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South Florida’s 10 Best Hot Dogs

The American classics with distinctly Miami twists.

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Bread and sausage are a match made in heaven. Their marriage of textures and flavors is what makes the hot dogs one of America’s most popular foods and festive barbecue items. But truly, the classic makes for a perfect mobile, hand-held, meat good meal for any time of the day. For many, it is the ultimate guilty pleasure and few things are as satisfying as chowing down on one.

Miami has great spots to savor hot dogs, served plain, with regional twists, or hearty Latin toppings. Read on for the best 10 options in town.

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Hot Diggity Dogs & More

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Good ol’ fashioned hot dogs have been dished out since the 80’s at this Fort Lauderdale favorite. Guests enjoy warm and amiable service in the dog-friendly patio or can take advantage to the drive-thru option. Everything is cooked to order and items range from the all beef option and a classic Chicago-style version to a chili dog and N.Y. study with mustard, sauerkraut, and spicy red cooked onions, 

Los Perros (Multiple locations)

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Los Perros is known for it flavorful Colombian-style hot dogs on thick fluffy bread. The restaurant churns out creations such as the Poliperro, which replaces beef with lean grilled chicken breast that’s dressed up with melted mozzarella cheese, crushed potato chips, andsmothered in pineapple sauce, and a Lomiperro with chopped steak kebabs. The Miami Gardens locations serves until 1 a.m., and the Coral Point Plaza outpost until 3 a.m. 

Monster Burgers

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Diana and Julio are the entrepreneurs behind this food truck of Colombian fast food. The mobile operation roams the Miami metro area, serving communities from Haulover Park to Tropical Park an over-the-top Monster hot dog packing not only a quarter pound of beef but also crispy bacon, onions, mozzarella cheese, Monster sauces, and crushed potato chips. The food truck also shells out a Choridog, a plump, flavorful option that perfectly harmonizes the subtle sweetness of Colombian sausage with mozzarella cheese and the crunchy texture of crushed potato chips.

Dogma Grill

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This hot restaurant on Biscayne Boulevard is a great hangout spot with outdoor shady areas under tents for guests to scarf down a wide range of state-themed dogs. The Texas Tommy comes with bacon and American cheese, while a Jersey Dog is packed with grilled onions, sweet peppers, and potatoes served in an Italian roll. Dogma also turns out a Chicago iteration, loaded with yellow mustard, neon relish, chopped onions, chopped tomatoes, peppers, pickle, and a sprinkle of celery salt for maximum effect.

Five Guys

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Five Guys has built its reputation on burgers, but sizzling hot dogs are also on the menu, including Kosher-style meat tubes, and traditional choices topped with bacon, bacon cheese, or offered as a cheese dog. Pair with cajun style fries to complete the meal. 

Sweet Dogs

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The idea here is to skip the traditional hot dogs and celebrate Miami sportsmanship with bun-sausage creations topped with an endless number of enhancements. One of the real deals, the Marlins, features fried egg, sweet plantains, chopped onions, and banana peppers, crowned with guava barbecue sauce and papitas. The sizable Miami Heat comes piled high with beef chili, cheddar cheese, chopped tomato, guacamole, jalapeno, and corn chips.  

El Mago De Las Fritas

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A longstanding favorite, part of El Mago de Las Fritas’s no-frills food experience is a list of Cuban-inspired hot dogs. Highlights are the Mago Meaty, topped with ham croquetas and frita meat, and the Consuelo’s, a pulled pork iteration. 

PINCHO (Multiple locations)

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While Pincho is best known for its over-the-top burgers, don’t miss an opportunity to order up one of its hot dogs as well. Topped with applewood-smoked bacon and potato sticks, Pincho’s Dog offers a spark of tropical flavors with pineapple bits and a dash of cilantro.

Arbetter's Hot Dogs

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Dave Arbetter runs this family business, which has been serving some of the best chili dogs in the city for the past 63 years. Boiled hot dog choices range from plain with relish and hot sauce, to the Zelda with everything on it, and a mixed three-option of chili dog, all around, and mustard kraut. The highlight of the grilled, all beef Sabrett hot dogs is the Mother footlong, combining half a pound of beef with ketchup, mustard, mayo, and a variety of hot sauces. Corn dogs, fries, tots and onion rings are also on the menu, and the soul warming homemade chili, a recipe devised by Dave’s Italian-born mother Flaminia Arbetter, is topped with cheese and sold by the bowl.

Babe's Meat & Counter

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Babe’s Meat and Counter Butcher Shop is a good stop for classic hot dog lovers on a budget. The menu is short and sweet with the standout item being the Cupid Dog all-beef hot dog or pork sausage crowned with diced onions. Pair with some cheese, sauce, or sauerkraut for a more hefty meal.

Hot Diggity Dogs & More

Good ol’ fashioned hot dogs have been dished out since the 80’s at this Fort Lauderdale favorite. Guests enjoy warm and amiable service in the dog-friendly patio or can take advantage to the drive-thru option. Everything is cooked to order and items range from the all beef option and a classic Chicago-style version to a chili dog and N.Y. study with mustard, sauerkraut, and spicy red cooked onions, 

Los Perros (Multiple locations)

Los Perros is known for it flavorful Colombian-style hot dogs on thick fluffy bread. The restaurant churns out creations such as the Poliperro, which replaces beef with lean grilled chicken breast that’s dressed up with melted mozzarella cheese, crushed potato chips, andsmothered in pineapple sauce, and a Lomiperro with chopped steak kebabs. The Miami Gardens locations serves until 1 a.m., and the Coral Point Plaza outpost until 3 a.m. 

Monster Burgers

Diana and Julio are the entrepreneurs behind this food truck of Colombian fast food. The mobile operation roams the Miami metro area, serving communities from Haulover Park to Tropical Park an over-the-top Monster hot dog packing not only a quarter pound of beef but also crispy bacon, onions, mozzarella cheese, Monster sauces, and crushed potato chips. The food truck also shells out a Choridog, a plump, flavorful option that perfectly harmonizes the subtle sweetness of Colombian sausage with mozzarella cheese and the crunchy texture of crushed potato chips.

Dogma Grill

This hot restaurant on Biscayne Boulevard is a great hangout spot with outdoor shady areas under tents for guests to scarf down a wide range of state-themed dogs. The Texas Tommy comes with bacon and American cheese, while a Jersey Dog is packed with grilled onions, sweet peppers, and potatoes served in an Italian roll. Dogma also turns out a Chicago iteration, loaded with yellow mustard, neon relish, chopped onions, chopped tomatoes, peppers, pickle, and a sprinkle of celery salt for maximum effect.

Five Guys

Five Guys has built its reputation on burgers, but sizzling hot dogs are also on the menu, including Kosher-style meat tubes, and traditional choices topped with bacon, bacon cheese, or offered as a cheese dog. Pair with cajun style fries to complete the meal. 

Sweet Dogs

The idea here is to skip the traditional hot dogs and celebrate Miami sportsmanship with bun-sausage creations topped with an endless number of enhancements. One of the real deals, the Marlins, features fried egg, sweet plantains, chopped onions, and banana peppers, crowned with guava barbecue sauce and papitas. The sizable Miami Heat comes piled high with beef chili, cheddar cheese, chopped tomato, guacamole, jalapeno, and corn chips.  

El Mago De Las Fritas

A longstanding favorite, part of El Mago de Las Fritas’s no-frills food experience is a list of Cuban-inspired hot dogs. Highlights are the Mago Meaty, topped with ham croquetas and frita meat, and the Consuelo’s, a pulled pork iteration. 

PINCHO (Multiple locations)

While Pincho is best known for its over-the-top burgers, don’t miss an opportunity to order up one of its hot dogs as well. Topped with applewood-smoked bacon and potato sticks, Pincho’s Dog offers a spark of tropical flavors with pineapple bits and a dash of cilantro.

Arbetter's Hot Dogs

Dave Arbetter runs this family business, which has been serving some of the best chili dogs in the city for the past 63 years. Boiled hot dog choices range from plain with relish and hot sauce, to the Zelda with everything on it, and a mixed three-option of chili dog, all around, and mustard kraut. The highlight of the grilled, all beef Sabrett hot dogs is the Mother footlong, combining half a pound of beef with ketchup, mustard, mayo, and a variety of hot sauces. Corn dogs, fries, tots and onion rings are also on the menu, and the soul warming homemade chili, a recipe devised by Dave’s Italian-born mother Flaminia Arbetter, is topped with cheese and sold by the bowl.

Babe's Meat & Counter

Babe’s Meat and Counter Butcher Shop is a good stop for classic hot dog lovers on a budget. The menu is short and sweet with the standout item being the Cupid Dog all-beef hot dog or pork sausage crowned with diced onions. Pair with some cheese, sauce, or sauerkraut for a more hefty meal.

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