The delicious, simple, often maligned hot dog is an American classic. Hot dogs can be as simple or as fancy as you want them to be. Philadelphia has developed quite the food scene where chefs go the extra mile to make their dogs delicious! We’ve found some of the best hot dog spots in Philly so you can be sure to have an amazing lunch, dinner, or late-night snack.
1234 N Delaware Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19125
Johnny’s Hots is a local stand that has become an institution in Philadelphia. It’s been featured on Food Network and always has a line out front. Their hot dogs and sausages are some of the best in town. You also won’t want to miss out on their Philly fish cakes. It’s a simple location where you walk up to the counter to place your order. You can take it to go or sit on one of the benches along the side of the building. Keep in mind that they are closed on Sundays.
Czerw’s Polish Kielbasa
3370 Tilton St, Philadelphia, PA 19134
While you won’t find your typical hot dogs at Czerw’s, it’s all the more reason to visit. They add a Polish spin on the classic, offering smoked, Cajun, and even jalapeno cheddar kielbasa. Instead of fries, try one of their gourmet pierogis, all of which are made in house. There’s no seating inside, so you’ll have to take your order to-go. The added benefit of visiting here is that you can do some grocery shopping for all of your favorite Polish ingredients, ranging from mustard and kraut to a variety of sausages and links in their market.
APJ Texas Weiner
47 N 13th St, Philadelphia, PA 19107
APJ Texas Weiner may advertise themselves as a breakfast restaurant, but they’re open until 4 PM Monday through Friday, offering an incredible lunch menu. The chili dog is definitely the fan favorite, and the chili they top it with is so good! The casual dining room is small but offers seats at the counter as well as tables around the dining room. They’re closed on the weekends, so be sure you get your fill during the week.
51 N 12th St, Philadelphia, PA 19107
Miller’s Twist is found inside the Reading Terminal Market. It’s not your typical restaurant, as they specialize in Amish-style pretzels. Their pretzel dog may be one of your new favorite ways to enjoy a hot dog. Beyond pretzel dogs, you’ll also find cheese dogs, chicken feta sausage, and more. Plus, you can have a sweet ending to your meal by enjoying their ice cream or milkshakes. They’re open until either 3:30 or 5 PM depending on the day, so be sure to plan accordingly.
718 South St, Philadelphia, PA 19147
Germans are arguably the best at creating hot dogs, so Brauhaus Schmitz is a German restaurant worth checking out. The beer hall offers some German classics such as schnitzel and spaetzle. You’ll also find brats and other sorts of wursts. Of course, you’ll find plenty of brews, too. It’s a family-friendly place, and the servers stay true to their roots, wearing Bavarian dirndl-style dresses. The added bonus is that they’re open until midnight, ensuring you have a source for deliciousness until late into the night.
Oh K-Dog & Egg Toast
6201 N Front St #124, Philadelphia, PA 19120
We’re all about thinking outside the box, and these Korean hot dogs really stand out as being unique. There are all sorts of different fillings, adding new dimensions to what you would think about on a hot dog. Corn dogs and hot dogs are available, and you can look forward to squid ink, cheddar, rice cakes, and more. You’ll order at the counter and take your food to one of the tables in the dining area or order it to-go. The menu is diverse, so you can enjoy something different each time you visit.
1823 E Passyunk Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19148
Although P’unk Burger may specialize in burgers, they’re known to have one of the most amazing hot dogs, too. This hot spot for casual food is well-known because of their locally sourced ingredients. The colorful exterior of the place draws you in while the menu options keep you coming back. Various hot dogs and a long list of ingredients are available. You’ll also find lunch combos, specialty shakes, and even weekly dinner specials.
Lucky’s Last Chance
848 S 2nd St, Philadelphia, PA 19147
Lucky’s Last Chance is a local chain that is not only a lively bar but also offers some amazing pub grub and craft cocktails. We visited the Queen Village location, where we were blown away by the toppings found on their hot dogs. Each hot dog has its own quirky name, and the Voodoo may be the most creative, complete with shredded Cajun chicken, onion strings, and a secret string sauce. It’s a casual place where you can enjoy lunch or dinner. There’s also seating inside and out so be sure to stop by this spot next time you get a hot dog craving.
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