20 Essential Cleveland Hot Dog Joints

Hot dogs!  We've got your hot dogs here! There are plenty of great spots to get a dog around Northeast Ohio summer and no better way to get a taste of summer. Whether it's an old-school dog diner, a more contemporary bar, a food truck or a Cleveland staple, the town is blessed with cased meats from east to west.
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 Dan’s Dogs Diner
111 West Liberty St., Medina 
Looking for a hot dog in Medina? Dan’s is the spot for you. You’ll step into the 1950s at this diner, where they grill all beef hot dogs to order and you can choose from over 50 toppings. Pair it with a milkshake and you’re golden.

Dan’s Dogs Diner

111 West Liberty St., Medina

Looking for a hot dog in Medina? Dan’s is the spot for you. You’ll step into the 1950s at this diner, where they grill all beef hot dogs to order and you can choose from over 50 toppings. Pair it with a milkshake and you’re golden.
Dynamite Dawgs
6312 Ste. A, Center St., Mentor 
Known as the #1 destination for fair food, Dynamite Dawgs in Mentor has some of the best all beef hot dogs around. They have over 20 signature dawgs including ones topped with Flamin’ Hot Cheetos, crispy hash browns, corned beef and much more. Pair with their deep fried garlic cheese curds or pickle chips and you’ll have the perfect fair fare.

Dynamite Dawgs

6312 Ste. A, Center St., Mentor

Known as the #1 destination for fair food, Dynamite Dawgs in Mentor has some of the best all beef hot dogs around. They have over 20 signature dawgs including ones topped with Flamin’ Hot Cheetos, crispy hash browns, corned beef and much more. Pair with their deep fried garlic cheese curds or pickle chips and you’ll have the perfect fair fare.
 Hot Dog Heaven
493 Cleveland Ave., Amherst 
At Hot Dog Heaven in Amherst, they’ve been serving hot dogs for over 40 years and they’ve basically perfected them at this point. The fries are damn good too.
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Hot Dog Heaven

493 Cleveland Ave., Amherst

At Hot Dog Heaven in Amherst, they’ve been serving hot dogs for over 40 years and they’ve basically perfected them at this point. The fries are damn good too.
 Frank’s
1979 West 25th St., in the West Side Market, Cleveland 
Hard or soft roll, with or without kraut, brown or yellow mustard. To many, these are the choices that begin a day of shopping at the West Side Market. Do everybody a favor and know what you want before you reach the counter.
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Frank’s

1979 West 25th St., in the West Side Market, Cleveland

Hard or soft roll, with or without kraut, brown or yellow mustard. To many, these are the choices that begin a day of shopping at the West Side Market. Do everybody a favor and know what you want before you reach the counter.
 Hot Dog Diner & Burger
5494 Pearl Rd., Parma
In Parma, the Hot Dog Diner and Burger serves some tasty dogs. Their hillbilly jumbo dog is topped with chili and cole slaw and is definitely going to fill you up.

Hot Dog Diner & Burger

5494 Pearl Rd., Parma

In Parma, the Hot Dog Diner and Burger serves some tasty dogs. Their hillbilly jumbo dog is topped with chili and cole slaw and is definitely going to fill you up.
 Nathan’s Famous
184 Crocker Park, Westlake 
What would a hot dog list be without Nathan’s Famous? The only outpost of the national chain is at Crocker Park, where you can find the all beef hot dogs and crinkle fries known throughout the world.

Nathan’s Famous

184 Crocker Park, Westlake

What would a hot dog list be without Nathan’s Famous? The only outpost of the national chain is at Crocker Park, where you can find the all beef hot dogs and crinkle fries known throughout the world.
 River Dog Food Truck
All Around Town 
Nothing like grabbing a hot dog from a food truck. And River Dog Cafe is one of the best around. Their specialty dogs include specials like their danger dog, wrapped with bacon and topped with a cheddar sauce and a pickle and pepper relish, their Jenny dog with bacon, brie and honey truffle glaze and a bunch of other awesome options.

River Dog Food Truck

All Around Town

Nothing like grabbing a hot dog from a food truck. And River Dog Cafe is one of the best around. Their specialty dogs include specials like their danger dog, wrapped with bacon and topped with a cheddar sauce and a pickle and pepper relish, their Jenny dog with bacon, brie and honey truffle glaze and a bunch of other awesome options.
 Banter
3401 Tuttle Rd., Shaker Heights
The polish boy is a Cleveland staple, so no hot dog list would be complete without at least a couple of polish boys. In early 2020, the Food Network let loose their list of the "Best Sandwiches in America." Banter’s Polish boy was included on this list.
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Banter

3401 Tuttle Rd., Shaker Heights

The polish boy is a Cleveland staple, so no hot dog list would be complete without at least a couple of polish boys. In early 2020, the Food Network let loose their list of the "Best Sandwiches in America." Banter’s Polish boy was included on this list.
 Hounds Hot Dogs
6851 West 130th St., Parma Heights 
In Parma Heights, Hounds is the spot for a good hot dog. Whether you want it plain, with chili, with chili and cheese or however you like it, try Hounds.

Hounds Hot Dogs

6851 West 130th St., Parma Heights

In Parma Heights, Hounds is the spot for a good hot dog. Whether you want it plain, with chili, with chili and cheese or however you like it, try Hounds.
 Swensons
Various Locations 
For a proper drive-in dining experience, Swensons is the place. Locals have been scarfing down Swensons' no-frills fare since 1934, including the house special Galley Boy. And while the burgers may be the go to, don’t sleep on the dogs.
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Swensons

Various Locations

For a proper drive-in dining experience, Swensons is the place. Locals have been scarfing down Swensons' no-frills fare since 1934, including the house special Galley Boy. And while the burgers may be the go to, don’t sleep on the dogs.