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 six local spots to get your frank fix.
Between the Bun | 2222 W. Southport Rd.
What started as a food truck + a dream has grown into one of the best burger and dog places in the city — you can even take home a bottle of homemade sauce.
Pro tip: Try the Nacho Dog for a south-of-the-border twist. It comes with spicy sour cream, crushed Doritos, and jalapeños.
Chicago Beef & Dog Company | 5402 E. Washington St.
Get a taste of the windy city in Indy — this locally-owned shop offers authentic Italian beef + Chicago dogs in Irvington.
Pro tip: Order the Payton dog for a German homage. It comes with sauerkraut, chopped onions, and spicy mustard.
Chuck’s Coney Island | 2932 E. 10th St.
Chuck’s has a menu bigger than Coney Island itself. Even if hot dogs aren’t your thing, you’ll still be able to find something that’ll take your tastebuds for a ride.
Pro tip: Take a trip to NYC with the Chuck’s Coney Island Dog featuring an all-beef dog with chili, mustard, and onions.
Garcia’s Hot Dogs | 5102 E. 16 St.
The toppings bar at this place is unbeatable: pico de gallo, onions, green peppers, tomatoes, lettuce, jalepeños, sauerkraut + the usual condiments — why pick one when you can have it all?
Pro tip: Order the specialty BLT hotdog for a meat lovers experience unlike any other + you’ll get sizzling bacon on top of an all-beef dog.
Nick’s Chili Parlor | 2621 Lafayette Rd.
Although known for chili, the real hidden gem at Nick’s is the hot dogs — it offers foot-long, jumbo, quarter-pounder, or regular-sized dogs.
Pro tip: Our go-to here is the slaw dog: An all-beef dog topped with chili + homemade coleslaw. It’s like a Carolina barbecue piled onto one sandwich.
Mr. & Mrs. Hot Dog Stand | White River State Park
This all-American hot dog stand serves all-beef Sabrett dogs, the #1 hot dog brand in NYC — you can find them at the state fair this month.
Pro tip: The classic dog should be your menu item of choice here. Simple, easy + delicious, it’ll make hot summer days a walk in the park.
If you’re more of the cookout type, don’t forget to invite us to the neighborhood barbecue + stock up on these essentials before firing up the grill.