Fun & Flavorful Ways to Enjoy Your Classic Hot Dog
1. Clutch Sausagery230 NW Lost Springs Terrace , Portland
2. Donnie Vegas1203 NE Alberta St, Portland
3. Beez Neez Hot Dogs & Sausages430 SW 3rd Ave., Portland
4. Dog Town2880 SE Division St, Portland
5. The Fried OnionSE Alder, Portland
6. Nick's Famous Coney Island3746 SE Hawthorne Blvd, Portland
7. Zach's Shack4611 SE Hawthorne Blvd, Portland
8. Otto's Sausage Kitchen4138 SE Woodstock Blvd, Portland
9. Franks-A-Lot2845 E Burnside St, Portland
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.”