- Vivienne Machi
You can get dogs at Kroger, Meijer, Dorothy Lane Market or wherever you shop, and there’s much to love about a home-grilled dog piled high with condiments. But several local places really set the bar for gourmet and specialty toppings, and we want to share them with you.
DIXIE DAIRY DREEM
WHERE: 4542 S. Dixie Drive, Moraine
INFO: (937) 293-2479. Cash only!
MENU: Get your belly grumbling here.
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.
VOLTZY'S ROOT BEER STAND
WHERE: 4668 Springboro Pike, Moraine
INFO: 937-299-1440 | Cash & debit (with a $10 debit minimum)
Voltzy’s is another that is better known for their burgers, but when their 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. Keep track of their specials here.
WHERE: Multiple locations around the Miami Valley; find the closest one to YOU here
INFO: fiveguys.com | Debit, credit and cash accepted.
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.
ZOMBIE DOGZ FOOD TRUCK
WHERE: 1200 Brown St. #150, Dayton. Food truck is out and about. Track them here.
INFO: Facebook | Debit, credit and cash accepted.
This famous food truck has opened a brick and mortar location on Brown Street near UD. Their original specialty dogs rotate with each 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 Sho Stopper (topped with bulgogi beef, kimchi, Asian slaw, sriracha aioli, peanut crumble and scallions).
CHICAGO GYROS AND DOGS
WHERE: 3979 Indian Ripple Road, Beavercreek
INFO: (937) 705-6072. Debit, credit and cash accepted.
MENU: Check out a menu here
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.
THE DAWG HAUS
WHERE: 30 S. First St., Miamisburg
INFO: 937-654-7558 | Cash only | Be sure to check hours here
Alas, our favorite hot dog place is the furthest away from our office. The Dawg Haus is small, but packs a hot punch with quarter pounders and polish sausages keeping warm on the burner. Their slaw dog ($3.25) is a thing of beauty, with housemade sweet and crunchy slaw generously poured over the ballpark-style dog. Add onions and thinly sliced pickles and thank us later.
In addition to these specialty stands and restaurants, more than a few local eateries include quality hot dogs on their menus. Yes, Skyline Chili’s coneys are beloved but when you want to try something new, be sure to try the Trolley Stop’s double dogs (two Keener Farms beef franks topped with farm fresh chili, shredded cheese and red onion) and Slyder’s Tavern’s hot dog. A pro-tip: go to Lucky’s Tavern and order a hot dog with any of their signature burger combos on top.
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