Tube Steak Break

Hot diggity! Here are America's most head-turning hot dog stands

Weinerlicious, Mackinaw City, Michigan (yooperann/Flickr)

Record-breaking traffic. Rain. President Trump’s decision to move $2.5 million from the National Park Service budget to pay for an over-the-top Independence Day parade complete with tanks. With all of the July 4th gloom to wallow in, why not drown your sorrows in food? And what better food for July 4th emotional eating than the humble hot dog? There is no substitute for a juicy frank, especially when it’s consumed under the delightful glow of retro neon.

To that end, AN has rounded up America’s high-design sausage sit-downs, weenie joints, and tube steak emporiums so you, dear reader, may eat in style this holiday weekend:

Hot dog stand topped by two gendered hot dogs

Signage at Superdawg in Chicago. (Jimmy Emerson, DVM/Flickr)

Chicago’s Superdawg has been slinging topping-heavy hot dogs since 1948.

Dog House restaurant with green roof

Dog House in Hillsborough, North Carolina (Image via Roadside Architecture)

This 1970s North Carolina mini-chain operates out of huts shaped like dog houses (woof!). The trash cans are designed to look like fire hydrants.

Mark's Hot Dogs with palm trees

Mark’s Hot Dogs, San Jose, California (Arlene U. Illa/Flickr)

The big (literal) orange that is Mark’s Hot Dogs has been a fixture in San Jose since 1936.

A hot dog pagoda with copper roof

Walter’s Hot Dog Stand in Mamaroneck, NY (J. Van Meter/Wikimedia Commons)

The National Register of Historic Places–listed, family-owned, pagoda-shaped Walter’s splits its dogs like a book before they hit the grill. Across the street from Mamaroneck High School, the stand has served up tube steaks to teens and country club dads for 100 years.

A large hot dog stand with people walking inside

The Coney Island Hot Dog Stand in Bailey, Colorado (Johnwolfman/Wikimedia Commons)

The Coney Island Hot Dog Stand is a duck of a dog! It’s Boomer-aged but the franks are always fresh.

A massive hot dog lying across the top of a roadside hut

Weinerlicious, Mackinaw City, Michigan (yooperann/Flickr)

Green roof? No, I said ween(ie) roof! The fiberglass-and-steel tube steak on top of Wienerlicious is 60 feet long and it’s perfect. This guy agrees:

Signage at Superdawg in Chicago. (Keith Cooper/Flickr)

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