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May 1, 2007 10:39 AM

Hot Dog in NOVA

It used to be that Joe's Dog House in old town Herndon is our regular summer spot. Good food, casual surrounding, and cheap. I recently found out that they have closed. Does anyone know of another similar type of place for Fairfax county or Loudoun county?

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  1. Hot dog in NOVA leads me quickly to the Vienna Inn on Maple. As for good food, casual and cheap in Herndon, Jimmy's fits the bill (they have keilbasi).

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    1. re: Dennis S

      Oh, and while I've never had the dogs there, 5 Guys does them.

    2. I think the grilled all beef dogs at Hard Times Cafe are decent. There is a location in Herndon.

      1. Weenie Beenie's in Arlington, but still cheap, good, and worth a drive, particularly for the halfsmokes.

        1. For an upscale treat, EatBar sells a homemade hot dog that literally was the size of my 8 year old's forearm for $10 including fries. It was pretty good, but at 10 semolians a pop, it will not be a regular item for most.

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          1. re: dcs

            But, the EatBar dog is a homemade dog complete with homemade castup- so very very good.

            1. re: jpschust

              I'm sorry, but one should never use ketchup on a hot dog, as the hot dog is mustard's domain. EatBar's mustard also appeared homemade and was quite tasty, although it could have used a tad more vinegar or salt. The homemade ketchup was excellent when used in combination with the french fries, where it belongs. ;-)

              1. re: dcs

                Oh I'll agree, but I'm just saying that's how it's served. I had the castup on a corndog, which is a different story.

          2. Del Merei Grille on Mt. Vernon Avenue in the Calvert Plaza serves a hot dog platter that has some connection to a famous hot dog in the VA area. You can check their website for more info. They serve two with accompanying items. I have seen many folks order this in their bar area and they all look really happy.

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            1. re: alexfoodie

              I think it's connected to the Vienna Inn hot dogs. But the Vienna Inn hot dogs aren't that great, but their cheap and it's good beer food for a tavern like the Vienna Inn.

              1. re: rcheng

                I'll second your post, rcheng, about the Vienna Inn. Their chili dogs are OK, but for all I had heard about them, I was expecting something great. They were just, well, OK.

                They are cheap, though.