by Chelsea Lin - 273 Reviews - 109 List
Seattle cuisine may be better defined by farm-fresh produce and fresh-caught salmon, but you'd be remiss in forgetting one very important local food favorite: the hot dog. In celebration of July being National Hot Dog Month, we've pulled together our top five spots to find haute dogs--not just smothered in cream cheese and onions, but frankly Seattle's best franks.
Updated: July 14, 2010
This Capitol Hill hot doggery with a sister resto in the U-District has blown up, thanks to a truly innovative menu (think dogs covered in everything from scrambled eggs to wasabi mayo to mac 'n' cheese), a plethora of beer options and some of the best buns (Macrina, natch) in the city.
Some people go to the Ballard farmers markets on Sundays for the amazing selection of veggies--we go for the hot dogs. Dante's little cart (which you'll also spot in other locations around the city) serves up some delicious wieners. Our favorite? The cheddar jalapeno, representative of the "inferno" in the name.
This tiny shop across from Pike Place Market sells tasty European sausages of all shapes, sizes and spiciness levels, as well as some killer bacon, homemade sauerkraut, jars of mustards and more. The best part? After you check out, you'll always be offered a free "viener" from the sweetly accented woman behind the counter; a single link is the perfect snack.
You'll find a few of Uli's sausages at restaurants and grocers around town, but buying them at the source (a small stall in Pike Place Market) is infinitely more gratifying. Get your kielbasa, bratwurst, merguez and more in a bun, or take your dogs to-go and grill them up at home.
Veg-heads and calorie counters needn't feel left out of this sausage fest--this Cap Hill eatery's menu is entirely veggie dogs, meaning no lips or snouts here. The classics (corn dogs, chili dogs, etc.) are all present, as well as some special creations like the Dog from Ipanema, topped with black beans, fake beef, avocado and onions.