The Best Hot Dogs in Toronto
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). 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.
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 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 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 »
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 »
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 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 »