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25 Hot Dogs to Eat Around Boston This Summer

Embrace hot dog season with this must-eat list of old favorites, newcomers, and seasonal specials that will disappear before long

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Hot dogs are the perfect portable meal, a blank canvas upon which to put almost limitless condiments, and Boston has plenty of options. Here's your to-eat list for the summer, from classics to over-the-top showstoppers.

Note: Map points are listed in alphabetical order, not ranked.

This map is updated periodically; the date of the most recent update appears above. Originally published on June 23, 2015.

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Boston Hot Dog Company

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If you grab one of the few seats at this cozy Salem hot dog joint, you can pay after you finish eating. Dogs come steamed or grilled, served on a grilled, buttered roll, with a wide variety of toppings. Most selections are under $4. There are also several varieties of veggie dogs available.

Thai dog at Boston Hot Dog Company/Rachel Leah Blumenthal for Eater

Brass Union

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The choripán, an Argentinean-style hot dog, stuffs chorizo into a Portuguese bun with chimichurri ($6). There's also a kobe beef hot dog with pickled red cabbage and mustard ($8).

Bronwyn

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Bronwyn's "Brondog" ($12) is a frankfurter topped with chili, comté cheese, ketchup, and mustard, served on a pretzel roll. There are usually a variety of other sausage-related options on the menu as well, such as a footlong bratwurst ($19) with sauerkraut, potatoes, and mustard. Plus, from July 18 through July 23, 2017, Bronwyn is celebrating "Hot Dog Week" with a different hot dog served each night.

Bukowski Tavern

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Bukowski offers a standard dog, served on a toasted bun ($6.95 for a single, $8.95 for twin dogs); a veggie dog on a toasted bun ($6.95/$8.95); the six-foot goddess — a foot-long with Texas chili, cheese, and cilantro green goddess ($12.95); and the Chicago — poppyseed bun, relish, sport peppers, mustard, tomato, and pickle ($8.95/$12.95). All dogs come with a choice of fries, tots, salad, or vegetable. Add chili or "all the bacons" for $2.95.

The Six-Foot Goddess at Bukowski Tavern The Six-Foot Goddess at Bukowski Tavern/Facebook

Deep Ellum

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Work your way through Deep Ellum's excellent beer list while devouring a kimchi dog or two. It's a Pearl hot dog with house-made kimchi and hot mustard ($7).

El Pelon Taqueria

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Keep an eye out for El Pelon's Sonoran hot dog special ($5.75), which generally makes summertime appearances. It's a hot dog wrapped in bacon and topped with guacamilillo (a spicier, thinner guacamole), spicy mayo, yellow mustard, and a sprinkling of more bacon.

Formaggio Kitchen Sidewalk Barbecue

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Formaggio Kitchen's seasonal sidewalk barbecue runs every Saturday, starting at 11 a.m., from late March through October. There are two hot dog options, both 100% beef — a Niman Ranch quarter-pounder served on brioche ($5) and a Pearl half-pounder served in a hollowed-out Iggy's baguette ($9).

Fred's Franks

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This hot dog trailer is home of the "shnurble," an all-beef Pearl quarter-pound hot dog with chourico, cabbage, mayo, and house "Sirachababa" sauce. The shnurble also comes in jumbo and super sizes.

Hojoko's "doggzilla" ($13) is a smoky hot dog wrapped in bacon and topped with pickled jalapeno, American cheese, kabayaki sauce, and bonito flakes. Served with fries.

Jacob Wirth Restaurant

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Save money; eat hot dogs. They're just 25 cents each on Tuesday nights (dine-in only). The rest of the week, try bratwurst in several preparations; for example, there's grilled smoke bratwurst with onions and mustard seed for $11.95.

Lone Star Taco Bar

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The East Cambridge location of Lone Star takes a Pearl hot dog, wraps it in bacon, and tops it with refried beans, Longhorn cheese, roasted salsa, chipotle mustard, and crema. This Sonoran dog goes for $8.

Mei Mei

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Mei Mei takes the humble hot dog up a notch with scallion pancakes instead of a standard bun. The kimchi dog ($8, available at lunch) features a Piggery Farm beef-and-pork dog, Hawthorne Valley kimchi, and Sriracha aioli.

Take your hot dog eating up a few notches with Menton's foie gras frankfurter, available at the restaurant's ritzy Gold Bar for $24. Served with chips.

Wayne E. Chinnock for Menton

Publico Street Bistro

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Publico's "perrito caliente" ($7) is a Kayem dog topped with poblano chili, pineapple salsa, bacon, and lime mayo.

Perrito caliente Brian Samuels for Publico

Rubi's Hot Dogs

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"The hidden hot dog joint inside the packie." Have you ever gotten hungry while shopping for liquor? Head to Huntington Wine & Spirits, and you'll find Rubi's Hot Dogs inside, serving up Kayem franks and root beer, cream soda, and orange soda. Open 11:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. weekdays.

Saus Restaurant

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They're not exactly hot dogs, but Saus' friks — beef and pork sausages, served on Iggy's brioche — will fill your craving and then some. They come in a few different varieties, including the double cheddar (sharp cheddar and cheddar Duvel; $8.50).

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Simco's

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This Mattapan standby, which has been open for many decades, specializes in all-beef foot-longs. There's also fried seafood and more. Cash only. Open until 1 a.m. daily.

Simco's Yelp/Shana S.

Spike's Junkyard Dogs

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Served in big, thick buns, these all-beef dogs come with a variety of toppings. The classic Junkyard dog is served with mustard, tomato, pickle, hot pepper rings, and scallions, for example, while the Texas Ranger is topped with barbecue sauce, bacon, and cheddar. There's another Massachusetts location at the Emerald Square Mall in North Attleboro, as well as three in Rhode Island.

Sullivan's

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A Southie classic for more than 60 years, this seasonal spot on Castle Island offers up hot dogs for just $1.90 (and other cheap grill items, as well as seafood and ice cream).

Tasty Burger

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Sure, the focus may be on the burgers here, but this growing local chain knows a thing or two about a good hot dog as well. The all-beef dogs come on a toasted bun, starting at $2.99; add-ons include chili and sauerkraut for $1 each.

The Automatic

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Keep it simple with a plain all-beef Pearl frank in a New England-style bun ($6.5) or dress it up in a variety of ways. Add $1.50 to make it a "messy dog" with chili, onions, and cheese; $1.50 for a "green dog" ("drag it through the garden, Chicago-style); or $2 for an "atomic dog" with chili, cheese, onions, and fiery Inner Beauty hot sauce.

Chicago-style dog at the Automatic Green dog at the Automatic

The Bacon Truck

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The Bacon Truck serves up deep-fried, bacon-wrapped hot dogs as an occasional special; keep an eye on the adorable pink truck's Twitter feed to find out if today is your lucky day.

The Lower Depths

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This Kenmore Square comfort food den recently got rid of its extensive selection of hot dogs in favor of a taco-focused menu, but you can still get a beef dog or veggie dog with beans and cheese ($4.95). Throw in a basket of tots for good measure. (Keep an eye out for specials, such as this Sonoran dog.)

Trina's Starlite Lounge

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Fun cocktails, simple griddled dogs on toasted buns ($5), and plenty of other comfort food. Also in the dog family, there are chili cheese dogs, corn dogs, and an ever-changing dog of the day.

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Worden Hall

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Choose from the kobe beef Chi Town dog (napa slaw, pickled mustard seeds, and Sriracha mustard) and the chorizo dog (pickled slaw, poblano mustard, queso fresco, and crispy potato), $8 each.

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Boston Hot Dog Company

Thai dog at Boston Hot Dog Company/Rachel Leah Blumenthal for Eater

If you grab one of the few seats at this cozy Salem hot dog joint, you can pay after you finish eating. Dogs come steamed or grilled, served on a grilled, buttered roll, with a wide variety of toppings. Most selections are under $4. There are also several varieties of veggie dogs available.

Thai dog at Boston Hot Dog Company/Rachel Leah Blumenthal for Eater

Brass Union

The choripán, an Argentinean-style hot dog, stuffs chorizo into a Portuguese bun with chimichurri ($6). There's also a kobe beef hot dog with pickled red cabbage and mustard ($8).

Bronwyn

Bronwyn's "Brondog" ($12) is a frankfurter topped with chili, comté cheese, ketchup, and mustard, served on a pretzel roll. There are usually a variety of other sausage-related options on the menu as well, such as a footlong bratwurst ($19) with sauerkraut, potatoes, and mustard. Plus, from July 18 through July 23, 2017, Bronwyn is celebrating "Hot Dog Week" with a different hot dog served each night.

Bukowski Tavern

The Six-Foot Goddess at Bukowski Tavern The Six-Foot Goddess at Bukowski Tavern/Facebook

Bukowski offers a standard dog, served on a toasted bun ($6.95 for a single, $8.95 for twin dogs); a veggie dog on a toasted bun ($6.95/$8.95); the six-foot goddess — a foot-long with Texas chili, cheese, and cilantro green goddess ($12.95); and the Chicago — poppyseed bun, relish, sport peppers, mustard, tomato, and pickle ($8.95/$12.95). All dogs come with a choice of fries, tots, salad, or vegetable. Add chili or "all the bacons" for $2.95.

The Six-Foot Goddess at Bukowski Tavern The Six-Foot Goddess at Bukowski Tavern/Facebook

Deep Ellum

Work your way through Deep Ellum's excellent beer list while devouring a kimchi dog or two. It's a Pearl hot dog with house-made kimchi and hot mustard ($7).

El Pelon Taqueria