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Hot dog options in Durham/Chapel Hill?

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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: http://carpedurham.com/2009/02/06/l-d...

                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!

                    1. re: burgeoningfoodie

                      The tacqueria with the cow on the roof (I think it's called vacqueria) makes a killer bacon wrapped dog topped with everything under the sun. It's crunchy, spicy (jalapenos) and highly addictive.

                      1. re: veganhater

                        la vaquita does this? might have to stray from my usual order...

                        1. re: cervisiam

                          Well worth the stray. If you're in the mood for a hot dog, don't even order Mexican goodies. Just treat it as a hot dog stand.

                    2. Okay I've found a place serving hot dogs using high quality wieners at a place one wouldn't think of-- Blue Coffee Cafe in downtown Durham. They use Nathan's dogs, and you can get it with chili, onions, slaw, mustard, ketchup, and/or kraut. Two with chips for $4.75.

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                      1. re: bbqme

                        thanks for the tip- that sounds like just what we have needed- it's ironic that its downtown because one of Durham's former best known hot dog places was located just down the street from there- it was called Amos and Andy's! My Mom still talks about that place. Also can't wait to try a bacon dog @ the cow store!

                        1. re: lucyjane444

                          The bacon wrapped dog is also in Carrboro/Chapel Hill at Tres Amigos on Jones Ferry Road.

                      2. Doesn't Dane's on 9th St. in Durham have hot dogs?

                        1. A weird suggestion but why not: On Duke University campus there's a hot dog 'stand' (I use quotes because it's more like a shack last time I went back and visited) called Pauly Dogs. When I was an undergrad there I remembered enjoying his Jumbo and Sausage Dogs. He has a huge variety of condiments and topping and has different set specials that are quite popular.

                          I'm not a hot dog expert (neither then nor now), but I remember them being pretty good.

                          Edit: sorry. To be more exact: Pauly is on what was once called the Bryan Center Walkway... I think they call it the 'terrace' or something now. Either way, you can ask for the walkway between west campus quad and the bryan center. Parking can be found at and near the bryan center.

                          1. I just tried the footlong hot dog at Cook Out. Why didn't I try them before? It was pretty dang good! Good quality weiner. Plus, a dog an coke or cheerwine float only sets you back ~$4.

                            1. L & D Grill at the intersection of Angier and Hoover would be my # 1 in Durham. # 2 would be Pascall's which is at the intersection of Holloway and Hyde Park - not on Parrish Street as previously reported. # 3 would be Wimpy's.

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                              1. re: ncdirtlaw

                                NC dirt law -you are right (paschall's is on Holloway Street).

                                1. re: ncdirtlaw

                                  Wow, it's like I've learned the secret handshake! And they are pretty close to my downtown Durham office to boot. Thanks!

                                2. I am from Boone N.C. where I ran Big Dogs hot dogs. I am possibly relocating to Chapel Hill. Where do you believe would be the best location to set up a cart. Franklin St. obviously came to mind, but it seems 15-501 gets a good bit of traffic as well. Well I will be speaking with the Health Department soon. So be on the look out for some good dogs in the Chape Hill area soon

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                                  1. re: snrluis

                                    Are you looking for specific areas in the RDU area? Franklin St might be kind of hard unless you look in the Carrboro area (though there are 2 taco trucks there already). Some of the areas off 15-501 like where WalMart or on the other side where Kohls is may be good. Downtown Durham could use some more pedestrian friendly food (besides OnlyBurger and some taco carts). Thats a tough one.