April 17, 2015

9 Places to Get a Great Hot Dog in Cleveland

Cleveland lost a piece of edible history when Steve's Lunch tragically caught fire a few weeks ago. This unfortunate event also marked the demise of a great hot dog joint. It prompts us to pay respect to the many other dog joints throughout Northeast Ohio. Here are 9 spots that, along with Steve's, will never die in our hearts and our stomachs.

By Jason Buedert

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The Hot Dog Cart - Corner of West 3rd and St. Clair in downtown Cleveland - Since 1985, this street cart has been satiating hungry Clevelanders during their lunch breaks. (Photo via Flickr CC, dinercraft.)
The Hot Dog Cart - Corner of West 3rd and St. Clair in downtown Cleveland - Since 1985, this street cart has been satiating hungry Clevelanders during their lunch breaks. (Photo via Flickr CC, dinercraft.)
Progressive Field - 2401 Ontario St. -  Sugardale's all-beef hot dog with Ball Park mustard is worth a trip to the stadium in and of itself. (Photo by JKeppler615, Instagram)
Progressive Field - 2401 Ontario St. - Sugardale's all-beef hot dog with Ball Park mustard is worth a trip to the stadium in and of itself. (Photo by JKeppler615, Instagram)
Happy Dog - 5801 Detroit Ave. and 11625 Euclid Ave. -  We recommend Iron Chef Michael Symon's favorite featuring alien relish, peanut butter, and Sriracha. Or, be brave and try every single topping on hand like in the picture above.
Happy Dog - 5801 Detroit Ave. and 11625 Euclid Ave. - We recommend Iron Chef Michael Symon's favorite featuring alien relish, peanut butter, and Sriracha. Or, be brave and try every single topping on hand like in the picture above.
Hot Dog in Heaven - 493 Cleveland Ave, Amherst - 
This Amherst classic offers a killer B.L.T. dog with lettuce, tomato, bacon, and mayo. (Photo via Mitch C., Yelp)
Hot Dog in Heaven - 493 Cleveland Ave, Amherst - This Amherst classic offers a killer B.L.T. dog with lettuce, tomato, bacon, and mayo. (Photo via Mitch C., Yelp)
ABC Tavern - 1872 W 25th St. - Get the Atomic Dog, a 1/4 pound all-beef bacon-wrapped jalapeño-stuffed dog, deep fried and served on a grilled chili oil bun with sriracha aioli. (Photo via rogue_wayne, Instagram)
ABC Tavern - 1872 W 25th St. - Get the Atomic Dog, a 1/4 pound all-beef bacon-wrapped jalapeño-stuffed dog, deep fried and served on a grilled chili oil bun with sriracha aioli. (Photo via rogue_wayne, Instagram)
Charlie's DogHouse Diner - 2102 Brookpark Rd. Parma - Originally a hot dog shack from the 50's this Parma landmark is still slinging some tasty dogs.
Charlie's DogHouse Diner - 2102 Brookpark Rd. Parma - Originally a hot dog shack from the 50's this Parma landmark is still slinging some tasty dogs.
Hot Dog Diner - 5494 Pearl Rd, Parma - We're partial to the Wagon Train Dog, which starts off with their "snappy dog," topped with homemade chili, onions, and sour cream.
Hot Dog Diner - 5494 Pearl Rd, Parma - We're partial to the Wagon Train Dog, which starts off with their "snappy dog," topped with homemade chili, onions, and sour cream.
Barocco Grill - 12906 Madison Ave, Lakewood - Get the Super Dog, two hot dogs topped with Ranchero, pineapple, and garlic sauces, then finished with crumpled potato chips and melted mozzarella cheese.
Barocco Grill - 12906 Madison Ave, Lakewood - Get the Super Dog, two hot dogs topped with Ranchero, pineapple, and garlic sauces, then finished with crumpled potato chips and melted mozzarella cheese.
River Dog Cafe - 19900 Detroit Rd, Rocky River - We recommend the Cuban Dog: Capicola, salami, swiss, pickle, mustard, mayo,  tops this all natiral dog then split open and pressed, just like your favorite Cubano.
River Dog Cafe - 19900 Detroit Rd, Rocky River - We recommend the Cuban Dog: Capicola, salami, swiss, pickle, mustard, mayo, tops this all natiral dog then split open and pressed, just like your favorite Cubano.