The hot dog has become a symbol of classic American cuisine. That definitive dog in a bun is still admired today by American families from all around the country and down in the boot state it is certainly no different. Today, the basics remain the same though generations of hot dog experts have added their own touch to the equation. Here are the best hot dog joints in Louisiana.
Being one of the most popular hot dog joints in the Crescent City, this restaurant now has locations all over though their main restaurant on Freret Street was the original location. Their slogan is “Put a smile on your face,” and they strive to do just that offering a New Orleans flavor dazzled in colors with the simple elegance of European cuisine. A variety of different meats for your dog that even include alligator, fish, vegetarian, and vegan options. Next, patrons choose from over 30 toppings to choose from to put all over their dog free of charge. The bar and beer garden over look the beautiful patio that makes every visit feel like a down home picnic.
This gourmet dog house located in Baton Rouge puts a fresh spin on the culinary art of the hot dog. Their commitment to using local, fresh Louisiana products makes their taste truly stand out. Classics like the Zen Dawg and chili-cheese dawg make for a quick, simple bite on the go. While specialties like the Deer Dawg and Lobster Dawg offer unique twists as well as meat choice to the equation. Other featured items include chili-cheese tots and Frito chili pie.
Being the first hot dog food truck in New Orleans, this joint is certainly making a name for itself. They are famous for their signature dogs that include the Red Bean Chili Dawg that is topped with fried chicken and Diva Dawg aioli ketchup. The Étouffee Dog has crawfish and the Cajun Surf & Turf has alligator sausage with crawfish étouffee on top! The Praline Candy Shake, Crabmeat Grill Cheesy and Étouffee Nachos are some more their unique creole specialties.
Serving premium hot dogs, Botsky’s has a versatile menu hot dog styles, toppings, sides, and more. Pick a special like the Slawdog Millionaire that is a smoked sausage with coleslaw, feta cheese, avocado, and barbeque sauce. The Duck Norris made with a smoked duck sausage, feta cheese, spinach, and a cheery and Steen’s reduction sauce. Make your own dog starting with a choice of meat ranging from alligator to Kobe beef, buffalo, veggie, and more. Then choose from over 30 sauces and toppings to decorate your hot dog. Botsky’s is a great place to choose from a variety of hot dogs and flavors.
Located in Old Town Slidell, this gourmet hot dog shop features a pet-friendly patio area, six televisions, and an indoor as well as outdoor bar. Having graduated from Delgado with a culinary arts degree, the owner and chef is proud to bring a slice of New Orleans to their Northshore location. They are also as healthy as a hot dog joint can get using only 100 percent all-natural beef trimmings and seasonings. Sorbitol is used as a substitute to sugar and there are no allergens in the recipe. Though if you do want something heavy try their famous Barduca Dog that is a 1/3-pound fried dog with chili, cheese, bacon, and coleslaw.