Experts say mobile is the way of the future, and we couldn’t agree more. We’re not talking about iPhones, though: when we say “mobile,” we mean FOOD!
Food trucks in America have traversed “trending” and are now a bona fide phenomenon. And of course, hot dogs were practically created for on-the-go eaters, so it’s no surprise that some of the most amazing food trucks out there serve these wonderful-yet-guilty pleasures. Take a look at some of the best doggeries in the country.
The Dog Wagon, Richmond, VA
As much as we would love to start this with a dog truck from WV, the fact is, we really couldn’t find one. Oh, we know our great state is home to some fantastic frank joints (Hillbilly Hot Dogs, anyone?) and there are, of course, more than a few good hot dog food trucks; what we couldn’t seem to find, however, was a FANTASTIC hot dog truck here in West Virginia.
But across the line (well, across the line and half-way across the state …) in Richmond, The Dog Wagon is serving up some seriously tasty red hots. Specializing in the perfect on-the-go meal, The Dog Wagon has a full menu of different treatments for your hot dog, including breakfast versions. They search out the best ingredients and try to source much of their food through local vendors. Looking for a slightly healthier take? Substitute turkey franks or gluten-free wraps at no additional charge.
You Sly Dog, Tucson, AZ
What’s better than a great hot dog truck? How about a hot dog truck built from a 1962 International Metro Harvester? You Sly Dog has a throw-back look, but its menu is totally up-to-date. Regular customers recommend the Chicago dog or the Chernobyl–a delicious dog that “never fails to make an explosive impact.” And while it seems odd to go for a meat-free frank, vegans and vegetarians can nosh on the Sonoran, which is about as yummy as a meatless dog can get. Try the ghost pepper chili sauce, but beware: this dog can bite!
Swizzler Gourmet Hot Dogs, Washington, D.C.
Introducing a new fast food concept: high-quality hot dogs spiral-cut lengthwise to better hold and integrate the toppings falling nicely into their grooves. Originally a class project of three college juniors, the idea was good enough to work in the real world, and a legend was born. Swizzler Gourmet Hot Dogs start with grass-fed beef topped with everything from the crazy (pesto and candied jalapeños) to the traditional (sauerkraut, onions, and mustard), reflecting a range of flavors from Italy and the Deep South along the way.
Natedogs, Minneapolis, MN
As Mobile Cuisine’s 2017 “Hot Dog Vendor of the Year,” NateDogs has a large and avid fan base. Starting with all-natural, locally sourced hot dogs and bratwurst, you can top yours with a choice of scratch-made beer mustards, relishes, and caramelized onions. A singer, self-taught chef, and father of five (all girls), Nate took a love of foot-longs (developed from a lifetime of trips to the MN State Fair), added his own twist, and never looked back.
The Rusty Dog, Boise, ID
OK, we admit we’re cheating a little here, as The Rusty Dog doesn’t sell hot dogs, per se. But corn dogs are still hot dogs at heart, and face it: you never outgrow the love of a good old-fashioned state-fair corn dog. These 100% beef foot-longs are hand-dipped in secret homemade batter, fried, and glazed with a special honey finish. You’ll feel like a kid again … plus, the fresh-cut fries always get rave reviews, as well.