hot Dog's - Winston-Salem, NC
                                                                                                    PB's - Winston-Salem, NC
                                                                                                    Surprislingly Wilco-Hess Gas Stations - NC

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                                                                                                    1. re: demondeac99

                                                                                                      Well, deamondeac99, you're obviously from WS, so I can't believe you overlooked Skippy's, now in downtown Wiinston-Salem, moved from Hanes Mall blvd - kosher dogs, fried on a griddle, and served on a pretzel bun - by far the best in WS

                                                                                                      1. re: LennyC

                                                                                                        skippy's is pretty good though the pretzel bun may be to good. In many ways it almost competes
                                                                                                        with the dog.

                                                                                                    2. I have to recommend Cloos' Coney Island in Raleigh, NC. They are IN the South, but not FROM the South, but I certainly don't hold that against them. Soft buns, snappy dogs and the best chili I've found. Love their fries too! They beat the pants off of both Char-grill and Snoopy's.

                                                                                                      1. Chili halfsmokes at Weenie Beenie, Arlington VA.

                                                                                                        http://www.washingtoncitypaper.com/di...

                                                                                                        I don't consider Ben's Chili Bowl in DC "Southern."

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                                                                                                        1. re: monkeyrotica

                                                                                                          Why? It's south of the Mason-Dixon line!

                                                                                                        2. "Le Hot Dog" at Fast & French, Broad St, Charleston. Hot Dog on a baguette.

                                                                                                          1. Sandy's in Columbia, S.C. They have other locations in the area. The super slaw dog is the way to go.

                                                                                                            1. I used to love Snoopy's. And Yum-Yum's is awesome, too, especially in the summer so you can enjoy a fresh milkshake afterwards. Another good place in the Triad is Bill & Leah's in Kernersville. They dip their buns in butter and toast them on the grill before filling it with the hotdog and toppings.

                                                                                                              1. Steve's Famous Hot Dogs, 3305 Brandon Ave. SW, Roanoke, VA, 540-345-2444. I'm a native Atlantan and these are as close to the Varsity as I've found outside of Georgia!

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                                                                                                                1. re: debbiejp

                                                                                                                  Pulliam's in Winston Salem, NC
                                                                                                                  Hap's in Salisbury, NC
                                                                                                                  American Legion Post, Greensboro, NC (only on Saturday)
                                                                                                                  Flight Line Kitchen, Any USAF base in the World

                                                                                                                  1. re: chickenskin

                                                                                                                    Green's Lunch in Charlotte, NC

                                                                                                                2. Hot Weiners in Raleigh, NC!! Combines an old-style lunch counter with a great Carolina-style hot dog. They are split down the middle and fried on the griddle (and there is no ketchup in the building).

                                                                                                                  1. Dew Drop Inn - Mobile, Alabama

                                                                                                                    1. haps grill in salisbury (mentioned a couple of times here) are absolutely the best anywhere. the chili is amazing. pair it up with a bottle of cheerwine (in the glass bottle, made with real sugar) and a chili-cheeseburger, and holy crap its amazing. the dogs appear to be pork and have an excellent flavor and snap, thanks to the excellent skills of the guy behind the grill. they also have little bottles of chili-vinegar that add some spice to the bun as well.

                                                                                                                      i am from salisbury but live in dc. i make sure to stop by there on my way back from seeing the 'rents, and after the 6-8 hour drive back to arlington, and several handwashings, my fingers still smell like the dogs. they're that flavorful.

                                                                                                                      cloo's coney island in raleigh, near NC state is awesome as well. great chicago dogs, kraut dogs, and cheap beer. love it.

                                                                                                                      pretty much any nc-style bbq restaurant is going to have a good chili dog. and you can find some great super-red dogs at just about any country store on the two-lane highways.

                                                                                                                       
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                                                                                                                      1. re: kneelconqueso

                                                                                                                        oops, i totally forgot to mention snoopy's in raleigh. the dogs are better than char-grill, although i think char-grill has the better burger.

                                                                                                                        avoid the shake at the char-grill by the way. its just ice-cream in a cup. you'll kill yourself trying to suck it down.

                                                                                                                      2. I mentioned this place in another post, but Anthony's One-Stop offers you a "chipdawg," which is a hotdog on a steamed bun with ketchup, mustard, mayo, onions. It is then slathered in chipped BBQ pork (the best I've had).

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                                                                                                                        1. re: college town cook

                                                                                                                          all of these are great,,,,,,,just remeber to go somewhere tomorrow and eat a hot dog,,Its National Hot Dog Day!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

                                                                                                                          1. re: orzobino

                                                                                                                            Roast Grill in raleigh is as good as any

                                                                                                                             
                                                                                                                            1. re: blewgo

                                                                                                                              It's not as good, its better. Yum yum yum!

                                                                                                                          2. re: college town cook

                                                                                                                            Where's Anthony's located?

                                                                                                                          3. I've eaten at several of the North Carolina locations mentioned here. I'd much rather go to Millie's in Smithfield (it's just a walk-up window and serves other items besides hotdogs) than Dick's in Wilson. Dick's is a celebrity joint---if it were an Italian restaurant, it would have a signed Frank Sinatra photo---but the dogs, and the atmosphere, were not extraordinary.
                                                                                                                            The Roast Grill in Raleigh----is that place downtown where the politicians go? After you use the restroom, you have to come back out into the restaurant to wash your hands, and above the sink they tacked-up obituaries of all the Raleigh luminaries who've eaten there over the years, and then died, at some point.
                                                                                                                            There's a great hole-in-the-wall place in downtown Salisbury where they cook the dogs on the a flattop---haven't seen that one mentioned. Also in Raleigh, there's a place out where Capital Blvd meets 540 (North). It's in a little mall, and serves nothing but hotdog variations. They've got the best dogs in Raleigh, but The Roast Grill is best all-around.
                                                                                                                            There's an old-time soda fountain in Pittsboro (new, but made to look old, and well-done) that has decent hotdogs, fresh lemonade, and fresh orangeade, which they are proud enough of to recommend.
                                                                                                                            Of yeah, there's a good hotdog place in downtown Roanoke too.
                                                                                                                            I see that the place in Salisbury is called Hap's. I'm not sure that the Roanoke location mentioned is the same one. Don't know the name of that one either.

                                                                                                                            1. Gus' Hot Dogs in downtown Birmingham. Mostly stand-up and eat, good quality hot dogs, best chili-slaw dog I've ever had. Also in Birmingham, the historic Pete's Famous downtown (try an artery-clogging "special" with cheese), and Chicago Mike's in Homewood with big kosher beef dogs. Go to www.bhamdining.com and do a search on "hot dog" for more.

                                                                                                                              1. 4 - way - Cartersville, GA

                                                                                                                                1. Yes, to YumYum in G'boro. Billiard Academy in Thomsaville. GA also a yes.
                                                                                                                                  Duke's in Black Mountain....on old 70, kind of a Santa Fe feel for a roadhouse walk-up.
                                                                                                                                  Awesome dogs "all the way" with chili, onions, mustard. They've got other stuff, but I've never tried it. The owner is worth a look...very easy on the eyes.

                                                                                                                                  1. Snoopy's-Raleigh, NC
                                                                                                                                    Speedy Chef-Elkin, NC

                                                                                                                                    1. Choppedonion, you must and I mean MUST try Billard Academy in Thomasville Georgia, the One Eleven Grill in Madison Florida, and may-be even a Jim and Milt's at the Paradise in Tallanasty. Also, on your way you could stop in Albany Georgia and try a Jimmy's too!

                                                                                                                                      1. Mickeys Hot Dogs in Buford, GA should be added to your list. For Georgia places, I place them just behind Nu-Way's and ahead of the Varsity.

                                                                                                                                        1. Excellent! Thanks for all of the places.

                                                                                                                                          -Choppedonion.com

                                                                                                                                          1. These two establishments Melvins & Cains grill have been going at it for year's in Bladen Co. NC. Both serve great burgers but I believe Melvins to have the better dog(but you cant go wrong either way IMHO). They both serve the "classic Carolina" dog a red dog with southern style chopped cole-slaw, onions and with mustard and chili. Melvis has since branched out and is under new ownership. Cains is still located on Hwy 53.
                                                                                                                                            Cains Grill: 10120 Nc Highway 53 W, White Oak, NC
                                                                                                                                            Melvins locations http://www.melvinshamburgers.com/inde...

                                                                                                                                            1. I'll put in another vote for Jack's Cosmic Dog in Mt. Pleasant. Beef dogs, excellent fries and draft root beer...what's not to love? Plus, the place is super kitschy and I dig that.

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                                                                                                                                              1. re: boyleschris

                                                                                                                                                I'll put my vote in as well. Wonderful place for a dog. You can't beat it!

                                                                                                                                              2. Wrightsville Beach - the Trolley Stop -Carolina Dog

                                                                                                                                                1. Not a whole lot else to see in town, but

                                                                                                                                                  Ward's Grill in Whiteville, NC

                                                                                                                                                  has been making the best dogs I've ever tasted for at least 25 years.

                                                                                                                                                  1. Skin's Hotdog's in Anderson and Easley, S.C. should make any top 10 list. Skins has also been featured in many national publications. The original Skins had it's origins in a small grocery store in Anderson, S.C. where the hotdog became the textile workers meal of choice back when cotton was king.

                                                                                                                                                    1. The all-the-way dog at Tanner's on Broughton Street in downtown Savannah.

                                                                                                                                                      1. Barker's Red Hots Marietta, GA

                                                                                                                                                        Hot dogs are cooked over charcoal grill, crinkle cut fries misted w/vinegar are great and staff is always friendly when I've been there.

                                                                                                                                                        http://barkersredhots.com/index.html

                                                                                                                                                        1. Chris' Hot Dogs in Downtown Montgomery, AL has some of the best hot dogs I've ever had. It's a favorite of the AL state legislators (don't let that deter you), and I could just drink their sauce! It's been open for something like 80 years, and the decor is a time warp.

                                                                                                                                                          1. Another place I discovered recently is Easy Dogs in Gretna, LA. They even offer tofu dogs w/ veggie chili, but their regular dogs are supposed to be good, too.

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                                                                                                                                                            1. re: hellsbelles

                                                                                                                                                              These are all excellent! Thank you very much!
                                                                                                                                                              www.choppedonion.com

                                                                                                                                                            2. Sandy's--Columbia SC.
                                                                                                                                                              Skoogie's--Mt. Pleasant, SC.

                                                                                                                                                              ...apologies to ATL stalwarts: I've eaten at the Varsity several times (original location, Varsity Jr, and the one in Athens). It may be a tradition, but the dogs are, at best, mediocre. Decent onion rings, though.

                                                                                                                                                              1. Barkers Red Hots are the Best!!

                                                                                                                                                                A unique charcoal-broiling process, a premium quality hot dog and a love for a "dog done right" are the ingredients for the success enjoyed by the Barkers team since 1984. Glenn Robins and his wife Vivian began their hot dog business as the City of Atlanta’s first licensed street vending operation. They started in the Woodruff Park area of downtown Atlanta that year and the Barkers Phenomenon has been amazing them ever since.

                                                                                                                                                                The premium quality hot dogs and sausages are made exclusively for Barkers by a fifth generation family-owned and operated sausage maker who has been in business since 1869. The hot dogs & sausages are scored while slow cooking over hot coals yielding a slightly crunchy, unique flavor that over the years has kept Atlanta waiting patiently in line. Indeed, "its worth the wait" was more than a slogan at the Barkers carts. Top your dog with Barkers Famous Hot Sauce, an order of their Famous Crinkle Cut Beach Fries washed in vinegar and an Ice Cold Crystal Beach Loganberry and the lunch hour could not be more perfect!

                                                                                                                                                                Consistency in preparation and a quality product have brought rave reviews from every local publication and many national ones too, including the Atlanta Journal and Constitution, Atlanta Business Chronicle, The New York Times and Condé Nast Traveler.

                                                                                                                                                                The Robins sold their vending business in 1995 because of all all the problems asscociated with vending in the City of Atlanta. They are now back after 12 years in Marietta Georgia on Windy Hill Road and Powers Ferry Rd.

                                                                                                                                                                The decor is cool and the staff is great!! Check them out they are the best dogs around!!!!!!!!!!!!!

                                                                                                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                                                 
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                                                                                                                                                                1. re: gwhz

                                                                                                                                                                  BTT
                                                                                                                                                                  There is another thread like this one that has some of the same places, but it is worth keeping this one alive

                                                                                                                                                                2. I'm disappointed that no one has mentioned Hot Diggity Dogs in Nashville. It hasn't been around very long but has completely won the hearts of Nashvillians... Layla and Gayle, the proprietors, are charming and welcoming and will yell at you if you take too much time ordering. The Nashville Dog is homemade slaw, onions and mustard; they also offer a Chicago-style, Texas (chili and cheese), Boston (baked beans and cheese), even a California-style, served on a lettuce leaf instead of a bun. Grilled or steamed, your choice. Makes my mouth water just to think of it. And don't skip the fries!

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                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: delaneymae

                                                                                                                                                                    Mrs Stories Dairy Barn in Opelika, AL.
                                                                                                                                                                    Have them saved as a favorite in my GPS!
                                                                                                                                                                    The footlong chillie dog are the best!

                                                                                                                                                                  2. No hot dog list is complete without Pete's Famous in Birmingham, Alabama. (Do not confuse with Sneaky Pete's).

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                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: Mips

                                                                                                                                                                      I recently got to Pete's Famous. Thanks for all the great places.
                                                                                                                                                                      www.choppedonion.com

                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: Choppedonion

                                                                                                                                                                        Yeah for Pete's!!! The special dog is my absolute favorite. Besides, it's fun to hang out at the counter and chat with Gus. If you want to learn more about Gus and Pete's, he was included in the Southern Foodways Alliance's Oral History project on Birmingham Greeks. You can check it out at http://southernfoodways.com/oral_hist....

                                                                                                                                                                    2. Jack's Cosmic Dogs, Mt Pleasant, SC - good veggie options too! (and a nehi to drink with it!)

                                                                                                                                                                      1. snoopy's hotdogs-several locations in Raleigh

                                                                                                                                                                        1. A little far north for this post, but have to mention Anne's Dairy Creme in Glen Burnie, Md. try a foot long with everything! It is a hole in the wall, but always packed. The women behind that counter can take your order for many dogs and don't have to ask twice. Maybe it is the roll, but these are great! Isn't it the whole experience that counts?

                                                                                                                                                                          1. Skeeters in Wytheville, Va.

                                                                                                                                                                            Simple bun and dog with cheese whiz, mustard, onion, chili and creamy slaw. "The Works" as it's called.

                                                                                                                                                                            They say they're the best dogs in the world and while I wouldn't go that far it sure was a tasty dog. Mrs. Sippi and I we're very pleased.

                                                                                                                                                                            The place is a classic too. Small town lunch counter, wood floors, wood cabinets, rotary phone on the wall. It was great.

                                                                                                                                                                            DT

                                                                                                                                                                            1. Can't believe no one has mentioned "Zestos" in Atlanta! Unquestionably the BEST in the city. Hit the one on Ponce de Leon for sure! Order the "chili dog basket" with cole slaw on the side. Grease up to your elbows, but a definite winner!

                                                                                                                                                                              1. Famous Uncle Al's in Virginia Beach is the real deal and just off the beach on Shore Drive. Also, Hot Dog King on Jefferson Ave. in Newport News (dont confuse with HDK #2) makes a great foot long chili dog.Grampy's around the corner in Newport News also has good southern style (NC) dogs and a lot other outstanding home cooking.

                                                                                                                                                                                1. Gotta pimp my fave place--
                                                                                                                                                                                  Monroe's in downtown Americus GA

                                                                                                                                                                                  1. The surfer dog at Trolly Stop (no "e") with locations in Wilmington, Wrightsville Beach, Carolina Beach and Boone, NC.

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                                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: joshuahmel

                                                                                                                                                                                      As for Boone, also don't forget the Hot Dog Mountain Style (HDMS): extra large wiener, grilled and topped with sauerkraut and mustard on a hoagie.

                                                                                                                                                                                    2. One of the best places around Columbia, SC is Mr. Mustards. They serve Nathan's hotdogs and have some of the best slaw and chili around.

                                                                                                                                                                                      7210 Broad River Road
                                                                                                                                                                                      Columbia, SC 29063

                                                                                                                                                                                      1. Try Bill and Leah's in Kernersville, NC. All the way they're the best I've ever had.

                                                                                                                                                                                        1. Charlie Joseph's in LaGrange, GA. I grew up with The Varsity, and CJ's put them to shame. It is like a little alley with the kitchen in the middle. There are counters on either side of the kitchen. My wife is from LaGrange and I have been going there for 7 years now. They are always as friendly as can be.

                                                                                                                                                                                          I'm a fancy-pants, so I like my dog dressed up. They have a homemade spicy tomato relish there that is unbelievable. We typically buy some and take it back to Atlanta with us. Aside from this, you have your typical chili/cheese/coleslaw fare.

                                                                                                                                                                                          I'm astonished that Charlie Joseph's hasn't been mentioned in this thread, yet. So astonished that I signed up for this message board and posted for my first time.

                                                                                                                                                                                          For good measure, though, Alice Cooper's restaurant in Phoenix, AZ has a two foot long dog that has jalepenos all over it. I have no opinion on it, but it exists.

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                                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: GrumbleGrumble

                                                                                                                                                                                            Agreed! I grew up in LaGrange and have eaten at CJ's my entire life. I used to live on the chili cheese dogs and cheeseburgers, until i tried the Spicy Tomato Relish Dog about four years ago... now its the only thing i get. When i come home from college i will go eat there everyday i am home. Its spicy, delicious, and steamed to perfection. Honestly the best dog ive ever eaten. Nu-way, Varsity, 4-way.... nothing compares! Hard to compete with a tradtion that started back in 1920.

                                                                                                                                                                                          2. My favorite is Brandi's Famous Hot Dogs- Cartersville Georgia and Marietta Georgia
                                                                                                                                                                                            *the chili dog is to die for, the chili is hot*
                                                                                                                                                                                            The Varsity-Atlanta
                                                                                                                                                                                            Nu-Way-Macon Georgia*has been there 1916

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                                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: womenluvtofish

                                                                                                                                                                                              We finally made it to Jack's Cosmic Dogs in Mt. Pleasant, SC on this year's trip to the Charleston area. Their dogs are really good. Lots of dog options, including "make your own", plus quite a few vegetarian options. I had the Cosmic dog, which came with blue cheese coleslaw and sweet potato mustard. Yum!

                                                                                                                                                                                            2. Is Texas Tavern on Choppedonion's list the one in Roanoke, VA?

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                                                                                                                                                                                              1. re: Potomac Bob

                                                                                                                                                                                                OK, how about the dogs at COSTCO? The best deal - less than $2 includes a drink!

                                                                                                                                                                                                1. re: Luv2ski

                                                                                                                                                                                                  A good deal does not a good dog make.

                                                                                                                                                                                                2. re: Potomac Bob

                                                                                                                                                                                                  Yes, the one on the list is the one in Roanoke, VA. www.choppedonion.com

                                                                                                                                                                                                3. I can't believe that no one has mentioned Tony Jr's Hot Dogs in Norfolk, Va. Greek style coney type dog, natural casing, mustard, onions. To me this hot dog is perfection.

                                                                                                                                                                                                  I just arrived in Norfolk, and I plan on eating at least eight per day while I'm here.

                                                                                                                                                                                                  Tony's dad worked for Bacalis Hot Dogs, which was in downtown norfolk back in the 40's and 50's. Then his father opened Tony's on Lafayette Blvd. which for a great many years was a favorite of all of Norfolk.

                                                                                                                                                                                                  Tony Sr. passed away and left the business to the step mother and the product went downhill, fast.

                                                                                                                                                                                                  Tony Jr. bought the lot directly across the street from the original restaurant, and put up a semi-permanent trailer type kitchen, from which he has been replicating his father's wonderful hot dogs for quite a while.

                                                                                                                                                                                                  Teriffic coney/Greek style hot dog. Can't wait.

                                                                                                                                                                                                  Evil Ronnie

                                                                                                                                                                                                  (Located on Lafayette Blvd. between Chesapeake Blvd. and Tidewater Drive.)

                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. Here's one who hasn't been mentioned, Ken's Grill in LaGrange, NC. Ken's is best known for its BBQ on Wednesdays and Saturdays, great burgers, and of course, Carolina Packer hotdogs. If they're not Carolina Packer, I don't want 'em. Can't beat a red dog!

                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. another vote for Nu-Way in Macon, GA. I had the good fortune of growing up there, and I miss them now that I'm gone. I'd still "go a long way for a Nu-Way" as the saying goes!

                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. What actually defines a "Southern" hot dog is basically the combo of "mustard-chili-slaw- and onions" which is not available higher than mid-Virginia as far as I can tell. In the Triangle, the go-to spot is the Dog House- yes- red weiners and all- but the Bull Dog - OMG- is it greasy? Hell Yeah it's greasy! and Oh So Gooood! No whiners please! I'd also put a pitch in for Millie's in Smithfeild- love the Millie Dog! Those are really "Southern" hotdogs!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: lucyjane444

                                                                                                                                                                                                          Oh, I beg to differ! Our go-to spot is the Roast Grill in downtown Raleigh. It has been mentioned elsewhere in tihs thread, so I won't go into detail here. I've tried LOTS of Southern hot dogs in my 53 years. Roast Grill is the one for me - grilled "dark,"

                                                                                                                                                                                                        2. Definitely Skeeters in Wytheville Va. Ambience and great food.. above all.. really great price!! Old-time feel and great staff! Great History in this place!

                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. El's Drive-in located in Morehead City, NC has been there over 50 years. The joint can't be much larger than 30X30 with bathrooms around back. A server comes out to your car for your order, and then brings out the dogs in a brown bag. You can tell they are good by the grease stains coming through the bag. The hot dogs there are great.......with mustard, onions, chili, and slaw..... that sweet white slaw. My wife, the health food nut, says that it is a good thing that El's is next to the hospital, so I won't have far to go if I have a heart attack eating there. It's easier to enjoy the dogs if I leave her at home. Their hand pattied hamburgers are good too.

                                                                                                                                                                                                            1. My opinion of three places I've seen listed that I have experience with.

                                                                                                                                                                                                              1) Paul's Place - Rocky Point, NC: I'd heard about it for years from my parents and finally got a couple a few years back. Wasn't exactly impressed. Good dog, but not one for the "best of" list. I think this place has more of a nostalgia to it by the people who have stopped there for years on their way to and from the coast.

                                                                                                                                                                                                              2) Jack's Cosmic Dog - Mt. Pleasant, SC: After passing by this place nearly 100 times in the last three years I finally stopped just this past weekend. REALLY good dogs with tons of house original combinations. The spicy mustard is a good condiment. Nice shoestring fries. The blue cheese slaw is not something I'd EVER try again. I'm sure they wanted something unique with the slaw...they got it. Serving a hot dog in a sub roll is an interesting concept. A good dog and I'll certainly be eating there often when I move to the area in the weeks to come.

                                                                                                                                                                                                              3) JS Pulliam - Winston Salem, NC: On a recent scheduled trip to Winston I did a Google search for local BBQ joints. One that I came up with was Pulliam's. Most of the reviews I read of the place mentioned the hot dogs moreso than the Q. The day I stopped by I got a BBQ sandwich (always PORK here in NC) and a hot dog. I went and sat in the car to eat my meal. I ate the pork sandwich and wondered what I had just ingested...the BBQ at Pulliam's isn't a recommendation. The stuff was horrid. I then dove into hotdog. It was a very simple thing really...a red skinned pork hot dog in a standard bun with standard "southern" toppings (slaw, chili, & mustard). The major difference with this dog was how the bun is prepared. The top of the bun (the split top where the dog is to be placed) is dipped in butter and toasted on the flat top. The top, outer portion of the bun was buttery & crisp. This has to be the absolute BEST hotdog I've ever had in my life. When I finished I went straight back in and got another. I grew up on red hot dogs and I understand some people don't like them. Pulliam's offers simple food, but boy is it worth the trip.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                              1. re: JayL

                                                                                                                                                                                                                The entire Charleston area seems obsessed with "blue cheese cole slaw". What a disgusting way to ruin good cole slaw.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                1. re: uptown jimmy

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  LOL!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  I on the other hand LOVE blue cheese slaw!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Agree Jack's Cosmic Dogs are pretty darn good. I just wish he'd serve beer.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: BlueHerons

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    I too love the Blue cheese slaw.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: LaLa

                                                                                                                                                                                                                      I third the love for Blue Cheese Coleslaw.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                      A friend has dubbed me The Cole Slaw Goddess because of my version.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  2. re: uptown jimmy

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    I'm with JayL and uptown jimmy on the blue cheese slaw. I wish this trend would go away. Adding blue cheese to slaw eliminates everything I like in a good slaw, turning what should be a light, refreshing condiment or side dish into something heavy, rich, and cloying. Ugh.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Thankfully, Jack's has "normal" slaw as well, or at least they did last time I visited. The sub roll thing must be new development. I don't remember that. Of course, I've avoided the place since the bun of my last dog there fell apart upon first bite. A sub roll sounds like an improvement.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: Low Country Jon

                                                                                                                                                                                                                      I agree that some can be heavy and gloppy. I have the recipe from The Boathouse and think it falls in the gloppy category.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                      My recipe, however, does not.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                      *grin*

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  3. re: JayL

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Skippy's in downtown W-S blows Pulliam's away, IMO. It's not even close.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: brentk

                                                                                                                                                                                                                      skippy is excellent. I think pulliams serves the lil red dogs which I have never been a fan of so I have not tried pulliams.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                      If you want a good carolina dog try cookout. A chain I know but a local one.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: quazi

                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Pulliam's does indeed serve the lil red dogs. To those of us that grew up in North Carolina eating hot dogs of this "genre" they are really good.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Many people have an aversion to the red dogs.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  4. Personally, I like Bill's Hot Dogs in [Little] Washington, NC. I used to like the Carolina dog served at King's in Durham, NC, but alas they closed down awhile ago. The Riverside in Hillsborough, NC, utilizes the chili recipe for an old hot dog place that was in downtown Durham (Amos & Andy's), and Bob Garner (of bbq and NC foodie fame) gave their hot dog a good review awhile back.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: Rand

                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Anyone been to Dawgs in Greer, SC (basically Greenville)? Had a few good dogs there once.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    2. Rivals hot Dogs Loganville Ga . All original recipes for homemade chili an awesome pink slaw handcut fries two size dogs a 1/4 pounder and a normal size as well all beef kosher and steamed or deepfried . Yummy

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                      4763 Atlanta hwy suite 320, Loganville, GA 30052

                                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. Dew Drop Inn-- Mobile, AL. My great grandfather opened this restaurant many many years ago and reportedly "introduced the hot dog to Mobile". Best hot dog...among other things...ever!!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. Hot Dog King in Hendersonville NC

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: Texaswiener

                                                                                                                                                                                                                            @Texaswiener

                                                                                                                                                                                                                            It doesn't look that it's open yet. How do you know it's the best?

                                                                                                                                                                                                                          2. Brandi's World Famous Hot dogs (Marietta GA, & Cartersville GA)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Nu-Way (Macon GA)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                            1. Hot Dog World in Hendersonville, NC

                                                                                                                                                                                                                              1. Jesse Nuckles Hot Dogs in Greensboro, NC!
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Jesse was my father and operated a barbecue restaurant from 1930 to 1995. He was noted for his BBQ, Hot Dogs and Chicken/Gravy sandwiches.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                His slaw was vinegar based, actually just vinegar/mildly diluted with water and a salt. It complemented the hot dogs and BBQ.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                He had a long-time customer that would order a hot dog all the way (mustard, slaw and onions) and instead of his awesome chili....(secret) the customer always requested a spoon of chicken gravy. We called this hot dog after the customer...A Hawkes Dog. Every friday night, he would call in an exorbitantly large order of these "Hawkes Dogs" for his workers....at a local plant. The "Hawkes Dog" caught on....to some, others still preferred the Nuckles-Style chili....
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Some of Nuckles' famous customers have been Billy "Crash" Craddock, George Lindsey, and Elvis Presley who frequented Jesse's in the late 50s.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                1. re: djnuckles

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Hi. Where was this place in Greensboro? I somehow managed to miss it!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                2. Brandi's World Famous Hot Dogs Marietta Georgia.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Hot spicy chili on a hot steamedbun.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Chili Slaw dog awsome to.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. Sneaky Pete's in Birmingham, AL

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. Charlie Joseph's in downtown Lagrange, GA is a definite addition to the list. The jalepeno tomato chutney dog is absolutely phenomenal.....A must try!!!!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: whenry33

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Hot Dog Eating In Rural Kentucky

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        http://www.dailyyonder.com/hot-dog-li...

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: scrumptiouschef

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Always liked The Varsity in Atlanta and Athens, but the best hotdog I've had is from Robo's Drive-In near Pound, Virginia, in the extreme southwestern corner of the state. Same recipe since the early 1960's....

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      2. I must recommend the best mustard ever for hot dogs--Stadium Mustard. Anyone who has lived in Cleveland, OH, or gone to a professional sports event there will agree.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        A testimonial from their web site: In a pictorial story about Cleveland, FORTUNE MAGAZINE writes about the Cleveland Stadium: "Where Browns and Indians play, but never together. Dawgs howl, the crowd roars, and Stadium Mustard is the world's best."

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        http://www.stadiummustard.com/

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. can't mention it enough Bills Hotdogs in washington, NC rock

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: countgrog

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Totally agree about Bill's in "Little Washington". First ate them in the 60's as I grew up there and always try to have a few when I return to visit my mom. They haven't changed a bit, but the price has risen from 15 cents to just under a dollar as of a couple months ago.....and worth every penny! Darn I feel a road trip coming on!!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          2. If you want a real southern hot dog - and by that I mean a red dog, toasted bun with chili, slaw and mustard -- Pulliams (W-S) is the place. I grew up eating those dogs and hadn't had one in 10 years. Went back there a week or two again - still the heavenly goodness I remembered. I also love the fact that when you go, you see a few things each time - people in their cars in the parking lot pigging out - and the look on the face of someone who has never had one before and it's the look of surprise, pleasure and shock. One guy said to me, "I've been living here for 10 years - why didn't someone tell me sooner?" Pulliams has ruined me. I know there are other places with good dogs, but they're not Pulliams.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Also, don't waste your time getting a hot dog at cookout - you can make those hot dogs at your house- cookout = shakes and burgers - not dogs.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: fatboyfoodie

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              i think this is just the dividing line between red weenie and brown. for those in winston who like red try pulliams or kermits personally I can't stomach those. If you like a brown one go to chars and cook out and get it with mustard chili and slaw.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Coupla places I have not tried or do not remember are red caboose and the peanut house

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              1. re: fatboyfoodie

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                I grew up on red hot dogs (albeit in the eastern part of NC)...and Pulliam's is the best I've ever paid for...bar none.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                1. re: fatboyfoodie

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Pulliam's has to be one of the best. When I lived in W-S 15 years ago, it became a weekly pilgrimage. Having moved to Raleigh since then, we still drive there once a month for their hotdogs.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  When we buy at the grocery store, we usually get Steven's Hot Dogs, and make our own chili.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  I too, grew up on the red hot dogs. Carolina Packers Bright Leaf, and Steven's. Steven's tend to be not quite as spice as Bright Leaf, but both are great dogs.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                2. First I'd like to know what makes a hotdog great and second define Southern Hotdog (is this with chili and slaw and other specific toppings) or just the region?

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: burgeoningfoodie

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    The taste is what makes it great. A typical "southern" hotdog is a red, caseless dog, with slaw as a topping, but never ketchup. Mustard. chili, slaw and onions are the most frequent toppings. The red, caseless dog and the slaw are the hallmarks of its regional nature.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: bbqdawg

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Well then where did ketchup start? Cause they don't do it up North.. they don't do it in chicago.. the only place I've even seen it offered is down here.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Is the red still from dye? I mean I eat hot dogs regardless although sometimes you can't taste them underneath all the stuff thats on them. I can't tell you if I've had a favorite dog, but I do enjoy getting out to $1 at the ballpark.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: burgeoningfoodie

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        From Wikipedia: (Looks like ketchup is a midwestern thing)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        In the US, the National Sausage and Hot Dog Council conducted a poll in 2005, which found mustard to be the most popular condiment (32 percent). "Twenty-three percent of Americans said they preferred ketchup....Chili (chili con carne) came in third at 17 percent, followed by relish (9 percent) and onions (7 percent). Southerners showed the strongest preference for chili, while Midwesterners showed the greatest affinity for ketchup.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: bbqdawg

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Interesting. Mustard makes sense as mustard is the preferred condiments with most sausages and more hearty meats (pastrami and such). Surprised that chili wasn't above ketchup. I can't say I've had a true southern dog (as far as toppings go) as I'm not that fond of slaw or mayo (for shame I know).

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    2. re: burgeoningfoodie

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      This Southern girl takes ketchup, Tabasco and onions. Never heard of slaw on a dog until I moved to the West Coast - but it's probably good. I know it works with BBQ.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    3. I don't think that "Doug's Hot Dogs" in Ocean View in Norfolk has been mentioned. Stopped there two days ago (to make sure they were still there) and had two Hormels with natural casings with mustard, onions, and chili. Good as ever. Doug's Hot Dogs has been there since 1972, the sign said. It's a small family-run place about a block back from the beach.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. On the Outer Banks of NC, there's Capt. Franks near Kitty Hawk.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        If you are ever in the Shenandoah Valley of VA, there a place in Harrisonburg called Jess' Quick Lunch. Worth the stop; especially if you go to the downtown location for the atmosphere.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Tony's in Norfolk, VA is where my grandmother took me as a youngster, so it's been around for a long time.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. Bumping this back up for discussion but in my travels
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. Bills Hot Dogs - Washington, NC
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          2. Dicks - Wilson, NC
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          3. The Roast Grill - Raleigh, NC
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          4. Shorty's - Wake Forest, NC
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          5. Snoopy's

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: countgrog

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            potts in ft. myers florida ranks up there with Varsity, all of the lexington hot dog stands, stameys, trolley stop, etc.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          2. Jones' Hot Dogs on Main St in Clayton NC (15 miles east of Raleigh). I went in the early 60s as a teen and it still serves great dogs with chili.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            1. SCOOPS in Sanford, NC. Best hotdogs & service ever! They are always busy, people come from all around. All they sell is hotdogs, sweet tea, soda & chips- cant beat it! They get a 5 out of 5 stars! Try them!!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               
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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              1. re: the6ofUs

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                My mother owns Scoops in Sanford NC, and has owned it for about 25 years now. I absolutely HATE hotdogs, so what I'm about to say is un-biased. :)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Everyone talks about Scoops having the best hotdogs in the state...some have said best in the country. She was recently voted best hot dogs in Lee County by the Sanford Herald.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                She also serves sausage dogs.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Years ago, it was a Ice Cream stand that also happened to serve hot dogs. She (my mother) turned it into a hot dog stand that also served ice cream, bbq sandwiches, fries, biscuits, and various other things over the years. She grew tired of serving so much, so just streamlined it to hotdogs, sausage dogs, chips, and sodas.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                1. re: TRaGiK

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  It can't be biased if all you're doing is citing facts.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: TRaGiK

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    I'm curious as to what brand of hot dog is served at Scoops. Do you know? Is it all beef or mixed meat? Casing or skinless?

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: hotdoglover

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Mixed, Red Neon weiner lke Carolina Pride or Curtis.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      No casing.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Great Southern Chili Dog!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                2. If you are in NC go to Asheboro. There is a BP gas station that has a little joint inside. It is on Fayettville St. and has one of the best hotdogs I have ever had. I now live close to Raleigh and of course I eat at the roast grille. I'm in Nashville for the summer and I'm determined to find the best hotdog here before I leave if you have any suggestions let me know.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: tommytate14

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Place is Short Stop II
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    1707 S. Fayetteville Street
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Asheboro, NC

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    There's a Short Stop I on E. Dixie Drive, same kinda dog.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  2. Pulliam's in Winston-Salem gets a lot of press as does Jack's Cosmic Dog in Mt Pleasant, SC. I have eaten at both and both are very good. But the very best hot dog I have ever eaten is at Kermit's Hot Dog House at 2220 Thomasville Road in W-S. Kermit's opened in the mid-60s and I first ate them while in high school. I now live near Mt Pleasant, SC but whenever I am in Winston or Greensboro, I will drive to Kermits for the footlong hot dog. Red hotdog, toasted bun, great slaw, onions and chili. For a real treat get the cheese dog with the creamiest, lightest pimento cheese you have ever tasted and make it all the way. My mouth waters at the thought. I may have to drive to Winston

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: dexterdog15

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Melvin's in Elizabethtown serve fabulous burgers and dogs.....I grew up there.....so good you would eat them for breakfast!!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: mgooden

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        I had a pretty good hotdog this past weekend at RJ's Place in Fuquay Varina. Lived there 11 years on l been thre once for ice cream and that was forgettable. The hotdog on the other hand was very good. Its a red hot dog but the chili is decent and onions are good. Price was only 99cents and they were lived up buying them, some getting 8, 10 12 of them.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: countgrog

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Trolly Stop, Wrightsville Beach NC - a true landmark and awesome hotdog stand. Too many different kind of dogs to list. The Carlina is my favorite.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      2. re: dexterdog15

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Pulliam's is a simple, down-to-earth good hot dog with no pretense.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Jack's is where you go if you want a bunch of shit on your hot dog.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        If I were in Winston, I'd go to Pulliam's first thing and get two dogs. I'd also try Kermit's at your suggestion.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        I also live in MtP...and I haven't been to Jack's in over 4 years.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      3. Cj's Hotdogs in McDonough Ga - has the best hotdogs - w/ homemade chili & slaw. Butter and toast the buns. They also have a 1/2 lb of black angus beef called the "Big Dawg" Awesome!!!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. Lemmie offer up Tater's n Dawgs in Hazel Green (just north of Huntsville) Alabama. Terrific dogs, dog chili and awesome burgers.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. Sneaky Pete's Hot Dogs in Birmingham, AL and Griffin's Hot Dogs in Chattanooga, TN

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            1. Pauls Place Famous Hot Dogs
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              11725 US Hwy 117 S
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Rocky Point, NC 28457
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              (910) 675-2345

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              1. re: hypersnyper

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Been, done it, not impressed.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                1. re: hypersnyper

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Love Paul's Place! Great dogs with a delicious, unusual relish.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: carolinadawg

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    AMEN! Impossible to find a better hot dog than Paul's Place. A close second is Ma's Hot Dog House in Kinston, NC.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                2. Provision Company in Southport, NC has great dogs. I almost always get the grilled tuna sandwich, but tried the dog today. Unlike most southern dogs, it has a casing rather than the skinless red wieners that are so prevalent. Great homemade chili and a buttered, toasted bun. Outstanding.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    2515 Hwy 258 South
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Kinston, North Carolina 28504
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    (252) 527-0511

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. Here in NC nearly everyone loves Bright Leaf weenies. I hate them. Anyone have an opinion one way or the other?

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       
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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: hypersnyper

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Love 'em...favorite way to indulge is pop them in a toaster oven and get them AT LEAST 50% BLACK. Then they are perfecto!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: hypersnyper

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Never even heard of them. What stores carry them?

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: Leepa

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            More common in the eastern part of NC where most Food Lions and Wal-Marts carry them...

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            http://carolinapackers.com/where-to-b...

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Curtis Packing in Greensboro makes a very similar "red" dog that is more widely available western NC.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: carolinadawg

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Interesting. I'll look for them, thanks.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          2. re: hypersnyper

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            The official Hot Dog of the Durham Bulls. That doesn't mean I like them.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          3. You have to be kidding me. You left out Jimmie'so in Albany, Ga.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            1. Just noticed this interesting summer "contest" in Winston Salem called Tour De Frank .Invites you to tour Forsyth county hot dog places and post a photo to instagram. Wish I saw this earlier, I've been to three of these in the past week

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              1. Low Country Produce in Beaufort SC has a great hotdog called Frank's Furter. It's your basic dog but they put a weird combination of their own artichoke relish and strawberry pepper jam on it.