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Where to Order the Most Extreme Hot Dogs Across the Country

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Fun on a Bun

We all know there are tons of places coast to coast to sink your teeth into a juicy burger, but let's not forget to pay homage to our other favorite cookout classic — the hot dog. And we're not talking your standard dog with ketchup and mustard — we're talking some of the craziest creations to ever grace a bun. Here are spots around the country that prove you can definitely teach old dogs new tricks.

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Moon Tower Inn
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Moon Tower Inn

Houston
Hot dogs aren't the only draw here — craft beer lovers will also be well served at this brew pub with a laid-back outdoor eating area. But let's talk hot dogs, or as Moon Tower bills them, "wild game wieners." Choose from exotic options such as duck with apple brandy or wild boar with garlic, marsala, and provolone — all are served on plump pretzel buns. Elk, buffalo, lamb, pheasant, rabbit, deer and lamb hot dogs are also on the menu.

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Buldogis
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Buldogis

Las Vegas
If you're into classic food with an exotic twist, check out Sin City's Buldogis, which prides itself on serving up quarter-pound hot dogs with Korean flair. The namesake dog is topped with spicy beef bulgogi, Asian slaw, green onions, sesame seeds, and the restaurant's aioli; you can also go for the Gang Nam, topped with roast pork belly, cucumber, nori flakes, sesame seeds, and chili sauce.

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Hillbilly Hot Dogs
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Hillbilly Hot Dogs

Lesage, West Virginia
The atmosphere at Hillbilly Hot Dogs is as unique as the menu: You can eat in a rambling shack with license plates and graffiti all over the walls, or down your meal in an old school bus. You can even hold a "Weenie Weddin' " at the chapel. As for the weenies themselves, they range from classic to crazy and include plenty of chili sauce and deep-fried options. The king of the menu is the 15-inch, 1-pound Homewrecker, with jalapeños, peppers, onions, nacho cheese, habanero, chili sauce, mustard, lettuce, slaw, tomato, and shredded cheese. Godspeed.

Dirty Frank's Hot Dog Palace
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Dirty Frank's Hot Dog Palace

Columbus, Ohio
It's almost worth a trip to Dirty Frank's just for the "Ask Me About My Wiener" shirts. But this joint is popular for way more than its sense of humor. There are hand-cut fries, "tot-chos" (a mashup of tater tots and nachos), mac and cheese bites, and specialty hot dogs for days. Some of the more off-beat options include the Classy Lady, with cheese sauce and crushed potato chip or Cowgirl Carmen, with swaps in crushed Fritos; the Dog From 2020 (Dog From Hell), with "satanically spicy Giardiniera, red pepper flakes, and soothing cream cheese"; and the Archie's Big Boston, with baked beans, onion, and cheddar.

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Victory Dogs
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Victory Dogs

Medford, Oregon
Dedicated carnivores will want to take a detour off Interstate 5 in southern Oregon and seek out this downtown hot dog stand. At Victory Dogs, the specialty is hot dogs topped with other kinds of meat, which means stomach-busting creations such as the Meat Apocalypse, which is two hot dogs topped with salami, pepperoni, pulled pork, pastrami, ham, roast beef, capicola, meatballs, bacon, cheddar, swiss, and mozzarella. Not enough meat? The Crack'in is two hot dogs topped with German sausage, a Louisiana hot link, salami, pastrami, pepperoni, capicola, pulled pork, roast beef, sausage, meatballs, ham, bacon, cheddar, swiss, and mozzarella.

Pink's
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Pink's

Los Angeles
This Hollywood institution has been slinging hot dogs since 1939, when it started as a pushcart selling dogs for a dime and sodas for a nickel. Today, it's still going strong, with a star-studded clientele, some 20 locations across the country, and lines out the door. You can opt for a chili dog given the nostalgia factor, but there are zanier options. They include the Pastrami Burrito Dog, a tortilla wrapped around two hot dogs with grilled pastrami, Swiss cheese, chili, and onions; and the El Mandril, a foot-long dog with grilled onions, guacamole, lettuce, tomatoes, jalapeños, and bacon.

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Destination Dogs
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Destination Dogs

Philadelphia and New Brunswick, New Jersey
The menu at Destination Dogs is all about international flair, and if you're a frequent traveler who knows your airport codes, you can place your order even faster. The Bite in Bangkok (BKK) features python sausage, cucumber salad, pepper jelly, crushed peanuts and cilantro; the Charles Dog Gaulle (CDG) includes duck sausage, duck confit, shaved foie gras, cornichons, red onions, Dijon mustard, and scallions.

Vic the Chili Man
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Vic the Chili Man

Charlotte, North Carolina
Vic the Chili Man isn't shy about self-promotion. The cart's website proclaims it has "single-handedly transformed the entire world of street meat," and many Yelpers agree, raving despite the waits to sample the goods. Try the Heroin Dog, made with grilled cheddar, chili, taco juice, barbecue sauce, and onions, or opt for the popular Frito Pie Dog, which swaps out the barbecue sauce in favor of garlic and onion sour cream, and adds jalapeños and crushed chili and cheese Fritos.

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Dat Dog
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Dat Dog

New Orleans
These wacky gourmet dogs have inspired a devoted following and tons of good press in a relatively short time, and the menu at this chain with three locations even has plenty of vegan options — not exactly common for a hot dog joint. Go all in on N'awlins flavor with the Crawfish Etouffee Dog, made with crawfish sausage, crawfish etouffee, sour cream, onions, tomatoes, and Creole mustard; or the Son of a Saint, alligator sausage topped with grilled onions, tomatoes, jalapeños, Creole mustard, barbecue sauce, and bacon. We wouldn't exactly mind if Dat Dog popped up on our home turf.

Crif Dogs
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Crif Dogs

New York City
For close to 20 years, Crif Dogs has been satisfying patrons' late-night munchies at its dives in Brooklyn and the East Village. The latter location even boasts a secret entry to a speakeasy where you used to be able to enjoy a hot dog with your cocktail. Signature dogs include the Garden State, wrapped in Taylor ham and topped with pepperoncini and American cheese; there's also the bacon-wrapped Lil Ma, slathered with peanut butter, pickles, and crushed potato chips.

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Happy Dog
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Happy Dog

Cleveland
Happy Dog bills itself as "a neighborhood corner bar," but it's also made a national name for itself with its build-your-own hot dogs, limited only by patrons' creativity. There are 50 toppings that include sloppy joe meat, beer-cheese fondue, fried eggs, Spaghetti-Os, Froot Loops, Cheetos, coleslaw, black truffle honey mustard and much, much more.

Red Top Dogs
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Red Top Dogs

Louisville, Kentucky
At Red Top, hot dogs are all about high-quality meats, with options including grass-fed beef, wild boar sausage, and pheasant sausage. The Black & Blue includes blue cheese spread, bourbon grilled onions, smoked bacon, and blackberry jam. The Tatanka is bison sausage, cheddar beer cheese, French-fried onions, pepper veggie relish and horseradish cream on a pretzel bun.

Hank's Haute Dogs
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Hank's Haute Dogs

Honolulu and Lahaina, Hawaii
Hank's, founded by a Hawaiian restaurateur who already conquered fine dining, has received plenty of acclaim, including shout-outs from Food Network's "Diners, Drive-ins and Dives" and the Travel Channel's "Man vs. Food." Gourmet twists are evident everywhere from the meat (wagyu and lobster dogs are sometimes on the menu) to sides and desserts (you can try a white-truffle mac and cheese or crème brûlée). Hot dogs include the Hawaiian, made with Portuguese sausage, mango mustard, and pineapple relish; and the Lobster Fat Boy, a bacon-wrapped lobster dog that's deep-fried and topped with garlic aioli, tomato, and lettuce.

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DogMahal
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DogMahal

Grand Forks, North Dakota
It would be easy to pass by this squat brick building, but DogMahal boasts some of the most creative hot dogs in the Dakotas. Though the menu looks relatively tame, flip it over to reveal "The Other Menu," where the restaurant's most creative choices lie in wait. You're practically to Canada, so this is a fitting place to try the Poutine Weenie, a quarter-pound beef frank topped with fries, gravy, and cheddar cheese curds. There's also the Chester Fester, topped with chili, mac and cheese, and "a heap of Cheetos."

Vicious Dogs
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Vicious Dogs

North Hollywood, California
If the hot dogs at Pink's just aren't extreme enough for you, take a short trip north to Vicious Dogs. It might not be as famous, but this hot-dog shop makes up for it with a dizzying array of choices, whether you're going to stick with the classics or go nuts with something new. The Krusty Crab Dog is a bacon-wrapped dog topped with a chili glaze, grilled onions and peppers, a crab patty, and tartar sauce. Or tickle your sweet tooth with the Peanut Butter Dog, which also features a bacon-wrapped dog but slathers it in peanut butter and your choice of strawberry jelly, chocolate candies, or bananas and honey.

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Harley's
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Harley's

Littleton, Colorado
This strip-mall joint proclaims a "hot dog revolution" with its made-to-order options. Not feeling a regular beef hot dog? You can also choose from andouille, Italian, or Polish sausage; and a chipotle buffalo brat, a veggie dog, or a chorizo dog. Get a taste of the Mediterranean in the Rockies with the Toga Dog, a beef hot dog topped with lamb, beef, gyro seasoning, lettuce, onion, tomato, and tzatziki sauce. Or opt for the Italian-inspired Eddie Spaghetti, an Italian sausage in a garlic bun topped with pasta, marinara, and mozzarella.

Zombie Dogz
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Zombie Dogz

Dayton, Ohio
They might not be serving brains, but Zombie Dogz stays true to its unique niche, "a marriage of horror and hot dogs." What started as a food truck has expanded to a bricks-and-mortar store that courts students when the nearby University of Dayton is in session and hot dog lovers from all over the city. (The storefront remains closed for coronavirus; the food truck schedule was nearing an announcement as of early to mid-July.) Try the Dead Dixie, which is topped with green apples, blue cheese, bacon, and barbecue sauce. Or kick it up a notch with the Nightmare on Brown Street, with diced jalapeños, jalapeño cream cheese, strawberry jam and Panko bread crumbs.

D's SixPax & Dogz
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D's SixPax & Dogz

Pittsburgh
This Steel City favorite, open since 1999, began with a humble aim — to be the go-to neighborhood joint for a beer and a hot dog. It succeeded in a big way, selling more than 1,000 bottled beers and more than two dozen drafts, and a robust hot-dog menu with build-your-own and specialty options. The latter include the Hot Valentine, topped with sweet potato fries and sriracha slaw. Give it some extra zing by requesting a scorpion dog, made with cheddar, jalapeño, and kielbasa.

International House of Hot Dogs
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International House of Hot Dogs

Anchorage, Alaska
This modest trailer with outdoor seating is a beloved spot for a casual bite in chilly Anchorage, and as its name suggests, its menu draws inspiration from far-flung places. Still, it doesn't completely abandon its Alaskan roots: The McKinley dog is reindeer sausage with sautéed onions and chipotle crème; there's also the Denali, which subs in buffalo sausage. The most adventurous option might be the Frankenstein, made with a bacon-wrapped beef dog that's topped with cream cheese, sautéed onions, sautéed ham and bacon, pineapple, mustard, and chipotle crème.

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