Food & Drink

The 12 Best Hot Dog Spots in Portland

Published On 03/30/2015 Published On 03/30/2015
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1. Clutch Sausagery 230 NW Lost Springs Terrace , Portland, OR 97229 (Beaverton Hillsdale)

One of the pricier dogs on the list, Chef Ken Norris’ suburb spot serves funky takes like pad thai chicken and beef nachos ($10 and $9, respectively) from a menu that is divided into types of meat: beef, bird, or pork -- surprisingly there’re no vegan options -- and it even has three salads to choose from.

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2. Donnie Vegas 1203 NE Alberta St, Portland, OR 97211

These guys keep prices for their dogs low (the most expensive are $4), which is good news for you because that means you can spend more on the tap cocktails.

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3. Beez Neez Hot Dogs & Sausages 430 SW 3rd Ave., Portland, OR 97204 (Downtown)

Beez Neez is doing its best to take over the Pacific Northwest with a locations in Portland Seattle. They offer traditional sausages and dogs, but its specialty is in wilder meats, specifically an Alaskan reindeer sausage. Tasty Rudolph meat is mixed with beef, pork, and “Old World” spices before being cased and tossed on the grill.

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4. Dog Town 2880 SE Division St, Portland, OR 97086

In true Portland fashion, the folks here make their own buns, sausages, pickles, and even condiments. They offer a few different options, including a Philly cheesesteak-inspired version called the Rocky Balboa, or you can pick up one of their sheets and design your own.

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5. The Fried Onion SE Alder, Portland, OR 97214

A New York cart through and through, even advertising a surcharge of $1.25 for any Red Sox fans. They’re set up on a street corner in the quickly developing Central Eastside District so make sure to get there soon before some developer shows up and buys the plot for one of those new fangled condos we’re seeing everywhere.

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6. Nick's Famous Coney Island 3746 SE Hawthorne Blvd, Portland, OR 97214

One of Portland’s oldest restaurants, let alone hot dog vendors, Nick’s has been a staple on Hawthorne since 1936. Although there have been a few updates since then, the menu remains largely unchanged and includes smokey eight-inchers on local buns with a variety of toppings.

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7. Zach's Shack 4611 SE Hawthorne Blvd, Portland, OR 97215 (Hawthorne Dist)

A friendly, nabe-y dive that specializes in cheap drinks, warm service, and super dogs (filled with cheese or topped with anything you can imagine) that are best eaten late-night.

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8. Otto's Sausage Kitchen 4138 SE Woodstock Blvd, Portland, OR 97202 (Woodstock)

Otto’s Meat Market was opened in Portland in 1922, making it the longest running business on this list. Founded by German immigrants, Otto’s wasn’t always known for its sausages, however, in 1983 Otto’s grandson took over the store with his wife and began growing the retail shop by focusing on frankfurters. It has grown every year since, and is widely known as one of the best sausage spots in the US.

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9. Franks-A-Lot 2845 E Burnside St, Portland, OR 97214

A little A-frame cottage in the parking lot of East Burnside’s Whole Foods, Franks-A-Lot was once called The Dog House but has always focused on quick, take-away, drive-thru dogs. Although the name and ownership are different, the franks remain the same. Our favorite? The Long Wiener Frank, which is just what it sounds like and, if you believe the menu, “Kids love ‘em.”

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