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Jul 2, 2009 05:18 PM

Who has best hotdog in NC?

I love hotdogs and have visited many parts of NC. I was wondering who has the best hotdogs in NC, Please give me your opinions.

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  1. Yum Yum in Greensboro, PB's in Winston-Salem, Trolley Stop in Wrightsville Beach, Paul's Place in Rocky Point and Green's Lunch in Charlotte are my favorites.

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    1. re: bbqdawg

      If you're in Salisbury, try Haps downtown. They grill theirs pretty well and the toppings are great (try the spicy hot/vinegar sauce if you like a kick; very yummy).

      I'd definitely SKIP Yum Yums in G'boro. I've tried them a couple times, wanted to like them, but their hot dogs are boiled and mushy and, IMO, don't taste good.
      On top of that, the quality of the other ingredients tend to lack a LOT; super sweet ketchup, mushy buns, and watery cheese.
      I know lots of people here adore them, and i'm sure they used to be good, but I'd rather grill some myself then pay for one of theirs.

      Yum Yum
      9872 Nc Highway 105 S, Banner Elk, NC 28604

    2. Skippy's in Winston-Salem would be a national contender, not just a regional force in the hot dog business. Relatively new to the scene, I haven't found anything in the state that comes close.

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      1. re: brentk

        Great call!! How could I forget Skippy's?! Much different than other southern style places...uses dogs with a casing, cooked on a grill. Truly outstanding.

        1. re: brentk

          they are defintiel one of the top dogs in ws. I sometimes think the bun overshadows the frank though. but still real good

          1. re: brentk

            I'm not much for unconventional hot dogs. JS Pulliam in W-S doesn't mess with a good thing. Simple dogs...simply the best I've ever had.

            Paul's Place in Rocky Point is WAY overrated.

            1. re: JayL

              What is it about Paul's Place do you not like? Their "chili" is definitely unique. Its made with cucumbers and tomatoes. I think it came about due to meat rationing during WW II; they had to come up with a substitute. I think the stuff is great on their hot dogs with mustard and onions. I've even bought jars of it to bring home.

              1. re: bbqdawg

                Without being too blunt...I don't like their hotdogs. Paul's Place has a "lore" about it to many middle aged folks who used to stop there on their way to Wrightsville or Kure Beach during their younger years.

                1. re: JayL

                  Do you mean you don't like the actual hotdog itself? Do they use an unusual brand or something? Or do you not like the toppings? To me, most of the skinless hotdogs in used throughout NC (and the south, for that matter) are pretty similar, and its basically the toppings that make the dog. I can understand not liking Paul's Place "chili", as it is a bit different and my not be everyone's cup of tea.

                  1. re: bbqdawg

                    I don't like their hotdog...that would include the entire offering. My opinion only.

          2. Roast Grill in Raleigh
            Snoopy's Raleigh
            The Dog House in D'ham and Morissiville (love their beans
            Yum Yum's in Greeensboro (scary hot pink, but so good
            )(can't speak for the rest of the state as it has been awhile)

            note, I get my dogs NC style with mustard, chili, slaw and onions

            1. Second the rec for Roast Grill. I'm sad I don't work in Raleigh anymore, because that was a weekly stop for me.

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              1. re: Pigloader

                I agree about Pauls Place being Overrated! It was good thirty years ago but now the Dogs are just tasteless.The unique Chilli is just sweet pickle relish with Ketchup and BBQ Sauce. They will run right thru you.
                The best Dog I have had in a while was yesterday here im My House,Homemade Slaw and Chilli with a all beef Ballpark Frank.

                  1. re: Jesco

                    Shorty's? Good gosh, no! One time eating there was enought to decide never to do it again. Loads of atmosphere and a good reputation, but that probably dates back to when WF was a city unto itself and not North North Raleigh, ie there weren't any other choices but Forks cafeteria. That place could make me swear off hot dogs forever.

                    [You can tell I'm very opinionated about hot dogs :-) ]

              2. Pulliams BBQ in Winston-Salem is the best by far!!!

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                1. re: psparks0831

                  Zacks in Burlington makes a great, classic Southern chili dog, and they still use Curtis Franks. Buns are alway. fresh and softly steamed. Avoid their Zacks burger, it comes with chili and is always burnt - not charred, burnt.

                  Yum Yum used to make a good dog, but they've down graded the actually wiener, watered the chili even more, and still not learned that the onions go on before the chili. I would go elsewhere.

                  Greens Lunch in Charlotte makes a great dog, loaded with thick chili.

                  Roast Grill Grill does not make a typical Southern style dog, in that the chili is thin, but I like'm. As I do the dogs at Snoopy's, CharGrill, and Shorty's in WF, where like at Zacks you can still get a 6oz coke in the bottle.

                  The Dog House(several locations in Triangle) can be very good, but they often carry the onions over from the day(s) before, and they can be toxic. Wimpy's in Durham, near Bullocks, makes both a great dog and an excellent burger - no seating, so it is the parking lot or the car.

                  Both locations of Allen & Son BBQ serve an excellent chili dog, though neither makes their own chili. Both of these places are destination place for me for a combination of BBQ and dogs.

                  People talk about Sutton's Drug in Chapel Hill, but the dog is weak - all the pictures are nice.

                  Paul's some how has a cult following, as does Spanky in WS's, and neither make dogs to my liking - PB in WS, near Forsyth Medical makes an outstanding dog as does Little Richard's BBQ on Country Club. Pulliam's in WS is simply not a good dog to my taste - if a dog is gonna be greasy, it should have taste - like Zacks or Greens.

                  Dune Burger in Nags Head has the best hot dog, hamburger, and fries on the entire OBX.

                  Trolly Stop is again more foo-foo than dog. Their are several much better dogs in downtown Wilmington, near the water - and you don't have to stand in line behind a string on loud kids.

                  There's a great ltlle hole-in-the-wall in downtown Salisbury, Haps that also makes a slightly different dog, but I love it. There are more but I'm rambling now.

                  Roast Grill
                  7 S West St, Raleigh, NC 27603

                  Trolly Stop
                  784 W King St, Boone, NC 28607

                  Dune Burger
                  7304 S Virginia Dare Trl, Nags Head, NC 27959

                  Yum Yum
                  9872 Nc Highway 105 S, Banner Elk, NC 28604

                  1. re: psparks0831

                    Pulliams is simply one of the best hot dogs I've ever had.

                    I've read alot about how people don't like them, but they probably don't like any simple "country" dog like you get at Pulliam's. They are served without pretence...unlike so many other hotdog places popping up these days.

                    1. re: JayL

                      If you like it, you like it - that's what taste is all about. But, the fact is a lot of folks simply do not agree with you. And pretense has nothing to do with it. There is no pretense at Haps, or Zacks, or Dog House, or Allen and Son, or Roast Grill, or CharGrill, or Snoopys, or Shortys, or DuneBurger, or Greens Lunch.

                      Roast Grill
                      7 S West St, Raleigh, NC 27603