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Feb 11, 2011 04:09 PM

Good Downtown Hot Dog?

Is there anywhere downtown where someone can get a good hot dog at lunch? I know this is a longshot as Seattle, in general, isn't much of a hot dog town. I'm looking in the area of about Westlake Center to the north to Columbia Tower to the south. Any recommendations?

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  1. In th convention center is the cyber dog. Walk past it everyday but never been. Let me know of if you hit it up. Small place.

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    1. re: jlom907

      Cyber Dogs is an interesting "slice of Seattle" cultural artifact but it only serves vegetarian "dogs" of various kinds - no meat.

      The "Japan Dog" cart at 2nd and Pike is fun. I like the one with beef sausage and oroshi (grated daikon radish).

      For a traditional dog, the stand in Westlake plaza ("Dogs on the Park" or something like that) seems popular - but I can't vouch for its quality.

      1. re: terrier

        I like the Dogs in the Park in Westlake park, but they aren't for everyone. He slices the dogs and cooks them on the cooktop. You can have grilled onions and cabbage on the dog, if you want. They are really salty, but that's fairly standard for hotdogs, right?

        It's not exactly a hotdog, but don't forget Uli's sausages in Pike Market!

    2. I like The Frankfurter. I think there are 2 waterfront locations (Piers 54 & 55) and one at Seattle Center Food Pavillion. There used to be one in the Columbia Tower food court as well (701 5th), but don't know if still open.

      Cheesedog, bockwurst and Kielbasa were first-rate. Their sunflower-seed cookies are as addictive as heroin.

      1. THE place is Uli's Famous Sausage at the Pike Place Market. Many varieties, all freshly made by a master German sausage maker. Sit down (beer available), to go, or purchase to cook at home.

        Pike Place Market
        1501 Pike Pl, Seattle, WA 98101

        Uli's Famous Sausage
        1511 Pike Pl, Seattle, WA

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        1. re: RandyB

          I second this and even though you didn't ask about their sausages in general, I find the bacon sausage to be just crazy good. both Italians are quite good as well as their bangers. I'd definitely suggest this place.

          1. re: Psiweaver

            Personally, my fav at Uli's is the kielbasa, which I'm sure has nothing to do with my Russian-Polish heritage. My only negative about Uli's is that they don't warm up the sauerkraut.

            My second favorite place for dogs/sausages is a bit to the northeast of your stated area, rjohn40787. It's Thomson's Custom Meats in Twisp, WA. He does fabulous, fresh sausages. It would be a 4 hour drive each way, and you'd have to cook them yourselves except on summer, Saturday, tasting days when the barbie is running outside.

        2. hi all, there is a great tasting hotdog and hotdog stand stand in pioneer square,
          i'm not sure of the name but it's right outside of the med mex takeout place.
          205 1st ave south, seattle. they have the 1st. cream cheese hotdogs in the city.
          and there open till about 2.30am.