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 10 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.
The Hot Dawg Stop is south east Louisiana’s classic dog shop. Their menu includes hot dogs, nachos, milkshakes, and more making for a nice casual dining experience. Some of their specialties include an all beef hot dog wrapped in bacon, Italian sausage dogs, crawfish boudin dogs, and even alligator! Healthier hot dogs are made with turkey and a healthy chili is made with turkey as well for those craving a dog on a diet. The friendly staff is there to treat their customers like family with televisions around so that the game is always on. Try this great hot dog joint in Lafayette!
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.
At this hot dog joint the food is truly rocking! Try their signature all beef dogs including the Rockin’ Dog, El Mariachi, and the Chicago Blues that all come with their own special blend of toppings though are all made of black angus beef served on top a butter toasted bun. The sausage and brats include the Motown Philly made with Polish sausage, The Zydeco made with alligator sausage, the Heavy Metal made with beer marinated brat, and much more. However, if you want to be a true rock star, you need to finish the Big Band, a 15-inch one-pound hot dog with two pounds of toppings including jalapenos, sautéed peppers, chili, mustard, coleslaw, tomatoes, and shredded cheese!
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.
This classic hot dog joint is simple and delightful. Serving affordable plain hot dogs with sides and sodas, this place down on the bayou will bring you back to the old days. They have plain hot dogs, chili dogs, and chili cheese hot dogs. Frito pie, chili fries and tots, and chili cheese fries and tots. Their sides include fries, tots, pickle spear, and coleslaw. Fountain drinks and water are available for purchase to wash down the classic hot dogs that come with a variety of toppings. Looking for an even more affordable deal? Good Doggy has a discount Doggy menu available!
Having been established since 2011, this joint started with one hot dog stand. Now having several locations around town, including a permanent residence in the Chicageaux Bar, Weinie Dog’s now has plans to open its own doors in the near future. Their dogs are made with 100 percent black angus beef and a choice of over 27 toppings all on top of a simple delicious bun. The hot dog lady swears that if you ask any of her customers they will be sure to tell you to come and visit her. Fried mac n cheese, smothered French fries, boudin balls, and more decorate the hot dog lady’s delightful menu.
Located in the historic French Quarter on North Rampart Street across from Louis Armstrong Park, Dreamy Weenies is the home of the New Orleans-style hot dog. They feature premium halal and kosher beef hot dogs, turkey dogs, and many vegan options. All served with a variety of toppings and sides inspired by traditional New Orleans cuisine, including red beans and rice, grits, and barbecue shrimp sauce, these dogs truly pop off with flavor. They serve seven-inch, quarter-pound hot dogs on freshly-baked buns. Their signature sides are made in house everyday with the freshest of ingredients. These NOLA style dogs are sure to knock your socks off!
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.