Food & Drink

5 new ATL hot dogs you have to try

Published On 07/17/2014 Published On 07/17/2014

Atlanta Nothing says Summer more than hot dogs... except maybe these 12 things, or Seth Cohen in the first season of The O.C.... but still, hot dogs are super-Summery, especially if they're pimento-topped or inside waffles like some of the five new ATL hot dogs you have to try now. Feast your eyes...


Pimento cheese and bacon hot dog at The Imperial
Oakhurst’s giant patio is the perfect place to grab a couple of cheap pitchers and one of these meaty monstrosities. They’ll throw almost anything on top, but if you keep it simple and Southern with their pimento cheese and bacon, you might even keep your hands clean (and avoid the cardinal sin of using a knife and fork). Continue Reading

The Painted Pin

Waffle Dogs at Painted Pin 
This bowling alley takes a “petite” beef frank and coats it in malted waffle batter, gives it the old cross-hatch treatment, and then pairs it with a sweet soy aioli dipping sauce, giving you a chance to eat two of the world's best foods... at the same time! ON A STICK!!

FLIP burger boutique Poncey Highland

Red Haute Hot Dog at Flip Burger Highlands
After revamping his old HD1 spot and opening one the of the city’s best rooftop patios in the process, Richard Blais decided to keep a little bit of that old gourmet wiener spirit alive via this high-end red-link that's covered in pimento jack, beef chili, and diced red onion.

Sebastian Davis

12er Patak Footlong at Pallookaville
The pile of sweet onions and peppers is the perfect way to balance this intensely savory, specially blended meat log. Pro tip: combine it with one of their many boozy shakes and you've got what might be the ultimate meal. And some stretchy pants, hopefully.

Sebastian Davis

Mexi Hot Dog with bacon at Cook-out 
This new, must-try fast-food spot is getting all sorts of love for its burgers and shakes, but their char-grilled dogs are a fine piece of work as well. The “Mexi” version is covered in nacho cheese, chili, hot sauce, and veggies. By the time you add on extra bacon, the actual link will be well out of sight.

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1. The Imperial 726 W College Ave, Decatur, GA 30030 (Decatur)

The Imperial's an oasis where you can get great pub fare with an intense beer selection. Their must­-try is the pimento cheese and bacon “Southern Living Burger”.

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2. The Painted Pin 737 Miami Cir NE, Atlanta, GA 30324

This isn't your average bowling alley with limp, greasy pizza and lukewarm hot dogs. No, The Painted Pin is serving up wood-fired pizzas and malted mini Waffle Dogs w/ sweet soy aioli. Plus they've got signature cocktails like a Moscow Mule Slushie that probably won't help your score but are totally worth it.

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3. FLiP Burger Boutique 1587 Howell Mill Rd NW, Atlanta, GA 30318 (Midtown)

Flip Burger Boutique, the Atlanta-born, modern burger joint from acclaimed Chef Richard Blais, was one of the city’s first to hone in on boutique burgers, and it ignited a frenzy. Now with locations in Nashville and Birmingham, Flip continues to serve the Southeastern masses over a dozen innovative burgers, sides, and nitro-milkshakes. You can’t go wrong with the Classic, but the Stack is something really special (two specialty-seasoned patties, American cheese, grilled onions, tomato, shredded lettuce, pickles, flip sauce, you’re welcome). If you’re craving adventure, try the raw steak tartare burger, or go poultry with the fried chicken sandwich, or avoid meat all together with the "Fauxlafel." No matter what you order, it’s important to enjoy it with a side of sweet potato tots, and to wash it down with a milkshake.

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4. Cook-out 550 Fair Rd, Atlanta, GA 30316

They've got killer burgers and hot dogs. Be sure to try the Mexi Hot Dog with bacon -- it's drowned in nacho cheese, chili, hot sauce, and veggies.

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5. Pallookaville Fine Foods 17N Avondale Plaza, Avondale Estates, GA 30002

For all of those times you're craving a ginormous corn dog, head to this retro spot that also slings boozy milkshakes. Whatever you do, don't forget to order the $6 Sea Witch, an awesome twist on a Bloody Mary made with local Batdorf & Bronson coffee and Guinness and rimmed with Old Bay seasoning.