Top Hot Dogs in Philadelphia
Take a bite out of Philly’s top dogs
Whether it’s a roasted pork sandwich or a melty cheesesteak, Philly is known for tasty eats on a roll. Of all the great sandwiches to be found on a bun, none are more beloved than the classic hot dog.
Philadelphia chefs have embraced the hot dog, creating hundreds of delicious variations ranging from old-school franks with onions and mustard to gourmet innovations topped with mac and cheese.
We double dog dare you try any—or all—of the following:
Traditional Hot Dogs:
The steamed links at the Reading Terminal’s Franks A-Lot! have garnered plenty of awards for their plump and snappy texture. The toppings are basic: sauerkraut, chili, cheese and the like—proving that less can be more.
Details: 1136 Arch Street | 215-625-9991
A West Chester institution since 1940, Jimmy John’s is, as the tagline declares, “famous for frankfurters.” The natural-casing specimens here can be topped with self-serve helpings from the condiment bar or chili, cheese and bacon from the grill.
Details: 1507 Wilmington Pike, West Chester | 610-459-3083
The all-beef dogs at takeaway Bubby’s Brisket and Bugsy’s Weiners are spicy and salami-like, requiring little to no embellishment, though the Philly (wit Whiz and onions) is a popular choice.
Details: 103 N. 15th Street | 855-BRI-SKET
Early birds are rewarded at Johnny’s Hots, a popular waterfront stand that closes by mid-afternoon. The dogs and sausages, served on pillowy Liscio rolls, are served (upon request) with a fish cake on top.
Details: 1234 N. Delaware Avenue | 215-423-2280
Only serious eaters need apply for the $13 smokehouse dog at MidAtlantic, a hefty house-made version served with fresh kraut and pickles, plus mustard and chips, with an option to add cheese or bacon.
Details: 3711 Market Street | 215-386-3711
The Texas Tamy at Delicatessen is a Jewish (albeit non-kosher) spin on an old classic: a foot-long Hebrew National hot dog stuffed with American cheese, wrapped in applewood bacon and served with spicy brown mustard on a grilled roll.
Details: 703 Chestnut Street | 215-923-4560
Catch a lunchtime Phillies game at Garces Trading Co. on selected days and enjoy one of celebrity chef Jose Garces’ homemade smoked sausage hot dogs with truffled turnip relish on a pain au lait bun with a beer for $9.
Details: 1111 Locust Street | 215-574-1099
An outdoor oasis in Northern Liberties, Frankford Hall boasts big beers and tasty bratwursts, knockwursts and even vegetarian sausages. You can get any sausage served on a potato roll, perfect for holding the sweet sauerkraut that comes on the side.
Details: 1210 Frankford Avenue | 215-634-3338
You’ll find the best wurst at Brauhaus Schmidtz, an authentic German beer hall and restaurant on South Street. The housemade Nürnberger Bratwurst goes great with a large, cold beer.
Details: 718 South Street | 267-909-8814
Open since 1923, Texas Wieners provides a view into the South Philadelphia of the early 21st century, but the dogs—grilled and served with the traditional Texas combination of onions, mustard and Greek sauce—remain the same.
Details: 1426 Snyder Avenue | 215-465-8635
Not to be confused with its South Philly rival, the little luncheonette counter at APJ Texas Wieners turns out grilled and hot-sauce doused concoctions at a steady rate.
Details: 47 N. 13th Street | 215-665-8081
Specializing in the steamed frankfurters on poppy seed buns made famous in Chicago, Philly Dawgz builds from there, adding options like sauerkraut, coleslaw and Dusseldorf mustard for those dog-diners so inclined.
Details: 3240 N. Broad Street | 888-88D-AWGZ
The turkey, beef and veggie dogs at Johnnie’s Dog House in Wayne can be dressed up in a fun array of condiment combos, like Baltimore’s Best (coleslaw and bacon), Boston Back Bay (beans and onions) or the classic State Fair Corn Dog.
Details: 11 Louella Court, Wayne | 484-582-0151
Bearing an impressive chef pedigree, Hot Diggity! arrived on South Street in summer 2011. The changing seasonal menu includes creations like the Seattle (served with garlic cream cheese, red onion, tomato and scallion) and the Saigon Dog, a riff on banh mi, plus hand-cut fries with a choice of dipping sauces.
Details: 630 South Street
Queen Village’s Café Fulya is the only place in town to offer a Turkish hot dog, featuring spicy beef, Russian salad, cornichon pickles and tomato sauce—and it’s rightfully become a local cult favorite.
Details: 727 S. 2nd Street | 215-909-9937
It doesn’t get much more decadent than the Sloppy Dog at Jake’s Sandwich Board, a double deep-fried frankfurter deal with fried onions, mushrooms, roasted peppers, cheddar cheese, spicy brown mustard and fries.
Details: 122 S. 12th Street | 215-922-0102
The mint-green truck in Memphis Taproom’s beer garden is a stationary fixture, serving up all-beef natural casing dogs with 11 options for toppings, including California Uber Alles (beer-battered with nori, avocado and pickled ginger,) Suicide (jalapeno, sririacha, onion rings and habanero) and the Antipasta (sharp provolone, caponata, garlic mayo, olives, roasted peppers and pepperoncini), plus fried pickles and beer by the can.
Details: 2231 E. Cumberland Street | 215-425-4460
Parked near Temple University during the school seasons and late night in Northern Liberties all year long, Dapper Dog caters to all populations with its grilled beef links, topped with mac and cheese, asparagus and provolone or a fried egg.
Details: 2nd & Poplar Streets | 203-887-8813
Yo Dogs has become an, ahem, underdog favorite with its inventions like the Reuben (kraut, Swiss and thousand island) and Spa Treatment (chopped tomato and avocado), plus a menu of fun fries to try alongside.
Details: 1014 Willow Grove Avenue, Wyndmoor, (215) 233-DOGS; 7854 Montgomery Avenue, Elkins Park, (215) 782-DOGS
Nobody does it quite like Mo’s Hot Dog House. The Gray’s Ferry hot dog hub serves up super smoky ‘furters on crusty buns, which are the basis for the Ed Bacon (bacon and cheese), PGW (baked beans and onions) and Engine 47 (deep-fried and spicy).
Details: 2601 Washington Avenue | 215-465-6637