The dog days of summer are among us and what better way to enjoy the hot weekends ahead than with a delicious, freshly prepared hot dog with all the fixings?
Whether you prefer the dynamic duo of just mustard and ketchup, relish in that relish life or smother on the flavour, here are 10 places across the country with top prized dogs.
The Dawg House (Fortune, NFLD)
Started by 3 local youth entrepreneurs with a love of food, The Dawg House is an award-winning stand with some very tasty dogs! It has also been featured on CBC hit show Still Standing, which explores Canada’s small town hidden gems with host Jonny Harris.
Stop by for your regular Jumbo Dawg or an ooey-gooey Cheese Sausage Dawg.
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9 Elford Street, Fortune, Newfoundland and Labrador, A0E 1P0.
The Chip Shack (Charlottetown, PEI)
Run by PEI’s Queen of Fries, The Chip Shack offers locals PEI fries, fish & chips, lobster rolls and, of course, amazing dogs.
Enjoy a traditional Hot Dog & Fries for $6 or go for the popular Pulled Pork Dog for $7. PEI Sausage is also available.
2 Great George Street, Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island, C1A 4K6.
Hali Deli (Halifax, NS)
An “Old World Delicatessen” known for its Jewish home cooking-inspired recipes, Hali Deli is a family-owned staple that has even been featured on Food Network’s You Gotta Eat Here!
Try their Hali Dog, a quarter pound all-beef hot dog made with melted swiss cheese, caramelized onions, hot pepper relish and sauerkraut.
2389 Agricola Street, Halifax, Nova Scotia, B3K 4B8. @hfxdeli
JJ’s Diner (Sussex, NB)
A 1950’s-style diner, JJ’s Diner is a family friendly destination with a focus on good ol’ home cooking and serving old fashioned classics.
Visit JJ’s for a delectable Hot Dog and one of their yummy sides like baked or mashed potatoes, onion rings, rice pilaf, tossed salad, French fries or veggies. Kids’ meals are also available.
216 Roachville Road, Sussex, New Brunswick, E4E 5L6.
Chez Tousignant (Montreal, QC)
One of Montreal’s best retro-style establishments with upleveled fast food options, Chez Tousignant fans never stop raving about needing their next fix of Chez’s menu features, from the poutines to the burgers to the hot dogs.
Indulge in the Tousignant Hot Dog, covered in bacon, melted cheese and pickle slices.
6956 Drolet St, Montreal, Quebec H2S 2T3. @cheztousignant
WVRST (Toronto, ON)
Offering takeout from their location in Toronto’s Fashion District, WVRST requires multiple visits because you can’t only try just one of their premium dogs!
Feeling experimental? Ask about their Currywvrst Style Game Sausages made from duck, venison, rabbit, kangaroo, lamb, harissa, wild boar or bison.
Traditional Sausages are also available in calabrese, kielbasa, Italian, kaas and bratwurst.
Vegans and vegetarians are also invited to order their Beyond Sausage sandwich features.
609 King Street West, Toronto, Ontario, M5V 1M5. @wvrst
Charley B’s (Winkler, MB)
A locally-owned classic grill with a focus on Manitoba-sourced ingredients, Charley B’s is (city’s) go-to for classic yet “local farm fresh” grub.
Hot dog options include the Amigo Dog (wrapped in a deep fried tortilla shell), Classic Dogs, Bacon Cheese Dogs, Chili Cheese Dogs, Munchkin (mini) Dogs and the Hound Dog (bacon-wrapped with ketchup, mustard, raw onions, mayo, cheddar and Charley chili).
850 Main Street, Winkler, Manitoba, R6W 1A8. @charley_bs
Fatburger Canada (Saskatoon, SK)
Canadian owned and operated since 2005, Fatburger knows more than just burgers – their hot dogs are divine.
Opt for their Bacon & Cheese Hot Dog topped with maple bacon, a Chili Cheese Hot Dog with chili and Canadian cheddar cheese or their All Dressed Hot Dog that comes fully loaded.
Photo Credit: Germaine Wong
It’Dog (Edmonton, AB)
A small Asian-inspired establishment just east of the University of Alberta, It’Dog is popular for their fried chicken, poutine and hot dogs.
In fact, they have 11 Hot Dogs to choose from including the Truffle Mac and Cheese Dog, the Butter Chicken Dog and the Hardcore Dog (with spicy ground beef, cucumber, sriracha, spicy jalapeno and red chili pepper).
8621 109 St NW, Edmonton, Alberta, T6G 1E7.
What’s Up? Hot Dog! (Vancouver, BC)
Open since 2015, this punk rock restaurant offers not only hot dogs for takeout but also in-house entertainment including loud tunes, movie nights when it snows, sports when its sunny and pinball machines for your own entertainment. Basically, it’s a cozy comfort food go-to for BC music enthusiasts, meat eaters and vegans alike. Just ask Green Day’s Billie Joe Armstrong.
Ready to rock out with some crazy dogs? Order their Wrigley Field (Chicago-style with sport peppers, pickles, onions, tomato, mustard and relish), Matt & She’s in vegan or non-vegan (with mac and cheese, bacon bits, green onions and black pepper) or the Hot Sauceman (with feta, mayo, hot sauce, banana peppers and deep fried jalapeno).
2481 East Hastings Street, Vancouver, BC, V5K 1Y8. @whatsuphotdogvan