Sun’s out, buns out — hot dog buns, that is. From community grillouts to baseball game brats, summer really is the season of the hot dog. That’s why we’ve rounded up 8 local spots to get your frank fix.
The Roast Grill, 7 S. West St. | Slingin’ dogs since 1940, this hole-in-the-wall serves glass bottle sodas, homemade Greek baklava, and classic flattop-grilled dogs. Pro tip: Look for the iconic “Hot Weiners” sign + bring cash.
Cloos’ Coney Island, 2233-102 Avent Ferry Rd. | Complete with checkered floors, this retro spot specializes in hot dogs, burgers, sandwiches, and cheese fries. Try this: The Coney Dog topped with chili, mustard + onions.
Snoopy’s Hot Dogs & More, multiple Raleigh locations | This spot has been a Raleigh staple since 1978. Unless you specify your order, your dog will be topped with mustard, chili, and onions. Pro tip: The marquee lights up with humorous sayings.
Jerry’s Grill, 813 E. Whitaker Mill Rd. | This long-standing (since 1986) mom + pop shop serves classic dogs and sides like crinkle-cut fries, tater tots, and crispy onion rings.
Steve’s Hot Dogs + Deli, 6320 Capital Blvd. | This spot offers all the grillout fixin’s. Think: Foot-long chili-cheese dogs, potato salad, deviled eggs, and fresh lemonade.
The Community Deli, 901 Oberlin Rd. | Chow down on as many $1.50 hot dogs you can eat from this spot that’s been around since 1973.
CowBar, 411 W. Morgan St. + 201 Park at North Hills St. | In addition to burgers, this spot serves specialty dogs. Try This: The Truffle Dog on a New England bun with truffle aioli + caramelized red onion.
My Way Tavern, 522 St. Marys St. | Stop by this neighborhood tavern for a $5 Nathan’s hot dog basket with fries or a Mariner Dog topped with cream cheese, grilled onions, jalapeños + sriracha aioli.