Berkeley >Food & Dining > Top Dog
2534 Durant Ave, Berkeley, CA | Directions 9470437.867895 -122.257434
Mon-Thu, Sun 11 a.m. - 2 a.m. Fri-Sat 11 a.m. - 3 a.m.
smoked chicken apple hot dogs! – When I visited Berkeley, I had to go to the hyped up hotdog joint... I ordered the smoked chicken apple dog, and it was just delish! And it was cheap too and the wait was relatively short (a huge difference from waiting hours for Pink's)... I'm going back up North this weekend, and this place is going to be the first place I'm visiting!
Gourmet sausages and libertarian propaganda--a hot-dog stand with a Berkeley twist. – In Short
Low prices, late-night hours and convenient location make Top Dog a popular destination for students and sausage devotees of all ages. The walls are plastered with libertarian and anti-government quotations, cartoons and clippings, all worth a free chortle. Sausages range from hot links with a serious kick to classic kielbasa to chicken-apple. The chefs cook all sausages to order on the grill, and even the buns are griddled to a golden crisp.
Berkley's Best – If you are ever in Berkeley, it is a known fact that you have to stop by at Top Dog and try one of their hot dogs. They have a wide range of hot dogs from Chicken Apple, all beef traditional "Top Dog", and even a vegetarian. Trust me just go there and try one.
Bird Dog is to die for – This place got me by during my four years at Cal. What could I have done at 1am while getting writer's block without you Top Dog?
A Berkeley institution. Know the drill. – Within the tiny confines of the Durant Ave. Top Dog, observe the etiquette for ordering. Don't spend a lot of time perusing and questioning the menu, pick a dog and be ready to request it with authority. When the man behind the counter points at you, you're on. "Bock and a hot" means you'll have a German bockwurst and a Louisiana hot link. The man tending the grill remembers your order, requests the appropriate money from you when he has a minute, and shouts out your order when it's ready. Load up your dog with plenty of spicy mustard and sauerkraut.
Top Is Right – Must have been late '99, when I took a friend from Los Angeles here. We ordered our dogs, perused the libertarian propeganda, and then I asked the dude behind the counter how long he'd been part of this fine establishment. He shrugged between flipping weiners and said, "Some time back in the early '80s," the exact date clearly too far gone for memory.
"Holy smokes," my friend said. "You must like it."
He looked at her and smiled. "I just love making people happy," he said.
Every time I go back to Top Dog, I still see the same guy, and yes, he's still making people happy.
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