Looking for a way to celebrate National Hot Dog Day on July 21? We’ve got you covered.
Whether you like them boiled or grilled, loaded or plain, there’s something out there for you.
Check out these nine spots for some of the best hot dogs in Delaware.
The Dog House, New Castle
The Dog House is located right before the Delaware Memorial Bridge and was recently voted “best upstate hot dog” by Delaware Today readers, a title they’ve received many times.
Known for its foot-long hot dog, the Dog House has been in business since 1952 and has a menu filled with a variety of pizzas, subs, cheesesteaks and its best-selling chili cheese dog.
The Dog House makes its own house relish and is partnered with Serpe & Sons Bakery, which makes the hot dog buns.
The Dog House, 1200 N. Du Pont Highway, near New Castle, (302) 328-5380
Deerhead Hot Dogs, near Wilmington and Stanton
Deerhead Hot Dogs started in Wilmington at Hotel Olivere in 1935 and has been cooking up hot dogs ever since.
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A popular pairing is the Deerhead Hot Dog with Everything, which includes mustard, onions and the secret Deerhead sauce. Hot dogs are also sold in doubles or 10 packs if you can’t get enough.
The restaurant, which also has a Stanton location, updates its Facebook almost daily with news and promotions.
Deerhead Hot Dogs, 620 S. Maryland Ave., near Wilmington; www.dhhotdogs.com
Ed’s Hot Dogs, New Castle
Located at Airport Plaza in New Castle, Ed’s Hot Dogs is known for its combo meals and great deals. Its slogan? “Food so great, you’ll think we stole your Mom!”
The limited menu features hot dogs, hot sausages, Polish kielbasa and meatball sandwiches.
If that’s not enough, fill up by pairing your meal with some of the drinks, chips and soft pretzels offered.
Ed’s Hot Dogs, 138 Sunset Blvd., New Castle, (302) 883-1338
Twilley’s Willys, Fenwick Island
Twilley’s Willys in Fenwick Island has a menu loaded with hot dogs as unique as its name.
Try one of the city-style dogs such as the Baltimore, loaded with large lump Maryland crab, mac & cheese and Old Bay, or the Philly, topped with chopped steak, cheese sauce and caramelized onions.
The “Other Dogs” menu features fun styles like the “Dirty Dog,” which comes with chorizo, pico de gallo, cheese sauce and cilantro lime crema.
Twilley’s Willys, 300 Coastal Highway, Fenwick Island, (302) 581-0255; www.twilleyswillys.com
Johnnie’s Dog House and Chicken Shack, Wilmington
Based in Talleyville, Johnnie’s Dog House and Chicken Shack was featured in a 2018 issue of People magazine for having the best hot dog in the state.
The Delaware Destroyer, winner of the award, is actually two hot dogs served on a 6-inch hoagie roll topped with macaroni and cheese, chili, grilled onions and hot sauce.
If you’re looking for something a bit sweeter, try the Monkey Hill Dog, which comes topped with grilled bananas, crunchy peanut butter, chopped bacon and honey.
Johnnie’s offers its hot dogs in beef; veggie; Kobe beef; turkey; or jumbo, which weighs almost a pound.
Johnnie’s Dog House and Chicken Shack, 3401 Concord Pike, Talleyville, (302) 477-1440; www.johnniesdoghousede.com
Drop Squad Kitchen, Wilmington
Located in Wilmington, Drop Squad Kitchen is a plant-based eatery. Drop Squad makes all its food from scratch and to order, including vegan hot dogs.
The Phife Dog comes with vegan cheese, vegan chili, ketchup and mustard and onions. The Mos Deff comes with caramelized tomatoes, onions, sweet peppers, light relish, ketchup and mustard.
Customers can enjoy the patio seating overlooking the Wilmington Riverfront or take part in the restaurant’s intimate indoor dining experience.
Drop Squad Kitchen, 928 Justison St., Wilmington, (302) 984-2773
Five Guys, various locations
Rehoboth Beach’s Five Guys might be just what you need after a day at the beach.
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This chain restaurant offers kosher, cheese, bacon or cheese-bacon hot dogs. They offer 15 free toppings including grilled mushrooms, jalapeno peppers and barbeque sauce.
Hot dogs are available at all Five Guys locations. In Delaware, you also can find them in Bear, Bethany Beach, Hockessin, Christiana, Fairfax and Prices Corner.
Five Guys, 47A Rehoboth Ave, Rehoboth Beach, (302) 727-5470
Wayback Burgers, various locations
Wayback Burgers in Newark and at five other locations throughout the state has a request any hot dog lover can’t turn down.
The restaurant’s website “double-dog dares” its customers to create any hot dog and topping combination they haven’t heard yet.
As the name suggests, Wayback Burgers offers a variety of burgers, hand-dipped milkshakes and sandwiches among other snackable favorites.
Wayback Burgers, 250 S. Main St., Suite 110, Newark, (302) 861-6050
Gus & Gus Place, Rehoboth
Gus & Gus Place is located on the Rehoboth boardwalk and has a special hot dog that might bring on the nostalgia.
The restaurant features classics like a cheese dog, a chili dog and a sauerkraut dog, but rounds its menu off with a corn dog.
If you stop by, choose your dog and then be sure to grab some of the “legendary fresh Idaho fries” to go with it.
Gus & Gus Place, 15 S. Boardwalk, Rehoboth Beach, (302) 227-3329