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

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

These Dayton hot dogs all have a little something special:

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🌭DIXIE DAIRY DREEM

For that little slice of nostalgia, the small ice cream/hot dog restaurant gives you options, like a regular vs. foot-long dogs and boasts 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, as this place is cash only.

WHERE: 4542 S. Dixie Drive, Moraine
INFO: (937) 293-2479 | Facebook

🌭VOLTZY’S ROOTBEER STAND

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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🌭FIVE GUYS

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

🌭ZOMBIE DOGZ

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 restaurant location on Brown Street near UD. Zombie Dogz was voted best food truck and best food truck dish in the 2018 Best of Dayton contest.

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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).

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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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🌭CHICAGO GYROS AND DOGS

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 ($4.50). 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 

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