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A Handy Guide to Hot Dogs in South Florida

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Do you trust people who don't like hot dogs? Do you not like hot dogs yourself, and now don't know if you can be trusted? Judgement aside, the art of a well-crafted hot dog is a respectable skill. Whether you're eating 50 against a clock, or enjoying a chili dog at a baseball game, hot dogs are a staple of American culture that can be modified to any and every occasion. Without further ado, where to get your hot dog fix in South Florida.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Arbetter Hot Dogs

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8747 SW 40th St
Miami, FL 33165
(305) 207-0555
Arbetter's has been around longer than you have, and its hot dogs still hold up. It's been serving nothing but hot dogs, fries, corn dogs and soda since the 50s. So if you're in the mood for no fancy business, and just the cheesiest traditional chili dogs and fries ever, Arbetter's is your answer.

2. Dogma

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7030 Biscayne Blvd
Miami, FL 33138
(305) 759-3433
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Dogma grill calls itself "Miami's Favorite Hot Dog and Grill," and it's probably because they offer a big enough variety of toppings (13) that can be endlessly combined to satisfy every person in Miami. The menu boasts 18 "specialty dogs" and you can choose from all beef franks, to turkey, to smoked Polish sausage to Italian sausage.

3. El Mago de las Fritas

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5828 SW 8th St
West Miami, FL 33144
(305) 266-8486
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El Mago may specialize in fritas, but its hot dogs scream "Cuba" just as loud. The Perro is nestled in a warm bun and topped with potato strings and sauces. Simple but effective, just like its frita cousin.

4. Este Es Mucho Perro

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8120
Pembroke Pines, FL 33024
(954) 438-6531
Disclaimer: The 2:1 ratio of Colombian to Venezuelan hot dogs in this list is due to this one's Pembroke Pines location. Just to be fair.

Non-Spanish speakers might wonder why so many words for the name of a restaurant? It translates directly to "This is a lot of dog," and it's a reflection of the customer's initial impression of anything on the menu.

5. Joe's Famous Hot Dogs• Burgers & More

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Joe's knows that sometimes people don't pack enough snacks for their trip to the Keys. His truck is strategically located so you can make the necessary pit stop as soon as you realize you're hungry. You can have your frank grilled or fried and choose from the six specialties, including a bacon wrapped dog or a dog smothered in chili, or both, it's a long drive.

6. Los Verdes

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2426 SW 137th Ave
Miami, FL 33175
(786) 346-7433
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In every hot dog list there must be one Venezuelan and one Colombian restaurant. The war on whose is better is never ending, but there's no debate on which one would satisfy a 3 AM craving, because if you're having hot dogs at 3 AM you're not worried about where they're from. Los Verdes is always there to cater to nightcrawlers with its loaded Colombian dogs, burgers and fries.

7. Miami Smokers

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306 NW 27th Ave
Miami, FL 33125
(786) 520-5420
You can be sure that a smokehouse will deliver a good hot dog. Miami Smokers calls its hot dogs "sausage sandwiches," because they're not a bunch of 5-year-olds. Pictured below is the Thai. It's a spicy Thai sausage with cilantro, pickled cucumbers, carrots, onions, spicy mayo and crushed nuts. All sausages are served on a baguette, and for an extra $3 you can wrap it in bacon.

8. Pepitos

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5800 NW 107th Ave
Doral, FL 33178
If you're a resident of Doralzuela, you're on a first-name basis with Pepitos. If not, Pepito's Plaza is a gas station food joint where you'll find all the Venezuelan street foods served until 5 AM. Everything is topped with all the toppings, including the hot dogs, which are smothered in sauces, parmesan cheese, lettuce, potato sticks and the optional avocado. If you manage to still see the sausage despite the toppings, you might need to add more sauce from the sauce bar.

9. Pincho Factory

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30-32 Giralda Ave
Coral Gables, FL 33134
(305) 446-5666
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The Kosher beef dogs at Pincho Factory make you feel like a grown-up in denial at a kids party. The Fritanga dog, inspired by Fatgirlhedonist, brings a slice of fried cheese, cabbage slaw & crema. The Cartel dog (pictured below) comes with chopped bacon, cheddar cheese, mango sauce, potato sticks and Pincho's secret pink sauce.

10. Shake Shack

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1111 Lincoln Rd
Miami Beach, FL 33139
(305) 434-7787
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If three Shackburgers still leave you hungry, is it time for a fourth Shackburger, or a hot dog? Shake Shack's franks are made with natural Vienna beef and served in non-GMO potato buns. There's also an apple and sage sausage dog served with Shake Shack chicken.

11. Sweet Dogs 305

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4749 SW 8th St
Coral Gables, FL 33134
(305) 448-4900
There's a reason why Sweet Dogs was the number one rated restaurant in Miami on Yelp last year, and it's not because Miami loves hot dogs, it's because Sweet Dogs loves Miami. There's a hot dog for every local sports team, including The Heat, topped with beef chili, cheddar cheese, guac, jalapeños and corn chips; and The Dolphins (pictured below), topped with grilled ham, smoked bacon, mozzarella, pineapple and papitas.

1. Arbetter Hot Dogs

8747 SW 40th St, Miami, FL 33165
Arbetter's has been around longer than you have, and its hot dogs still hold up. It's been serving nothing but hot dogs, fries, corn dogs and soda since the 50s. So if you're in the mood for no fancy business, and just the cheesiest traditional chili dogs and fries ever, Arbetter's is your answer.
8747 SW 40th St
Miami, FL 33165

2. Dogma

7030 Biscayne Blvd, Miami, FL 33138
Dogma grill calls itself "Miami's Favorite Hot Dog and Grill," and it's probably because they offer a big enough variety of toppings (13) that can be endlessly combined to satisfy every person in Miami. The menu boasts 18 "specialty dogs" and you can choose from all beef franks, to turkey, to smoked Polish sausage to Italian sausage.
7030 Biscayne Blvd
Miami, FL 33138

3. El Mago de las Fritas

5828 SW 8th St, West Miami, FL 33144
El Mago may specialize in fritas, but its hot dogs scream "Cuba" just as loud. The Perro is nestled in a warm bun and topped with potato strings and sauces. Simple but effective, just like its frita cousin.
5828 SW 8th St
West Miami, FL 33144

4. Este Es Mucho Perro

8120, Pembroke Pines, FL 33024
Disclaimer: The 2:1 ratio of Colombian to Venezuelan hot dogs in this list is due to this one's Pembroke Pines location. Just to be fair.

Non-Spanish speakers might wonder why so many words for the name of a restaurant? It translates directly to "This is a lot of dog," and it's a reflection of the customer's initial impression of anything on the menu.
8120
Pembroke Pines, FL 33024

5. Joe's Famous Hot Dogs• Burgers & More

Florida City, FL 33034
Joe's knows that sometimes people don't pack enough snacks for their trip to the Keys. His truck is strategically located so you can make the necessary pit stop as soon as you realize you're hungry. You can have your frank grilled or fried and choose from the six specialties, including a bacon wrapped dog or a dog smothered in chili, or both, it's a long drive.

6. Los Verdes

2426 SW 137th Ave, Miami, FL 33175
In every hot dog list there must be one Venezuelan and one Colombian restaurant. The war on whose is better is never ending, but there's no debate on which one would satisfy a 3 AM craving, because if you're having hot dogs at 3 AM you're not worried about where they're from. Los Verdes is always there to cater to nightcrawlers with its loaded Colombian dogs, burgers and fries.
2426 SW 137th Ave
Miami, FL 33175

7. Miami Smokers

306 NW 27th Ave, Miami, FL 33125
You can be sure that a smokehouse will deliver a good hot dog. Miami Smokers calls its hot dogs "sausage sandwiches," because they're not a bunch of 5-year-olds. Pictured below is the Thai. It's a spicy Thai sausage with cilantro, pickled cucumbers, carrots, onions, spicy mayo and crushed nuts. All sausages are served on a baguette, and for an extra $3 you can wrap it in bacon.
306 NW 27th Ave
Miami, FL 33125

8. Pepitos

5800 NW 107th Ave, Doral, FL 33178
If you're a resident of Doralzuela, you're on a first-name basis with Pepitos. If not, Pepito's Plaza is a gas station food joint where you'll find all the Venezuelan street foods served until 5 AM. Everything is topped with all the toppings, including the hot dogs, which are smothered in sauces, parmesan cheese, lettuce, potato sticks and the optional avocado. If you manage to still see the sausage despite the toppings, you might need to add more sauce from the sauce bar.
5800 NW 107th Ave
Doral, FL 33178

9. Pincho Factory

30-32 Giralda Ave, Coral Gables, FL 33134
The Kosher beef dogs at Pincho Factory make you feel like a grown-up in denial at a kids party. The Fritanga dog, inspired by Fatgirlhedonist, brings a slice of fried cheese, cabbage slaw & crema. The Cartel dog (pictured below) comes with chopped bacon, cheddar cheese, mango sauce, potato sticks and Pincho's secret pink sauce.
30-32 Giralda Ave
Coral Gables, FL 33134

10. Shake Shack

1111 Lincoln Rd, Miami Beach, FL 33139
If three Shackburgers still leave you hungry, is it time for a fourth Shackburger, or a hot dog? Shake Shack's franks are made with natural Vienna beef and served in non-GMO potato buns. There's also an apple and sage sausage dog served with Shake Shack chicken.
1111 Lincoln Rd
Miami Beach, FL 33139

11. Sweet Dogs 305

4749 SW 8th St, Coral Gables, FL 33134
There's a reason why Sweet Dogs was the number one rated restaurant in Miami on Yelp last year, and it's not because Miami loves hot dogs, it's because Sweet Dogs loves Miami. There's a hot dog for every local sports team, including The Heat, topped with beef chili, cheddar cheese, guac, jalapeños and corn chips; and The Dolphins (pictured below), topped with grilled ham, smoked bacon, mozzarella, pineapple and papitas.
4749 SW 8th St
Coral Gables, FL 33134

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