July 19th is National Hot Dog Day. It’s celebrated every summer on the third Wednesday in July. And before I go any further I’m going to preface this by saying I will not be celebrating. I’m just not a hot dog fan. No one can tell me exactly what is in one, and I just can’t accept that. I need to know exactly what I’m eating. But despite my refusal to eat one of these dogs (side note can you call them a sandwich yes or no?), they are a wildly popular food in America. And we love hot dogs here in Charlotte and the rest of North Carolina. No matter if you choose to eat them with slaw and chili, mustard, or relish. I’ll take your word for what’s the best!

You typically think of hot dogs as gracing the menu at a backyard cookout. Or perhaps at a cart in the middle of the city. They aren’t the most common dish to see on a menu at a restaurant, however. So if you are looking to indulge in the celebration of this classic American fare, and don’t want to cook for yourself, where should you go? That’s where I’m here to help. I’ve compiled a list of some of the restaurants that serve hot dogs in Charlotte. Though I cannot personally vouch for which are the best, I’ll give you as much info as I can to help you pick the spot you want to try. Or go all out for National Hot Dog Day and try them all. No judgment here!

  • JJ's Red Hots

    Address: 1514 East Blvd, Charlotte, NC 28203

    Get a single or double dog. Build your own or go with one of this East Blvd institution’s signature dogs like the Joilet Jake or the Quarter Hounder.


  • Good Wurst Company

    Address: 3001 Central Ave, Charlotte, NC 28205, 1220 S. Tryon, Suite 200, Charlotte, NC, and 4015 Corning Place, Suite E3, Charlotte, NC

    With three locations, there is a good chance one is convenient for you. The menu consists of 14 hot dog/bratwurst options so you’re sure to find one you like. Perhaps the Monte Cristo Dog, the Chicago, or the Knotwurst.


  • Park Road Soda Shoppe

    Address: 4121 Park Rd, Charlotte, NC 28209

    You’ll find three hot dog options on the Park Road Soda Shoppe menu. These include the all beef dog, footlong, and a chili cheese dog. And pair it with a fresh milkshake!


  • Pinky's West Side Grill


    Address: 1600 W Morehead St, Charlotte, NC 28208, 9818 Gilead Rd. Huntersville, NC

    According to their menu, you can go walking in a Weiner Wonderland. They have a corndog, a pimento cheese and chili “pinky” dog, a vegetarian option, as well as several others.


  • Brooks Sandwich Shop

    Address: 2710 N Brevard Street, Charlotte, NC

    Brooks Sandwich Shop has been a part of the NoDa community for decades. For just $4 you can get a hotdog with your choice of toppings, or a chili dog for $4.50.


  • Jack Beagle's


    Address: 3213 N Davidson St, Charlotte, NC 28205, 1404 W Morehead St, Charlotte, NC 28208

    Hot dogs are called “rippers” at the neighborhood hang out. You’ll find 4 options on the menu, the Island Dog, the Plain Ripper, The Boss Man, and The Chili Chunk.


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