Looking to satiate a hot dog craving? Kentucky is your place. Across the state, you’ll find some wholesome joints serving up historic hot dogs that both locals and tourists have been raving about for decades. From the classic hot dog with relish and mustard, to a cheesy chili dog, here are the 10 best hot dog joints in the state.
Sky Bridge Station is a great hot dog joint just outside of the Red River Gorge in Pine Ridge, Kentucky. It is a favorite spot for rock climbers, hikers, and outdoor enthusiasts alike. You can purchase a hot dog and a beer for just under $10. As far as gourmet hot dogs are concerned, this spot has the best ones for your taste buds. Pair it with a local craft beer and you’re set!
If you are a traditional hot dog connoisseur Rick’s Hot Dog joint is a good start. Grilled hot dogs hold all the smoke of a cookout and taste amazing. Rick made sure to make this cookout staple available all the time for your convenience. Cheese fries and mozzarella sticks are also on the menu to create the perfect meal, if you don’t have the time to cookout yourself.
Sam’s Hotdog stand in Lexington, Kentucky, is a long-revered spot to go for a quick lunch while you are downtown. The staff here is very friendly and welcoming, which makes the food more enjoyable. Sam’s hot dogs are created to your specifications so you’re guaranteed to have it just how you like it every time!
Although Skyline Chili was founded in Cincinnati, Ohio, known for its chili, it has great cheese Coney Island hot dogs. The best way to get their hot dogs is with chili, mustard, cheese and onions. The Skyline Coney is underrated and small, but packs a powerful punch when it comes to flavor.
The Chicago-style dog is best replicated at Lonnie’s Best Taste of Chicago. The name says it all, doesn’t it? If you’re craving a great hot dog with a poppy seed bun, kosher frank, pickles, pepperoncini, tomato, chopped onions and mustard¬¬¬¬¬¬¬¬¬¬¬¬¬¬¬¬¬¬¬¬¬¬¬¬¬¬¬¬¬¬¬¬¬¬¬¬¬¬¬¬¬¬¬¬¬¬¬¬¬¬¬¬¬¬¬¬¬¬¬¬¬¬¬¬¬¬¬¬¬¬¬¬¬¬¬¬¬¬¬¬¬¬¬¬¬¬—Lonnie’s got the best. You can even get a hot dog and fries for $5.
Harley Dogs can be found just across the Ohio River from The Great American Ballpark, the home of the Cincinnati Reds. Covington, Kentucky, is a great place to hang out and have some beers with friends before the baseball games. Look for the Harley Dogs stand while bar-hopping in Covington. They offer great grilled hot dogs and brats in the style of a traditional ballpark hot dog.
Papa George brings the taste of Chicago-style hot dogs to Radcliff, Kentucky, in a serious way. Not only are the hot dogs authentic, artisan creations—they’re a local favorite as well. If you are ever in Radcliff, you need to check out this wonderful food truck so you can be the judge yourself.
Rosenstein’s Dogs & Deli is the next best thing to going to an actual Cubs game and grabbing yourself a hot dog. It’s a tough decision to choose between artisan or gourmet, Chicago-style hot dogs.
London, Kentucky, keeps it traditional with beef and pork franks for their hot dogs. They have a special hot dog with cheese, chili, mustard and onion to satisfy your craving for a chili dog. Located in downtown London, Kentucky, Weaver’s on 4th keeps it simple and does their specialty with expertise.
Big Dan’s Dog House has some great chili dogs with melty cheese, chili and onions. The chili is homemade, and is always made fresh. Not only that, but they arguably have the best barbecue in town. For hot dogs bursting with flavor, check out Big Dan’s Dog House.