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Jun 4, 2009 07:10 AM

Hot dog options in Durham/Chapel Hill?

Are there any good options to Dog House? While I like Dog House's chili the quality of the weiners they use is terrible! Where can I go to satisfy my occasional hot dog craving with a good quality hot dog? Please keep suggestions to Durham or Chapel Hill. I won't shlep over to Cary or Raleigh just for hot dogs.

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  1. I believe the NC episode of Man vs Food featured a hot dog place...called The Roast Grill? Maybe in Raleigh, but might be worth the trip since it is so "famous"....

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    1. re: cpilgrim84

      Roast Grill is downtown Raleigh, I take my Daughter there whenever we are downtown, but not sure if it calls for a special trip. There claim to fame are the dark dogs, i.e. burnt.

    2. Neal's Deli has a nice hot dog but no chili (great kraut). Saxapahaw General Store uses Cane Creek's Eliza's franks (not the great ones, but pretty darn good). Every once in a long while the hot bar at Southern Season has a hot dog day. I've seen it maybe 2 or 3x over the years.

      1. Thank you for the responses. I remembered about Neal's Deli after making my post, but I was thinking traditional American style dogs, with chili.

        Based on the few responses, I think this is a good business opportunity.

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        1. re: bbqme

          I feel the same way. I think something like Cats and Dogs in Asheville would do really well on Franklin St.

            1. re: carolinadawg

              Heel yes. They may even have a two hot dog special once or twice a week. I will check with my son for details and report back later.

              1. re: boaviagem

                they do but they suffer from the inferior quality of frank problem that provoked the thread. I'm also not a big fan of their chili.

                Sunrise Biscuit kitchen also serves a hot dog of marginal quality. Ordering it makes you instantly regret not getting a biscuit.

                  1. re: blewgo

                    Yes, Wimpy's serves an excellent chili dog - it is better than their hamburger, which is what most people know them for. Allen & Son BBQ off 86 in CH makes a great dog. Sutton's dogs are just ordinary but I still go there for the pictures and people watching. Byrd's BBQ in Durham also serves a nice dog.

                    1. re: fredb2548

                      Wimpy's chili is peerless in its freshness and flavor. The underlying dog leaves a lot to be desired. If they'd offer an all-beef dog with a little snap to the casing, I'd die happy with chili-stains on my lips and shirt.

                      Historical note: If you trace the pattern of glue dots on the wall near the entrance, you'll see that the Wimpy's building once (originally?) housed a business called Hot Dog King.

              2. re: carolinadawg

                Sutton's hot dog special is on Tuesday and Thursday - two dogs with fries and a drink for about $5. The dogs come with chili, slaw and onions - cheese is extra. I have never had the dogs. I remmeber the fries as being very good.

          1. There used to be a place behind the old Durham Bulls baseball field that was really good. I don't know the name of it off-hand, nor do I know if it's still there, but I remember it being pretty easy to find and being the only thing by the field. If i remember correctly, it's just over the center or right field wall.

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            1. re: wb247

              I know the place you're talking about. It's closed. I had a mean fried bologna sandwich there once. The sausage offerings are slim. There's no local tradition of high quality sausage, as there is in other parts of the country where a lot of Central and Eastern Europeans settled.

              I'd love to see something along the lines of Hot Doug's in Chicago. Check out this menu!


              1. re: wb247

                I believe you're thinking of King's Sandwich Shop. Word on the street is that it's re-opening under new ownership. A new brewery might be just around the corner as well! (Shameless, I know)

                1. re: peetoteeto

                  Paschal's on Parrish Street. I have been told that Wimpy's makes a good hot. There is a good hot dog place in Efland at Exit 160 off I-85. I had 2 Coney Island Dogs from Antonio's today (grilled dogs and steamed buns) Corner of Hwy 98 and Sherron Road. 0.99 dogs on Sundays.

                  1. re: steveindurham3

                    That's only six miles from my house. Thanks for the heads up, I'll give it a try.

                    I used to live about a mile from King's and had their dogs a few times. It was okay but suffered fromt he same problem as the Dog House.

                    I do recall seeing hot dogs on Wimpy's menu but have never tried it.

                    1. re: bbqme

                      Looking at the Antonio's Coney Island web page I'd say it should have good dogs. It's owned by a Greek from Detroit. What better credentials could they have. They also have some interesting Greek dishes on the menu.


                    2. re: steveindurham3

                      I'd second that vote for Paschal's- and get a bowl of beans while your'e there. The place on I-85 is called Missy's Grill. Sure wish someone would open a decent Hot Dog place between Durham and Chapel Hill that serves "all the way".

                      1. re: lucyjane444

                        Definitely will give Paschal's a try. That's a short walk from our new offices at NC Mutual.

                        1. re: bbqme

                          Paschal's is definitely a cool spot and worth checking out. Plus, you can get a taco for dessert from Taqueria La Esperanza.

                          You should also check out L&D Grill, which I think is one of the neatest places in Durham. Review at:

                2. for the best chili dogs you have to drive to Zack's in Burlington. 201 W Davis St, (336) 226-4746. Not only are the hotdogs great, but the experience in the dining room is worth the drive out there.

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                  1. re: superchow

                    I always liked the hot dogs served by the cart in the Home Depot parking lot (near Guess Road and I-85). I think they were Sabrett's. We would go there on Saturdays just for the hot dogs. Now we live in Raleigh, and Roast Grill rules!