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Where to Grab a Hot Dog in Seattle to Celebrate the 4th of July

Classics with cream cheese and grilled onions on top or served on a stick

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A Seattle dog topped with cream cheese, grilled onions, and other vegetables
Dog in the Park serves Seattle dogs near Westlake Center and the Space Needle.
Dog in the Park [Official Photo]

Whether one is excited about Independence Day, or just want an enticing portable snack in warmer weather, frankfurters should be on the brain. Several vendors around town are slinging hot dogs Seattle-style (topped with cream cheese and grilled onions), in vegan form, or on a stick. Below are a few options on where to track them down.

Dog in the Park

This downtown mobile operation is a great place to grab a classic Seattle dog slathered in cream cheese, served with a nice char. The truck is located near Westlake Plaza, between 4th and 5th avenue (and has popped up near the Space Needle as well), but there are also delivery options through DoorDash, Postmates, and GrubHub.

Chung Chun Rice Dog

The International District outpost of this popular Korean “corn dog” chain (which uses rice flour for the batter) makes for a terrific takeout dish. Coatings range from panko breadcrumbs to Korean ramen noodles to squid ink, served with a selection of savory and sweet sauces. Delivery via Caviar, Chowbus, and DoorDash.

Cycle Dogs

One of Seattle’s most venerable vegan food trucks is moving up in the world, recently opening its first ever fixed location in Ballard. There one can find elaborately garnished field roast hot dogs, such as elote dogs, a twist on a Seattle dog, and a currywurst option, plus a variety of other no-meat snacks.

Matt’s Chili Dogs

This fast casual spot in Georgetown serves a variety of hot dogs besides the chili version, including Seattle-style and Chicago-style (with poppy seed bun, dill pickle, and sport pepper), as well as some brats. It’s open Monday through Friday for takeout and curbside pickup for those who call ahead.

Dirty Dog

Capitol Hill’s after hours destination Monster Dogs is temporarily closed, but this mobile operation on East Pine is another neighborhood favorite, tirelessly slinging plump Seattle dogs generously topped with grilled onions day and night. It even has delivery options through GrubHub and Postmates.

Joe’s Grilled Gourmet Dog

This humble Pioneer Square favorite, which opened in 1998, had been closed for basically an entire year, but has geared up once again for sports fans passing through. The menu features names of local sports legend names, the sausages are delightful monstrosities, and the fixins rarely disappoint.

Rain City Hot Dogs

Parked right outside the Lowe’s on Rainier Avenue S, Rain City makes home improvement shopping a treat. The menu features the ubiquitous Seattle dog (drizzled generously with diced onions), plus a PB&J version topped with peanut butter, roasted raspberry jam, and bacon on a toasted bun. Diners can sub out the meat for veggie dogs, if desired.

Lottie's Lounge

4900 Rainier Avenue South, , WA 98118 (206) 725-0519 Visit Website

Cycle Dogs

5410 17th Avenue Northwest, , WA 98107 (206) 372-8510 Visit Website

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