Apparently hot dogs are having their heyday, as there are now four hot dog-dedicated restaurants in Nashville and more that serve up this grilled treat. After digging into a dog at South Street, we knew we must continue the hunt for the best hot dogs in Nashville. Now South Street may still be on top, but after tracking down other options, one thing is for sure: people are very particular about how they like their hot dogs and what constitutes “the best.” Therefore, today we are highlighting places that are worthy of an outing just to try their dogs. Enjoy!
The Best Hot Dogs in Nashville
113 South 11th St., Nashville • (615) 226-2622
Hours: Monday through Thursday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Friday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. and 10 p.m. to 3 a.m.; Saturday, 10:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. and 10 p.m. to 3 a.m.; Sunday, 10:30 a.m. to 6 p.m.
This weenier in East Nashville is not your typical hot dog stand but it allows you to eat a hot dog in a setting that seems so fitting: at a picnic table outside of the VW fan from which the hot dogs are served. Perhaps this is Nashville’s original food truck — except it’s not mobile. Head to this 5 Points eatery on a pretty day and enjoy a premium all-beef, turkey or tofu weenie at one of the shared tables (you never know who you are going to meet). Afterward, walk across the street and order an ice cream cone from The Pied Piper Creamery (we highly recommend the “trailer trash” flavor!).
106 29th Ave. N., Nashville • (615) 329-9444
Monday through Thursday, 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Friday through Saturday, 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Sunday, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.
At Cori’s DogHouse, each hot dog is named after a different state, and there are 38 varieties. If you eat your way through all the states, you can get your name on the wall (and perhaps an appointment with a cardiologist, but I digress … ). This was the only purely hot dog place we found that serves beer with an impressive selection on tap. With each hot dog served on a thickly sliced piece of buttered Texas toast, we can see why hot dog lovers find their way here time and time again.
614 Ewing Ave., Nashville • (615) 255-3717
Monday through Friday, 10:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.; Saturday, 11 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Found near Eighth Avenue and Lafayette, this place is tiny with only outdoor (but covered) seating. However, Hot Diggity Dogs gets an A+ for ambience. Known for its Chicago-style dogs, this place would be just as beloved there as it is here. The dogs are note-worthy but the fries are dangerous. If you don’t want to accidentally eat the whole bag, don’t order them. Know any vegetarian dog lovers? Not only can they enjoy the fries, but also the veggie dogs.
2127 Belcourt Ave., Nashville • (615) 292-2204
Monday through Sunday, 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.
If you’re looking for a menu filled with hot dog variety, The Dog of Nashville fits the bill. Choose from 14 options, some with fun names (the Rise & Shine, which comes with an egg on top), the Y’all Dog, the Not Dog, a vegetarian option). We did you a favor and sampled four different dogs. Thankfully, we found that all are delicious: The Chi Town, Sweet Caroline, Fiery Redneck and the Barnyard, which is The Dog’s award-winning hot dog topped with pulled pork BBQ, BBQ sauce and creamy slaw. The fries are fab, and the onion rings are phenomenal.
And a few places that serve more than just hot dogs:
First Tennessee Park
Hours: open during Sounds games
We think that dogs taste their best when enjoyed at a summertime baseball game. Thanks to The Band Box, an outdoor bar and restaurant located in the right field of First Tennessee Park, you can enjoy them in this setting. The Porter Road Butcher hot dog comes topped with Yazoo Mustard, picked onions and peach relish.
907 20th Ave. S., Nashville • (615) 320-5555
Monday through Thursday, 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.; Friday through Saturday, 11 a.m. to midnight; Sunday, 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.
As noted above, South Street actually got this whole article started. In addition to raw oysters, barbecue and seafood they serve one incredible old-fashioned hot dog with melted cheese. They always say that you never forget your first true love and this holds true. At the end of our adventure, this dog still stands out as a winner in our books.
2212 Elliston Place, Nashville • (615) 915-0764
Monday through Sunday, 11 a.m. – 1 a.m.
Located next to Exit/In, Hurry Back has an indoor bar and outdoor seating. But after 5 p.m., leave the kids at home as it allows only 21 and older. The beer selection is incredible, is the perfect compliment to the place’s two hot dogs options, both of which are sourced through Porter Road Butcher. On the day we dined, they were offering a spicy chicken sausage dog and the Black Alley Dog (their traditional, all-beef dog). Each is topped with house-made relishes, so if you don’t like pickles, ask for them plain.
Don’t let summer end without enjoying one (or more) of these dogs!