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The Best Hot Dogs in Toronto

Posted by Robyn Urback / September 4, 2012

best hot dog torontoThe best hot dogs in Toronto come in all different shapes and sizes (and yes, I'm trying to keep the euphemisms to a minimum). This list reflects the sheer diversity of dogs in the city — from snack-sized "steamies," to foot-long franks, to cheese-covered bacon-loaded bites of bliss — but they all share the charm of being unabashedly unrefined.

Yes, load on the Cheez Whiz, barbecue sauce, and hickory sticks; you're not going to impress your date (or anyone else, for that matter) with this order, but you will have the satisfaction of indulging in a solidly good wiener (...I tried).

Here is the list of the best hot dogs in Toronto.

See also:

The best burgers in Toronto
The best old-school burgers in Toronto
The best cheeseburgers in Toronto
The best fries in Toronto
The best milkshakes in Toronto

Little Dog

Little Dog

Steamed and topped with a heavy helping of slaw, these Montreal-style dogs prove that when it comes to wieners, bigger isn’t always better. Little Dog’s classic “steamies” are offered alongside a menu of Nathan’s Famous, Chicago 58’s, and veggie dogs, available with all the fixin’s and poutine as the perfect accompaniment. Prices ring in within the $2-$4 range. More »

Umi Sushi Express

Umi Sushi Express

Ah, the difference a little bonito shavings (that’s fermented tuna, for the layman) can make. The dogs at Umi Sushi Express are made Japanese-style, which means Nathan’s wieners ($4.50) are topped with teriyaki sauce, mayonnaise, grilled onions, and a bit of the aforementioned bonito. Beats the standard ketchup and mustard mix, if you ask me. More »

Disgraceland

Disgraceland

No longer must you eat your Cheez Whiz-covered, crushed potato chip-topped hot dog at home alone in shame with the curtains drawn. Disgraceland embraces such dog-oddities and offers a menu of eight others (all ringing in around $9), including the warmed brie and sliced pear “Surrender Monkey,” and the kimchi, carrot, cilantro, sriracha “Charlie Company.” Served until 2 a.m. as an added bonus. More »

Uncle Betty’s Diner

Uncle Betty’s Diner

They’re perhaps slightly pricier than your average ballpark wiener, but Uncle Betty’s gourmet dogs certainly rate high in terms of quality (and taste, of course). These quarter-pound dogs are gluten and filler-free, available in beef or turkey and topped with all your favourite dog decorations. Best is the “Uncle Betty” with garlic aioli, caramelized onions, and sautéed mushrooms. Hot dogs will set you back between $8-$12. More »

WVRST

WVRST

WVRST is the one place offering real variation when it comes to the actual wiener. Here you can pick from close to two-dozen sausage options including kangaroo, elk, duck, chicken, and more, with two veggie options on the menu and an impressive lineup of house-made sauces. Or else, stick with the bacon-wrapped "Danger Dog" beef wiener for $4. A superb list of beers round out the “Munich beer hall” effect. More »

The Stockyards

The Stockyards

The Stockyards is known foremost for its ribs n’ slaw, but this St. Clair barbecue joint also makes a pretty good dog. The steamed all-beef hot dog comes with ketchup, mustard, and onion standard for $4, making it a tasty add-on to a pulled-pork sammy or classic burger. A much meatier option than a side of fries. More »

The Hot N Dog

The Hot N Dog

Holy toppings. The Hot N Dog in Parkdale has over 60 and counting, allowing customers to choose à la carte or from a few carefully crafted combinations. The dogs themselves are a basic pork/beef mix, or veggie ($4), leaving all the frills to what’s slathered on top. Maple syrup, capers, asparagus, and hickory sticks are just a few of the options. More »

Real Sports Bar

Real Sports Bar

Huge screens, arcade games, and bacon-wrapped hot dogs. It’s just like The Ex, minus the terrifying giant stuffed bulldogs. Real Sports Bar certainly does the “indulgent dog” right, with varieties such as the mac ‘n’ cheese dog, the poutine dog, and the classic chili cheese. All made with a foot-long Burkie’s wiener, all served with house-cut fries, and all coming in between $9-$13. More »

The Real McCoy

The Real McCoy

The sign says burger & pizza, but The Real McCoy counts hot dogs among its best classic comfort food eats. This is your classic American truck stop dog (nevermind the Scarborough address), served loaded with bacon and cheese, and ideally a milkshake to wash it all down. Will definitely hit the spot, and possibly cause severe diet-regret, but not spending regret as the dogs come in around $2.75-$4. More »

Discussion

31 Comments

J.J. / September 4, 2012 at 02:35 pm
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what about: http://fusiadog.com/ on duncan!

love it!
yeah! / September 4, 2012 at 03:18 pm
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^^ what he said! ^^ fusia dog is great.
Chris! / September 4, 2012 at 05:41 pm
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Ha! I was just thinking, "Man, I'm so glad Fusia Dog isn't on here. That place is terrible!"

It seems not everyone agrees.
moles / September 4, 2012 at 10:05 pm
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And what about beerbistro? Made-on-the-premises gourmet dogs, not just beef dogs with tarted up toppings. Superb.

And count my vote for Fushia -- wonderful crisp on the ouside, juicy on the inside dogs.
stern / September 4, 2012 at 11:16 pm
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I've got a great hot dog. Ask me for a bite today!
TroloDo / September 5, 2012 at 12:02 am
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Don't be a prick. Eat a dog on a stick!
keven / September 5, 2012 at 07:27 am
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Wrvst, while great, don't serve hot dogs.
Check out the Let's Be Frank popup at union restaurant every Friday and Saturday 3 -6. Amazing!
Terry / September 5, 2012 at 09:19 am
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"The best hot dogs in Toronto come in all different shapes and sizes (and yes, I'm trying to keep the euphemisms to a minimum)."

That doesn't make any sense. I think the writer had better look up the definition of "euphemism". She was obviously going for something else.
Brennan replying to a comment from keven / September 5, 2012 at 02:13 pm
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I agree. There needs to be a difference between sausage and hot dog. I'm not sure WRST qualifies and I do think Fusia Dog should be on this list
pollard replying to a comment from Terry / September 5, 2012 at 06:05 pm
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Terry: I'm sure she was trying to keep the innuendos to a minimum.
Toby / September 6, 2012 at 11:07 am
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I agree with the comment about Let's Be Frank pop up at Union on Fridays @3pm. Was there last Friday and the coney island dog was delish, worth every penny!!!
Zimmerman's Freshmart / September 25, 2012 at 12:35 am
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Nathan's Famous Hot Dog is coming to town.

This Sunday September 30, 2012 they will be setting up a hot dog cart during Kensington Market's Pedestrian Street Festival.

In front of:

Zimmerman's Freshmart
241 Augusta Ave
Toronto, Ontario

Between 12 noon and 7 pm.

Nathan's Hot dogs will also available for sale inside the store

Aydin replying to a comment from Zimmerman's Freshmart / September 25, 2012 at 12:55 am
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I hope they're the New York-style long, skinny hot dogs with the natural casing, not the short, fat, casing-free ones. The long, skinny Nathan's dogs are the best hot dogs I've ever had.
Zimmerman's Freshmart / September 25, 2012 at 01:33 am
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Both will be available
Rosemary / September 25, 2012 at 09:21 am
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Quoting the KENSINGTON MARKET Street Events Guide for Business Owners, PART A) Pedestrian Sunday Festivals, VENDING REGULATIONS: "Measures will be taken to make sure that vendors from outside the Market aren’t vending without the consent of the local rent-paying merchants." and OUTDOOR FOOD VENDING "Only those establishments registered to sell food on a regular day may sell food during Pedestrian Sundays."

Zimmerman's Freshmart is a food retailer, not a licensed restaurant. You're about to facilitate a vendor of take-away foods (a non BIA-member from outside the Market) to take money from the pockets of your licensed brick and mortar food vendor neighbours whose livelihoods depend solely on sales of take-away foods.

Shame on you Mr. Zimmerman and doubly so as you are a Board Member of the Kensington Market BIA and one who likely assisted in drafting the very Pedestrian Sunday regulations which perhaps through entitlement you choose to flaunt.
Joel / September 25, 2012 at 11:35 am
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It's a hot dog. Any streetside hot dog stand is where the best Toronto hot dogs are found.
Zimmerman's Freshmart replying to a comment from Rosemary / September 25, 2012 at 10:39 pm
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Dear Rosemary,I do agree with your comment that
"Measures... be taken to make sure that vendors from outside the Market aren’t vending without the consent of the local rent-paying merchants."

For clarification Zimmerman's Freshmart will be the licensed vendor and is working together with their supplier to promote Nathan's Hot Dogs.

As per the "KENSINGTON MARKET Street Events Guide for Business Owners" Zimmerman's Freshmart is an approved merchant in Kensington Market and is registered to sell food on any regular day and therefore is allowed to sell food during Pedestrian Sundays." We have been selling food since the day we opened and have done so at every Pedestrian Sunday since it's inception.

I hope that this will clear up any misunderstanding.

Rosemary replying to a comment from Zimmerman's Freshmart / September 26, 2012 at 11:04 am
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You're piggybacking onto your retail business a take-away food vendor from outside the BIA. On a "regular day" Freshmart is a food market selling food off the shelf, not a hot dog stand.

Anyway, you'll do what you feel is right. Carry on.
Zimmerman's Freshmart replying to a comment from Rosemary / September 26, 2012 at 01:42 pm
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We are not using a "take-away food vendor from outside the BIA", we are the vendor.

If you come into our store you will find a large assortment of prepared foods.ie Sushi, Indian roti,salads,a full deli counter with sandwich meats and ready to eat sausages from European Quality Meats and of course a full line of Nathan's Hot Dogs. The list of ready to eat products we carry is quite extensive.

We have on numerous occasions had BBQ's infront of the store promoting the prepared foods we sell on the shelf. To date none of the other bussiness and the community at large have ever had an issue of the type of foods we sell outside.
Rosemary replying to a comment from Zimmerman's Freshmart / September 26, 2012 at 04:26 pm
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Quoting you:

"We are not using a "take-away food vendor from outside the BIA", we are the vendor."

AND

"Nathan's Famous Hot Dog is coming to town.
This Sunday September 30, 2012 they will be setting up a hot dog cart during Kensington Market's Pedestrian Street Festival.
In front of:
Zimmerman's Freshmart"

i.e. a) "...we (Freshmart) are the vendor." and b) "...they (Nathan's) will be setting up a hot dog cart..." Yup. That's piggybacking .
COSPLAY / September 26, 2012 at 10:51 pm
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I've got a great hot dog. Ask me for a bite today!
Zimmerman's Freshmart replying to a comment from Rosemary / September 26, 2012 at 11:02 pm
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Sorry I should of used the word "I" , instead of "they".

I hope that clears things up.

With that being the case I would think your comment"That's piggybacking" would be deemed impossible.
AA / October 4, 2012 at 05:59 pm
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I think the $1.50 dawg & pop at any Costco should make this list somewhere

Don Juan's chip truck down by the Dome is good, too
Apollo / February 1, 2013 at 03:51 pm
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I'm a proponent for any business who can find a special twist on a current favourite. Our cart manufacturing business just had an inquiry about a hot dog cart for a natural, grain fed, organic vendor on the West Coast. You mentioned fusia dog - that's another great example.
Dave / April 23, 2013 at 08:05 am
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If your looking for an all natural dog check out Baldwin st

Great tasting hot dog

Enjoy
Sarah / August 10, 2013 at 02:17 pm
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Best Hot dog joint by FAR: Food kiosk in front of Mountain Equipment Co-op!!! Very good service, extremely clean, and amazing food. Give it a try!
susan / September 18, 2013 at 12:19 pm
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Best ever jalapeno mustard and ketchup for hot dogs...
Aubrey D. Jalapeno Ketchup and mustard. Also tried their Relish and Honey Mustard too, AMAZING!
picked them up at Sobey's,
Heard they have an amazing chipotle mayo and super hot giardineira.
need to look into them for my Burgers, fries and grill cheese.
Tara / October 2, 2013 at 10:25 am
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THERE'S A NEW HOT DOG IN TOWN! I just had it yesterday and it's AMAZING! Americana Hot Dog Co. on Kingston Road near Victoria Park. SO GOOD! Check it!
Anne / October 2, 2013 at 10:38 am
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WHAT ABOUT FANCY FRANKS ON COLLEGE?!?!?
jeff replying to a comment from Anne / October 30, 2013 at 06:04 pm
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i agree fancy franks on college has the BEST hot dog in toronto! Franky goes to buffalo is a must try! www.fancyfranks.com
Aaron Rideout / December 4, 2013 at 12:49 pm
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Great food a nice spot to eat and some of the most beautiful staff members I've ever seen.

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