We visit Zombie Dogz on Brown Street. Video by Amelia Robinson

Some expected and unexpected places to find a killer hot dog in Dayton

It’s grilling season. With Memorial Day Weekend arrives the summer cookout. One of the staples of summer grilling is of course the hot dog.

As you pile through the hot dogs at your cookout, let these famous Dayton hot dogs inspire you to achieve new levels of gourmet.

These hot dogs wtih specialty toppings are worth a special trip. These are Dayton’s finest next-level hot dogs:


Though there’s only one hot dog option, it’s well worth the bite. The Griffin Dog features Angus beef, cider glazed pulled pork, pickles, chipotle ketchup and mustard, and is served with house fries. It’ll cost you $8.99.

WHERE: 3725 Presidential Dr., Beavercreek 

INFO: 937-956-5216 | FacebookWebsite

MENU: Check out the full menu online


For that little slice of nostalgia, the small ice cream/hot dog restaurant gives you options, like a regular vs. foot long dogs and boast several specialties. We recommend the foot-long Reuben dog ($3.95), topped with sauerkraut, Thousand Island dressing, and onions and mustard. Keep the cards in your wallet, this place is cash only.

WHERE: 4542 S. Dixie Drive, Moraine
INFO: (937) 293-2479 | FacebookWebsite
MENU: Get your belly grumbling here.

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Voltzy’s is another place that is better known for its burgers, but when the slaw dogs and coneys are on special, there’s nowhere else you should go. They’re only open for lunch, but man, what a lunch. Bring cash or place a large order, there’s a $10 minimum on debit cards. 

WHERE: 4668 Springboro Pike, Moraine
INFO: 937-299-1440 | Facebook

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Everyone goes gaga for the burgers and fries here. But we’re here to tell you that their dogs are actually the best thing on the menu. Sliced in half and char-grilled to perfection, and topped with any and all of the burger toppings, whether plain, with cheese or bacon or both, the Five Guys hot dog is king.

WHERE: Multiple locations around the Miami Valley; find the closest one to YOU here

INFO: 937-222-2325 | FacebookWebsite


More than 50 trucks participated in this year's Miami County Gourmet Food Truck Rally, including Zombie Dogz. One of their specialties is a pizza-inspired dog called the Blood Graffiti. PHOTO / TOM GILLIAM PHOTOGRAPHY
Photo: Tom Gilliam

This famous food truck has a brick and mortar location on Brown Street near UD. Their original specialty dogs rotate with each food truck outing, but you definitely want to be on the lookout for the Germanator (hot dog topped with ribeye, housemade beer cheese, and crispy fried onions) and the Calling in Dead (Housemade white truffle mac and cheese topped with parmesan garlic cracker crumbs).

WHERE: 1200 Brown St. #150, Dayton. Food truck is out and about at select festivals and special events. Track them here. 

INFO: 937-951-2942 | FacebookWebsite

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People rave over the Chicago Dog here, which is pretty much as authentic as you can get this far from the Windy City. But our personal fave is the bacon avocado dog — a bacon-wrapped Vienna-style dog topped with avocado, grilled onions and jalapeño on a poppy seed bun ($4). Get it served up with some Greek dressing and Feta cheese topped fries ($4) and you’re set.

WHERE: 3979 Indian Ripple Road, Beavercreek 

INFO: (937) 705-6072 | FacebookWebsite

MENU: Check out the menu here 


With three tasty ‘dogs on the menu, Corner Kitchen offers an upgraded twist to the average dog. There is the ‘Corner Dog’ which features a housemade footlong Frankfurther served with herbed fries, ‘Coney Dog’ which features brisket chili -- yes you read that correctly -- and is topped with cheese, onioin and mustard. Finally, the ‘Chicago Dog’ is an authentic interpretation of the classic style hot dog topped with sport peppers, dill pickle, sweet relish, tomato, onion and mustard.

WHERE: 613 E. Fifth St., Dayton

INFO: 937-719-0999 | FacebookWebsite

MENU: Drool over the menu here

Did we miss your favorite hot dog? Drop us a line and let us know about it: contact@dayton.com.