13 Places To Eat Hot Dogs in Las Vegas
Americans love hot dogs. Each year, Americans purchase 350 million pounds or 9 billion hot dogs at retail stores. 9 billion! That's not even counting the dogs eaten at sporting events, restaurants or food trucks, fairs or carnivals. Experts say the total might even be closer to 20 billion per year.
So, in honor of July being National Hot Dog Month, here is a list of 13 places to eat hot dogs in Las Vegas.
1. The name for Buldogis Gourmet Hot Dogs on Fort Apache Road comes from the combination of "bul" in Korean, which means fire or grilled, and "dogis," which means hot dog. Basically, the owners have taken an All-American favorite and given it an Asian twist. BGHD uses only 100 percent quarter-pound premium beef hot dogs and all of their special add-ons are made in house. There is mind-boggling number of toppings, including a wild variety of mayos, mustards, Asian slaws, grilled onions, peppers, tomatoes, cheese and jalapenos. They aren't just known for their super juicy, flavorful dogs though. Other customer favorites include the angry kimchi fries, the GangNam burger, the BiBim bowl and chicken wings. Buldogis also operates a food truck that can usually be found at a couple different locations each week.
2. Cheffini's hot dogs have actually been around for a while. They actually started as a late-night hot dog cart which was usually parked in from of Emergency Arts on Fremont Street. It now has a brick-and-mortar location in the Downtown Container Park. Cheffini's is known for its unusual toppings such as bacon bits, pineapple sauce, caramelized onions, seaweed, red peppers, and crushed potato chips. Cheffini's also offers sliders, cheese fries and a grilled cheese sandwich. The hot dogs cost a little more than they did when you could get them from a cart, but the prices are still pretty reasonable.
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3. Great Links Brew House and Grill on West Craig Road doesn't offer just hot dogs, but it does have plenty of choices. According to their website, the hot dogs and sausages at Great Links are custom made just for them by Boar's Head in New York City. They also claim that there are more than 152 possible combinations of hot dogs and sausages. Some of their specialty dogs include the Streets of New York Dog with spicy mustard, a red onion sauce and light sauerkraut; the Southern Griller Dog with grilled peppers, red onion sauce, BBQ sauce and coleslaw; the Mob Boss Dog with grilled onions, peppers and mushrooms, two cheese stix, marinara sauce and Parmesan cheese; and the Las Vegas chili dog with sage sausage white chili, pepperjack cheese, dill relish, tomatoes, cayenne sour cream and spicy mustard. Best of all, the most expensive hot dog on the menu is $5.49.
4. The Weiner's Circle opened just a few short weeks ago at the Red Rock Resort. It is modeled after the famous Weiner's Circle hot dog stand in Chicago's Lincoln Park, but this one is much more family friendly. The Weiner's Circle features authentic Chicago-style char-grilled hot dogs and hamburgers, fresh-cut fries and milkshakes. The Vegas location also offers an all-day breakfast sandwich, wieners in the blanket, a veggie burger and the Adult Happy Meal which contains a signature Char Cheddar dog, fries and a Pabst Blue Ribbon. There is also a hot dog stand at the Santa Fe hotel-casino.
5. Windy City Beefs-N-Dogs specializes in Chicago-style hot dogs, of course. The owner grew up in Chicago, which is home to famous hot dog stands such as Tommy Tucker, Tasty Pup, The Works, Johnnie's, Hot Dog Island and Gene & Jude's. The Chicago-style hot dog was one of the very first variations on a plain old hot dog with mustard and ketchup. It features a Vienna Beef hot dog in a poppy seed bun topped with yellow mustard, bright green relish, fresh chopped onions, juicy red tomato wedges, a kosher-style pickle spear, a couple of spicy sport peppers and a dash of celery salt. If hot dogs aren't your thing, there is plenty of other stuff on the menu, including the other sandwich that Chicago is famous four -- Italian beef.
6. There were a lot of happy Michigan transplants with American Coney Island opened at The D in Downtown Las Vegas. The famous Coney Island hot dog consist of a hot dog, a secret recipe chili, yellow mustard and onions. The hot dog itself is a specially-seasoned hot dog from Dearborn Sausage. Everything is served in a warm, steamed bun. American Coney Island opened in Detroit in 1917 after Constantine "Gust" Keros immigrated to the United States in 1903. The original restaurant is still open in downtown Detroit. The Las Vegas location is the first one outside of Michigan. The restaurants are currently being ran by the third generation of the Keros family. You can also buy American Coney Island kits online.
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7. The Haute Doggery is one of the newer hot dog places in town. It is located at The LINQ on the Las Vegas Strip. Unique hot dog options include the Gold Standard, which features smoked bacon, aged goat cheddar cheese, tomato confit, baby arugula and garlic-chive aioli; the Billionaire Dog, which is a Kobe beef frank with foie gras, port onion marmalade and truffle mayo; the Jersey Ripper which features a deep-fried frank, sweet and spicy yellow relish and onions; and the Seattle dog with a char-grilled dog, cream cheese, kraut, grilled onion, jalapeno and chili aioli. Prices start at $4.49 for a naked dog and The Billionaire is the most expensive at $10.99. Another favorite are the poutine fries with cheese curds and brown gravy.
8. Many people have described Hot Dog Heaven in Henderson as heaven indeed for a good dog. The family-owned hot dog stand is located on East Lake Mead Parkway. It is an icon in the Henderson area and always busy. The owner has been described as a little gruff but people don't seem to mind too much and they certainly love the prices. Hot Dog Heaven serves Chicago-style dogs, traditional hot dogs, and hot dogs with cheese. In addition, there is a Maxwell Street-style Polish sausage with mustard and lots of grilled onions and a kraut dog. Don't forget to bring cash. Hot Dog Heaven does not accept credit cards. There are picnic tables out front if you can't wait to get home to eat your dog.
9. Al's Beef is another import from Chicago. It opened on West Sahara Avenue back in March. Although it is probably best known for is iconic Italian beef sandwich, it is also the go-to spot for many people for authentic Chicago dogs. If Chicago style is not your style, you can order it with cheese, chili or chili cheese. Of course, they only use Vienna sausage. Al's Beef opened in Chicago in 1938 in Chicago's "Little Italy." It is now a food icon and has expanded across the country.
10. The Sin City Dogs food truck has been described as "worth the chase" by the Las Vegas Weekly. The food truck arrived on the local scene on Memorial Day Weekend of 2013 and quickly became a favorite. These are no ordinary hot dogs. They are "sinfully good" and feature toppings such as peppers and onions on the Wise Guy; sweet Caribbean Habanero sauce, pineapple and tomato on the 9th Island dog; chili, cheese, bacon and crispy onions on the Rebel Dog; and refried beans, bacon, tomato, cheese, onions, mustard mayo and jalapeno salsa on The Blvd. They post their schedule on Facebook.
11. Freddy's Frozen Custard & Steakburgers on South Eastern Avenue is best known for its steakburgers and custards, but their dogs are pretty darn good too. The hot dogs are served on a butter toasted bun and come with fries and a drink. Freddy's offers a basic hot dog, a chili cheese dog and a Chicago-style dog. You can also order a dog with a steakburger in a special combo. Freddy's offers a variety of condiments and toppings including cheese, chili, mustard/ketchup/mayo, diced onions, grilled onions, sauerkraut, pickles, relish, sports peppers, jalapenos and cheese sauce.
12. The colorful Rambo's Kitchen in the southwestern part of the valley has four dogs on its menu -- the chili foot-long dog with chili, cheddar cheese and onions; the Rambo Goes To Chicago Dog with tomatoes, onions, sweet relish, sweet peppers, 2 pickle spears and celery salt; and the Dogs Love Bacon Dog that features a hot dog wrapped in bacon; and the Rambo Dog, which is a foot-long dog topped with BBQ pulled pork, crunchy chopped homemade onion rings and choice of cheddar or slaw. The restaurant also suggests adding peanut butter for an extra 75 cents to the bacon-wrapped dog to make it "radical."
13. Curbside Cafe isn't really a cafe. It is actually a food truck, which they prefer to call "a moving culinary experience." It is currently located at Premium Outlet Mall North by the World Trade Market. The food truck specializes in gourmet burgers, but they have a pretty special hot dog too. Their hot dogs are all beef, kosher and served on freshly-baked buns by an artisan baker. The Sonoran hot dog features bacon, hot pepper cheese, salsa blanca, pico de gallo and fried jalapenos. All of their sauces and salsas are prepared fresh daily. Curbside Cafe also offers an All-American hot dog for those who aren't quite so adventurous.
Of course, there are far more than 13 places for hot dogs in Las Vegas. Other hot dogs to try in Las Vegas include Pink's on the Las Vegas Strip, Nathan's Famous at a couple of different spots, Chicago Dogs on North Rancho Drive, Gordon Ramsay BurGR's Roasted Chili Devil Dawg, and the reliable and quick Wienerschnitzel and Sonic.
Last but not least, Rockhouse in the Grand Canal Shoppes will celebrate National Hot Dog Day on July 23 with a 50 percent discount on their hot dogs: The Hot Mess with chili, cheese, sauerkraut, tomatoes, green chilis, diced onions and chipotle mayo ($15.95 regular price); The Mini-Me, three mini dogs topped with chili, cheddar cheese and dice onions ($11.95 regular price); The Classic Chili Cheese ($13.95 regular price); and The Turkey topped with coleslaw ($6.95 regular price).
JUST ADDED: Sonic is also celebrating National Hot Dog Day. They are offering $1 American and Chili Cheese Dogs all day on July 23.
7-Eleven is offering a free hot dog if they download their app and a coupon.
Please note: This list is in no particular order and no hot dogs were exchanged for placement on the list.