by Jonathan Baker - 319 Reviews - 185 List
Here it is, the new trend for summer: hot dogs in Atlanta. It's no wonder, since burgers have officially hit a plateau and street carts are finally on the rise. The hot dog is curiously popping up on craft pub menus, hipster markets and on their own carts (hurray!). Here we give you our top five favorite dogs, just in time for summer.
Updated: July 11, 2010
What's the perfect place to grab hot dogs in Atlanta? How about a Mayberry-resembling, track-side lunch shack, OTP? While we're usually partial to the Varsity's chili dogs, Brandi's stunned us with a devilishly spicy chili, which immediately validates the drive out to Marietta? and makes chili dogs everywhere seem forever mundane.
While we really love the idea of driving out to Mike's Chicago Hot Dogs, there's something awesome about having a Chi-town specialty, along with a Chimay beer (hence the nod to Young Augustine's). This indie craft pub gets it right: poppy seed bun, snappy hot dog, yellow mustard, neon relish, celery salt, pickle spears and tomato slice.
You know the trend is well on its way when fusion dogs get into the mix (thanks, West Coast!). The Wonderful World of Burgers steps up with a fascinating combination borrowed from an episode of Anthony Bourdain's ?No Reservations.? The teri-mayo dog boasts teriyaki sauce, julienned seaweed and kewpie mayo.
Streatery food carts magically bypassed the bogus Atlanta laws banning street food, and since they have the golden ticket, they're leaving no one out. This means vegetarian hot dogs in Atlanta for all you vegetarians out there! Besides their delicious array of dogs, sausages and chicken sammies, they do a meatless wonder (grilled soy dog) that'll send green eaters to the moon.