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ISO great hot dog place - MSP

Maybe it's because I'm watching Iron Chef America (hot dog challenge) or thinking about my West Coast hometown where we had a great homemade hot dog/sausage place, but I realized: I have no idea where one should go for a great hot dog in the Twin Cities area. I get that the hot dog issue is subjective - Chicago style, etc - but all opinions are welcome.

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  1. The Wienery in Minneapolis. Awesomeness.

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    Wienery
    414 Cedar Ave S, Minneapolis, MN 55454

    1. It's not a "place," as in a permanent building, but I love the hot dogs from The Magic Bus Cafe (a big purple schoolbus). These days, they're at the Wednesdays-only Food Truck Court in downtown St. Paul, plus various other locations.

      Oh, and I recommend upgrading to a grass-feed-beef dog - it's definitely worth the extra money.

      http://www.magicbuscafe.com/

      1. I'll echo the Wienery, I'm also a fan of the Walking Dog in the Northstar Foodcourt in downtown Minneapolis and Tiny's Hot Dogs in Northfield

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        Wienery
        414 Cedar Ave S, Minneapolis, MN 55454

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        1. re: AmyMo

          Tiny's in Northfield has closed.

          1. re: AmyMo

            The Walking Dog and Chris & Rob's have terrible chili dogs. Both have the watery chili full of beans instead of hotdog chili, sometimes referred to as coney sauce.

          2. I think "Vienna Beef" hot dogs are a bit overrated... and that's what you'll find at places like the Wienery, Chris & Rob's, etc. My favorite hot dogs, since the Lincoln Del closed and "Best's Kosher" stopped selling their brand, can be found at The Glockenspiel in St. Paul. Unfortunately, they don't come with a bun (though I've never tried requesting one).

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            Wienery
            414 Cedar Ave S, Minneapolis, MN 55454

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            1. re: fetik3

              Another great hot dog: "The Diamond Dog" at The Depot Tavern, next door to First Avenue. "1/4 Pound All Beef Hot Dog, Wrapped with Pepper Bacon, and Deep-Fried. Served on a Pretzel Bun"

            2. Frankie's and Chris & Rob's on 42nd. They're not great, but it'll get you by. And both owners are chicago guys. In fact, they sell the neon relish over at Frankies.

              I saw a place called Philly Dawg over in Woodbury. Anyone been there?

              [BTW, can't believe neither one of the chefs attempted a hot dog dessert. Bummer.]