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A Guide to the 9 Best Hot Dogs in Seattle

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America's love for the venerable tube steak is well publicized.  Many of us remember the old commercial with the jingle "Baseball, hot dogs, apple pie, and Chevrolet" from the 70s... but we're dating ourselves. And while no one really wants to know how hot dogs are made, we can't deny their vast appeal.  

Eater had a look around our fair city to find the best renditions of these compact meals in buns. Whether you call them frankfurters, wieners, red-hots, or parkies, we consider the following, listed in in alphabetical order below, to be tops in our town. Got another favorite? Shout it out in the comments below.

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1. Diggity Dog

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5421 Meridian Ave N
Seattle, WA 98103
(206) 633-1966
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The original Diggity Dog in Tangletown offers up a range of sausages including brats, kielbasa and corn dogs. They also serve a wide variety of regional specialties such as Chicago dogs with giardiniera; the California with avocado, dukes, and tomatoes; and the Atlanta with slaw and chili. It’s a great place to bring the fam, and bonus: they serve sandwiches and burgers, too. [Photo Credit]

2. Gourmet Dog Japon

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In front of Westlake Center
Seattle, WA 98101
One wouldn’t normally equate hot dogs with Japanese food but these folks manage to pull it off. From the famous Matsuri Dog with seaweed, onions, carrots and Japanese mayo, to the Sukiyaki Dog, it’s an experience that anyone coming to town must have at least once. [Photo Credit]

3. Hot Dog Stand at the Broadway Shell

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1500 Broadway
Seattle, WA 98122
(253) 606-6600
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Anyone who has ever indulged a bit too much on Capitol Hill knows that the best place to get a satisfying late night dog is at the stand in the Shell Gas Station parking lot at Pike and Broadway. $5 cash gets you any type of dog including the one covered in Chorizo cheese, which is both tasty and useful for soaking up all the booze that’s likely in your stomach. A must for the discerning drinker and a legend in these parts. [Photo Credit]

4. Taxi Dogs

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1926 Pike Pl
Seattle, WA 98101
(206) 443-1919
The only place in the market to get your daily dog, not to mention the go-to place for Seattle Dogs heaped with airy cream cheese and grilled onions. Grab one and hang out in the park under the totem pole across the street, taking in the local flavor Seattle style. [Photo Credit]

5. Al's Gourmet Sausage N' Foods

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Occidental Ave S
Seattle, WA
If you’re headed to watch the Mariners, Sounders, or Seahawks then you’ll likely run the gauntlet of ‘Hot Dog Row’ outside the stadiums. Why pay $8 inside when you can get a better (and cheaper) dog at Al’s beforehand? Look for the yellow tent and go for the grilled onions. [Photo Credit]

6. Costco

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4401 4th Ave S
Seattle, WA 98134
(206) 674-1220
You know we can’t leave Northwest-born Costco off this list because hell, where else can you get a solid quarter-pound dog and a large drink for a $1.99 anymore? And the flavor doesn't disappoint. Choose from neon green relish, raw onions and the requisite condiments. No more, no less. [Photo Credit]

7. Dog In The Park

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1520 4th Ave
Seattle, WA 98101
Chances are that just walking through Westlake Center these days gives you a contact high--which is why you should be thankful that Dog in the Park is right there waiting to satisfy your cravings. This tiny stand serves grilled dogs with all the standard fixings; the chili is a particular standout. [Photo Credit]

8. Matt's Famous Chili Dogs

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6615 E Marginal Way S
Seattle, WA 98108
(206) 768-0418
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The Georgetown area certainly has some solid fast (and other) dining options these days and Matt’s is no exception. Operating for the last 20 years out of an unassuming building on Marginal Way, you’ll find some of the best franks in town with a great snap when you bite into them. Try a couple with the ubiquitous yellow processed cheese and some pretty good chili as well. [Photo Credit]

9. Po Dog

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1009 E Union St
Seattle, WA 98122
(206) 325-6055
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Yes, there’s still one open on Capitol Hill and it’s well worth a trip. With creative concoctions ranging from the Mac n’ Cheese Dog to the Deep Fried Danger dog, you’ll be assured of getting something you’ll enjoy. Bonus points for the moist, buttery brioche buns accompanying each frank, rendering you quite the lucky dog.[Photo Credit]

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1. Diggity Dog

5421 Meridian Ave N, Seattle, WA 98103
The original Diggity Dog in Tangletown offers up a range of sausages including brats, kielbasa and corn dogs. They also serve a wide variety of regional specialties such as Chicago dogs with giardiniera; the California with avocado, dukes, and tomatoes; and the Atlanta with slaw and chili. It’s a great place to bring the fam, and bonus: they serve sandwiches and burgers, too. [Photo Credit]
5421 Meridian Ave N
Seattle, WA 98103

2. Gourmet Dog Japon

In front of Westlake Center, Seattle, WA 98101
One wouldn’t normally equate hot dogs with Japanese food but these folks manage to pull it off. From the famous Matsuri Dog with seaweed, onions, carrots and Japanese mayo, to the Sukiyaki Dog, it’s an experience that anyone coming to town must have at least once. [Photo Credit]
In front of Westlake Center
Seattle, WA 98101

3. Hot Dog Stand at the Broadway Shell

1500 Broadway, Seattle, WA 98122
Anyone who has ever indulged a bit too much on Capitol Hill knows that the best place to get a satisfying late night dog is at the stand in the Shell Gas Station parking lot at Pike and Broadway. $5 cash gets you any type of dog including the one covered in Chorizo cheese, which is both tasty and useful for soaking up all the booze that’s likely in your stomach. A must for the discerning drinker and a legend in these parts. [Photo Credit]
1500 Broadway
Seattle, WA 98122

4. Taxi Dogs

1926 Pike Pl, Seattle, WA 98101
The only place in the market to get your daily dog, not to mention the go-to place for Seattle Dogs heaped with airy cream cheese and grilled onions. Grab one and hang out in the park under the totem pole across the street, taking in the local flavor Seattle style. [Photo Credit]
1926 Pike Pl
Seattle, WA 98101

5. Al's Gourmet Sausage N' Foods

Occidental Ave S, Seattle, WA
If you’re headed to watch the Mariners, Sounders, or Seahawks then you’ll likely run the gauntlet of ‘Hot Dog Row’ outside the stadiums. Why pay $8 inside when you can get a better (and cheaper) dog at Al’s beforehand? Look for the yellow tent and go for the grilled onions. [Photo Credit]
Occidental Ave S
Seattle, WA

6. Costco

4401 4th Ave S, Seattle, WA 98134
You know we can’t leave Northwest-born Costco off this list because hell, where else can you get a solid quarter-pound dog and a large drink for a $1.99 anymore? And the flavor doesn't disappoint. Choose from neon green relish, raw onions and the requisite condiments. No more, no less. [Photo Credit]
4401 4th Ave S
Seattle, WA 98134

7. Dog In The Park

1520 4th Ave, Seattle, WA 98101
Chances are that just walking through Westlake Center these days gives you a contact high--which is why you should be thankful that Dog in the Park is right there waiting to satisfy your cravings. This tiny stand serves grilled dogs with all the standard fixings; the chili is a particular standout. [Photo Credit]
1520 4th Ave
Seattle, WA 98101

8. Matt's Famous Chili Dogs

6615 E Marginal Way S, Seattle, WA 98108
The Georgetown area certainly has some solid fast (and other) dining options these days and Matt’s is no exception. Operating for the last 20 years out of an unassuming building on Marginal Way, you’ll find some of the best franks in town with a great snap when you bite into them. Try a couple with the ubiquitous yellow processed cheese and some pretty good chili as well. [Photo Credit]
6615 E Marginal Way S
Seattle, WA 98108

9. Po Dog

1009 E Union St, Seattle, WA 98122
Yes, there’s still one open on Capitol Hill and it’s well worth a trip. With creative concoctions ranging from the Mac n’ Cheese Dog to the Deep Fried Danger dog, you’ll be assured of getting something you’ll enjoy. Bonus points for the moist, buttery brioche buns accompanying each frank, rendering you quite the lucky dog.[Photo Credit]
1009 E Union St
Seattle, WA 98122

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