America's Most Extreme Hot Dogs
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Where to Find the Most Extreme Hot Dogs Across the Country

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America's Most Extreme Hot Dogs
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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 20 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 like 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.

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 Buldogi 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.

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 jalapenos, 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 Weiner" 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 Hot Bollywood, with spicy mango chutney and red pepper flakes; the Doginator, wrapped in bacon and topped with brisket, barbecue sauce, cheddar and onion rings; and the Picnic Table, smothered with baked beans, cabbage, carrot mustard law, relish, and crushed potato chips.

Victory Dogs
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Victory Dogs

Medford, Oregon
Dedicated carnivores will definitely want to take a detour off I-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 like 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 push cart selling dogs for a dime and sodas for a nickel. Today, it's still going strong, with a star-studded clientele, 15 locations across the country, and lines out the door. You can opt for a chili dog given the nostalgia factor, but there are also 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 footlong jalapeno dog with grilled onions, guacamole, lettuce, tomatoes, jalapenos, and bacon.

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 Underdog (SYD), is a nod to Australia and comes with kangaroo sausage, frizzled onions and vegemite aioli. One Bite in Bangkok (BKK) features python sausage, cucumber salad, pepper jelly, crushed peanuts and cilantro.

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. His website proclaims that he has "single-handedly transformed the entire world of street meat, and usually hard-to-impress Yelpers agree, giving him raves despite the fact that there's almost always a line at his Uptown Charlotte cart. 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 jalapenos and crushed chili and cheese Fritos.

Dogs N Frys
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Dogs N Frys

Florissant, Missouri
As its name suggests, this suburban St. Louis joint has two things on its menu: Hot dogs and fries. Devotees say it does both very well, and creative options are in no short supply. The fries even come in dessert varieties topped with ice cream or s'mores toppings. As for hot dogs, you can down a Peanut Butter Jelly Dog wrapped in turkey bacon, topped with caramelized onions and slathered in a PB&J sauce; there's also the T-Rav, with queso cheese, marinara, toasted raviolis and oregano.

Related: 26 Outrageous French Fries You Need to Try

Dat Dog
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Dat Dog

New Orleans
This growing chain now counts five locations, and we wouldn't exactly mind if this local favorite popped up on our home turf. That's because its wacky gourmet dogs have inspired a devoted following and tons of good press in its relatively short existence, and the menu 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, jalapenos, Creole mustard, barbecue sauce, and bacon.

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 can enjoy a hot dog along 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.

Happy Dog
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Happy Dog

Cleveland
Happy Dog bills itself as "a neighborhood corner bar in the best sense of the term," and it looks the part with live music, a polished wood bar, cozy booths. Of course, it's also made a 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, you can grab a brew with your dog and relax with some old-school ping pong, darts, pinball or vintage arcade games. The hot dogs are all about high-quality meats, with options including grass-fed beef dogs, wild boar sausage and pheasant sausage. The Cali is an Australian wagyu beef hot dog that's wrapped in bacon and topped with guacamole, grilled jalapenos, pico de gallo and M&M sauce. 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.

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.

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; 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 brick-and-mortar store that courts students at nearby University of Dayton and hot-dog lovers from all over the city. 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 jalapenos, jalapeno 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. They succeeded in a big way: Today, you'll get your pick of 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, jalapeno, 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.