From Chicago style to ball park beef and everything in between, hot dogs are hands down one of America’s favorite snacks. These delicious finger foods come in all forms and flavors, so there’s one for virtually every palate. And if you’re looking for a hot dog that’s unique in flavor and ingredients, there are several hot dog joints and stands around Austin that may be small but know a thing or two about sausage. Whether you’re looking for vegan, Italian sausage or good old fashioned kosher, here’s a list of some of the best hot dogs in Austin that are unlike any other.
Perched in downtown Austin, Frank prides themselves on being “purveyors of artisan sausage”. This casual restaurant specializes in artisanal sausages and hot dogs made with a plethora of different meats. Whether you’re looking for smoked alligator, rabbit, antelope or smoked duck, Frank has you covered. Vegan? No problem. Frank also has a vegan sausage called the Vegan Apple and Sage. If you’re looking for something more traditional they’ve got the Smoked Beef and Pork or Bratwurst. And the best part about Frank is that you can build your own sausage and choose ingredients like sauerkraut, horseradish slaw or cider braised red cabbage, then slather it in one of Frank’s sauces like Dusseldorf mustard, Sriracha aioli or Texas BBQ sauce. And if you’d rather have a traditional dog, try the Notorious P.I.G with custom made smoked bacon, the Chili Cheese Dog on a butter toasted bun and the Chicago Dog with tomatoes, onions, celery salt and mustard on a poppy seed bun. No matter what you choose, you won’t be disappointed with what they dish out!
Located off bustling Rainey Street, Banger’s has made a name for themselves with their farm fresh sausages, delicious drinks and Sunday brunches that are banging. What this casual restaurant does best is obvious: sausage! Whether it’s poultry, Wild game or veggie, Banger’s has a sausage for every food lover. Try the Duck, Bacon and Fig with red wine soaked fig, the Rabbit and Mushroom with shiitake mushrooms, manchego cheese, garlic and rendered bacon fat, the Drunk Chicken with beer, serranos, red pepper flakes and cilantro, or the South Texas Antelope Merguez topped with baba ganoush, honey sesame yogurt, feta and torn mint. And if it’s a good old fashioned hot dog you’re after, Banger’s has their own version of the timeless classic. Their Smoked Hot Dog is made with smoked beef and veal and is sure to delight your tastebuds and satisfy your stomach. Don’t forget to wash it down with a craft beer from Banger’s tap.
T-Loc’s Sonora Hot Dogs
Originally from the state of Sonora, T-Loc’s brings the taste of Arizona to Austin with their delicious Tucson local hot dogs. They even fly their buns over from Tucson to ensure that each hot dog has that authentic taste that Austin has fallen in love with. On the menu you’ll find everything from carne asada, burritos and tacos to quesadillas, tortas, hot dogs and more. The Flaming Hot Cheetos Carne Asada Burrito with avocado and Mexican crema is a local favorite, and the Carmelo Taco is filled with carne asada and cheesy goodness. But you can’t leave without trying one of T-loc’s famous Tucson style hot dogs. Try the Regular Sonoran Style Hot Dog with a bacon-wrapped Bar-s wiener, beans, tomatoes, onion, jalapeño sauce, mustard and mayonnaise, or go semi-Kosher and try the Hebrew National Sonoran Dog with a bacon-wrapped Hewbrew National beef wiener, beans, tomato, onion, jalapeño sauce, mustard and mayo. They’ve also got a vegetarian Sonoran hot dog made with a veggie wiener, so no matter what type of Sonoran hot dog you’re looking for, you can find it at T-Loc’s.
The newest addition to the Ramen Tatsu-Ya family, Domo Alley-Gato dishes out delicious Asian fusion in a warm and intimate patio setting. There’s red paper lanterns hanging above and cozy wooden booths where you can catch some fresh air while you sip on one of Domo Alley-Gato’s custom cocktails or Japanese beers. The Oolong Island Iced Tea #2 is a refreshing blend of Shiochu, brandy, rum, citrus cordial and Oolong tea, the Melon Ball Z is a mix of Silver tequila, midori, lime, honey and fizz and the Ride or Die has brandy, vanilla, satsuma cordial and lemon. The food menu is filled with fusion feasts like Japanese curries, Coo Coo Wings, vegetable dishes such as Yuki Peas with cashew Goma dare and shichimi and Ninjin Slaw with carrots, apple, chard, almonds, raisins and ginger dressing. They’ve also got a special curry called the Kitchen Sink, which is made with Gyukotsu beef stock, slow cooked shredded beef, TX sausage, pork katsu, egg, yogurt cheese, pickles and veggies. But the dish that Austin can’t get enough of is the Ban Ban Dog. This fantastic Asian-style creation is made with curry chili, teriyaki, honey aioli and cabbage on a panko brioche bun. It’s a hot dog that merges the best of Japanese flavor with our favorite American food.
Defying all the traditions we know about the hot dog, Evil Wiener is the genius conception of Austin chef Roger. When it comes to their delicious dogs, this food truck is breaking all the rules and throwing caution to the wind. Every wiener is 100% beef, and flavor combos include the Colonel Klink with grilled bratwurst, sauerkraut and spicy mustard, The Cowgirl with Texas style brisket, BBQ sauce, pickles and onions and The Carolina Hot Dog with slow and low cooked smoked pulled pork and tangy Carolina slaw. If you’re craving a more classic hot dog, try the Good Old American with your choice of mustard, sauerkraut, relish or ketchup. But if you really want to step outside the box, try La Revolucion, which is bacon wrapped, grilled and topped with pico de gallo, mustard, ketchup, mayo and hot sauce
Hot Dog King of Austin
Serving hungry Austinites from out of a trailer since 1992, Hot Dog King is Austin’s OG hot dog stand. Kickin it old school, this roving eatery can be booked for parties and you can catch it anywhere from shows, football games and fairs to festivals, fundraisers and everything in between. Every premium hot dog is made with a 1/4 lb charbroiled sausage and topped with fresh ingredients like sweet relish, Sweet Baby Ray’s BBQ sauce, German mustard, yellow banana peppers and sliced jalapeños. Try one of Hot Dog King’s specialty sausages like the Smoked Texas Venison deer sausage, Smoked Montana Elk sausage, Smoked Texas Wild Boar sausage and Smoked Polish Sausage with jalapeño and cheddar. Or try one of Hot Dog King’s staples like the Nathan’s New York hot dog with all beef and no nitrates or preservatives, the Ball Park Jumbo Hot Dog, the kosher Hebrew National 8″ all beef New York sausage that is blessed by a rabbi or the Chicago 8″ beef with all the fixings. You can also go vegetarian and order a veggie dog with portabella mushrooms, Sun-dried tomato and nasil. After 25 years of making hot dogs, it’s evident in every bite that this trailer knows what they’re doing when it comes to meat.
Located at East Cesar Chavez and East 6th Street, Mission Dogs is known for their gut-busting loaded bacon wrapped hot dogs. This casual eatery makes each dog with fresh, ingredients and piles them with inventive toppings and finger-licking sauces. The menu at Mission Dog has a little something for everyone, with vegan and vegetarian bacon wrapped options and classic options like the Just the Dog bacon wrapped hot dog. But if you really want to see what Mission Dog can do with a hot dog, try one of their specialties like the Viet Dog with cucumber, carrot, jalapeño, cilantro slaw, garlic chili sauce and Sriracha mayo, the Dogijuku with pickled ginger and cucumber slaw, nori, teriyaki glaze and wasabi mayo or the Kim Dog with kimchi and creamy sesame miso sauce. Grab a mission dog for lunch at their brick and mortar location on Cesar Chavez or satisfy your weekend late night cravings at the food trailer.
Serving up delicious hot dogs from a trailer on south Lamar, Wrigleyville South specializes in Vienna beef, Italian beef and Polish sausage hot dogs. They’ve got all the requisite snack foods like Chili Cheese Fries, Frito Pie and French Fries, plus a long list of tasty hot dogs topped with all kinds of treats. Served on the weekends, the Italian Beef and Sausage Combo is topped with spicy brown mustard, grilled onions & peppers and served on a warm French roll, the Rodeo Dog is made with a Vienna beef jalapeño-cheddar sausage and contains tangy BBQ sauce, shredded cheddar cheese, diced white onion and hot sport peppers on a poppy seed bun, and the Maxwell Street Polish Sausage is made with a jumbo Vienna beef sausage, grilled onions, yellow mustard and hot sport peppers and served on a warm French roll. They’ve also got a gluten free bun for $2, so celiac sufferers can get a delicious Wrigleyville South dog too.
For the vegans and vegetarians of south Austin, Doggie Style is a vegan hot dog trailer with a focus on sustainable and cruelty-free comfort foods. Owned by Ohio natives Dustin Lundewall and Meara Swiler, Doggie Style merges the flavors of the mid-west with the flavors of Texas. On the menu is Cheese Fries, Wingman Nachos with coney chili sauce and Stacked Fries with coney chili sauce, jalapeños, queso and ranch. And when it comes to hog dogs, Doggie Style is the master of the meatless. The Chicago has mustard, pickle spear, spicy sport peppers, sweet relish, tomato and celery salt, the Three Rivers is topped with crispy fries and sweet tangy cole slaw and the Jon Stewart has sauerkraut and Russian dressing. Go all out and try the 313 with coney chili sauce, golden cheddar and onion, or go traditional and get The Improv with ketchup, mustard, relish and onion. You can also go gluten free for $7 on any of Doggie Style’s vegan dogs. So try one of Doggie Style’s meatless dogs and see what makes them so popular among vegans and omnivores alike.