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The Best Hot Dogs in Toronto

Posted by Liora Ipsum / August 10, 2015

hot dog torontoThe best hot dogs in Toronto prove that size doesn't matter. These weiners come in all different shapes and sizes ranging from snack-sized steamies to foot-long franks, and they can be had with any number of toppings, from traditional combinations of mustard, onions and slaw, or chili and cheese, to over-the-top monstrosities slathered with peanut butter and jam, hollandaise, or loaded with kimchi.

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

See also: The top 50 burgers in Toronto.

WVRST

WVRST

This King West establishment specializes in sausage-making and offers over two dozen types of house-made wieners. Options range from traditional styles to exotic game meats, but for an upgrade to the classic, go for the all beef Danger Dog ($6.50) wrapped in bacon. More »

Smoke's Weinerie

Smoke's Weinerie

The extension of Smoke's Poutinerie deals in gourmet dogs ranging in size from steamies to footlongs. These wieners are available with elaborate toppings that channel other already guilt-inducing junk foods - the names say it all - there's a poutine dog, a deli dog, a pizza dog, and even a PB&J bacon dog. More »

Let's be Frank

Let's be Frank

From food truck to fully licensed bricks and mortar restaurant, this hot dog shop slings Nathan's beef franks on Silverstein buns. Choose from three sizes and 12 different varieties including a classic chili and mustard topped Coney dog, and an eccentric katsu featuring a deep fried panko-crusted hot dog dressed with wasabi mayo, and green onions. More »

Real Sports

Real Sports

This massive downtown sports bar serves up footlongs ($10), loaded with poutine ($13), chili and cheese ($13.50), or dressed Chicago style ($13.50). Each order includes fries or salad. More »

The Contender

The Contender

Classic concessions at this Dundas West sports bar include a Nathan's dog doused in melty jalapeno cheddar sauce. A single hotdog sells for $5, or get two for $7. More »

Don Don Izakaya

Don Don Izakaya

This Japanese pub house is home to sweet flavoured, Tokyo-style hot dogs loaded with spicy kimchi, or, dressed with teriyaki sauce and kewpie mayo. It's the next best thing to Japadog east of Vancouver. More »

Fancy Franks

Fancy Franks

Hotdogs from this chain of hot dog shops are available in over a dozen fancy varieties that channel classic combinations like franks with beans and bacon, as well as creative combinations like the Fancy Francine, a breakfast dog smothered with hollandaise and topped with bacon and a fried egg. More »

Completo

Completo

This Chilean-style sandwich shop in Leslieville serves up premium hot dogs ($7) on toasty buns, dressed up with gaucamole, salsa, mayo, red pepper sauce, and hot sauce. More »

Shakes and Franks

Shakes and Franks

This takeout shop in The Beaches sells Nathan's Famous ballpark franks, available in six-inch and footlong sizes that can be dressed to order with a huge array of housemade toppings, or done up in one of six signature dogs like the Mac Attack featuring a deep fried bacon wrapped dog loaded with mac n' cheese. More »

Uncle Betty's Diner

Uncle Betty's Diner

The midtown diner serves up quarter pound franks free of gluten, fillers and byproducts. Keep it simple with The Plaine Jane ($12) or go for the namesake dog ($12) dressed with roasted garlic aioli, caramelized onions and sautéed mushrooms. More »

Disgraceland

Disgraceland

Do dinner doggie style (forgive me) at this restaurant in Bloorcourt where the menu bills oddities like the Trailer Park Dog ($8) dressed with cheese whiz and potato chips. Every order comes with a choice of side, and the option of a beef or veggie dog. More »

Discussion

24 Comments

james / August 10, 2015 at 01:30 pm
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Wvrst has the worst service and arrogance all the way
also, why am I tipping when there is no service and it is a counter outlet?

NO THANKS to their rudeness
would not reward their attitude with a tip!
Al / August 10, 2015 at 01:34 pm
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Fancy Franks

is that like:

jumbo shrimp
military intelligence
ministry of defense??

Jm / August 10, 2015 at 01:39 pm
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This list fails because you neglected to include Ghe city's famous street meat. All I see here are snobby boutique dogs.
Frankly / August 10, 2015 at 01:40 pm
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Quasi Meat rendered in tube form... no thanks
kasual replying to a comment from james / August 10, 2015 at 01:41 pm
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Your perception of the service at Wvrst aside, and I'm inclined to agree, would you tip a barista who is making you a coffee or a bartender who makes you a pint? The servers at Wvrst also do deliver food to the table, they just don't take orders. Those people and the kitchen staff still make a wage that is in part predicated on tipping. If you don't feel comfortable tipping because of the quality of the service, fine, but don't make it about the format of the restaurant.
Salma replying to a comment from kasual / August 10, 2015 at 02:00 pm
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I want to add my voice

I am against gratuity as a concept because it allows resto owners to set low wages but in the case of Wvrst (or any other similar biz) one shall not reward bad service with gratuity
Gratuity is a reward not automatic
GAB / August 10, 2015 at 02:03 pm
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The fact that Basa Hotdog would is not included hear is a crime. This list is a farce!
Russell / August 10, 2015 at 02:44 pm
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How is Uncle Betty's still open.
A replying to a comment from Salma / August 10, 2015 at 03:27 pm
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I agree with your opposition, but you are punishing service employees for working in a system which allows owners to exploit them. There are more productive ways (mostly political) to change the system without punishing those harmed by it.
Matt / August 10, 2015 at 04:02 pm
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LEts Be Frank is definitely one of the best...glad to see it in Top 3
pokerface / August 10, 2015 at 05:14 pm
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IKEA!!!
Mo replying to a comment from A / August 10, 2015 at 06:56 pm
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This makes no sense
The employees at Wvrst are terrible and have lots of attitude
They think they are gods and give customers attitude

No smiles, no thank yous and no kind service = no tip
and I mean ZERO
G / August 10, 2015 at 07:10 pm
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Wurst sells sausages, not hot dogs...
Stephanie replying to a comment from Frankly / August 10, 2015 at 08:25 pm
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You nailed it

"tube" lol
eric / August 10, 2015 at 09:26 pm
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never had any issues with service at WVRST. However, they make sausages. Not hot dogs. They do have 1 sausage on their menu and it's crazy good. People just love to hate out here. It's hilarious. Also, the extreme haters of wvrst obviously have a bone to pick. Get a life.
Atsui / August 10, 2015 at 09:59 pm
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Anyone who calls Don Don's hotdogs "Tokyo-style" has clearly never been to Tokyo.
Yup. / August 10, 2015 at 10:59 pm
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Costco has the best dogs. Seriously . Try it. Everybody knows it's about the soft bun, in the end.
Josh / August 10, 2015 at 11:42 pm
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NOt sure if I like restaurant hot dogs vs. street cart meat vs. mine on my BBQ!
JC / August 11, 2015 at 08:28 am
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I must chime in that I've never had attitude or rudeness at Wvrst, and I love the food there. I've had cheery greetings, the girl who cleared out tables asked me how I was enjoying my food, with smiles... seriously, very communal, pleasant experience. I don't doubt some people had bad experiences, it happens, but it's not my take away.
I don't like enforced gratuities, but at the same time I don't really like the economics behind gratuities in the first place. It's like a hold over from the barter system - treat me nicely and I'll give you more money, and btw they're paying you shit, here. Service should be part of the overhead and part of why you return. Staff should be pleasant as part of their job requirements. Tips by default say "some of our staff suck - did you get the good one"?
Oh yeah, no hot dogs there. It's a German style sausage house. Really couldn't be a lot more different than what I call a hot dog.
Jam / August 11, 2015 at 11:11 am
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I suspect this blog is being spammed by Wvrrst
Seriously. I admit we went once and were really turned off by the tipping when you have to do your own service, the expensive prices and MOST IMPORTANTLY the lack of customer attention or care (it is just sausages guys stop the attitude) but I am being honest: we only went once
Hating Haters Since 2003 / August 11, 2015 at 01:20 pm
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It's obvious the comments directed at Número Uno on this list, are being written up by the same sad and lonely person, who's parents clearly didn't hold them enough as a child. Poor thing.
hotdogs / August 12, 2015 at 09:01 pm
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Its a hot dog..... take it easy... a good hotdog should be a no brained. Trend of the year for no effort.
Jaime / August 21, 2015 at 07:21 pm
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Wvrst had he crappiest sausage this side of 7-11
Unless things have changed this year defintely avoid the shrivelled bland thing they call sausage at Wvrst
I would tolerate the attitude or just not tip if it were just the service but with them THEIR MAIN FEATURE is sucky!
Andrew / August 29, 2015 at 03:16 pm
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Avid any restaurant with forced tipping.. it is just a price increase that's all

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