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5 Hot Dogs You Should Be Eating This Summer
Making this summer tolerable, one hot dog at a time.
We know summer is a very loose term here in Miami, a place with really only three forms of weather: hot, very hot, and terrifying thunderstorms. However, we will happily take any excuse to eat all the so-called “summer foods,” especially when it comes to hot dogs. Below are some spots currently open for takeout and delivery that serve our favorite dogs in town. Go eat them all in the name of this “summer” people speak of.
Babe's Meat & Counter
Everything at this Palmetto Bay butcher shop and deli is great, but if you happen to be in the mood for tubed meat between bread, they’ve got you covered. You can order a hot dog or cheddarwurst with relish and diced onions. Cheese sauce, sauerkraut, and kimchi are available at an additional cost that is absolutely worth it. The menu here does change based on availability - so if you’re hellbent on a hot dog, call ahead just to make sure they’ve got them.
The Miami Shores butcher shop and sandwich place just started selling hot dogs, which is the best decision anyone’s made in this town over the last six months. You can customize your own or go with one of their specials. We recommend the DUBBQ, which is just a little sweet and smokey, or the Cheesy Onion Dog, which kind of tastes like a hot dog that secretly wanted to be a cheeseburger when it grew up. Per usual, there are no bad decisions here.
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This outdoor MiMo restaurant serves a wide variety of hot dogs. There are over a dozen regional versions, like the Coney Island with sauerkraut and spicy brown mustard or the Chicago, which has all the things those fine people love to throw on their dogs. But our go-to order here is the Tropical, topped with Thousand Island dressing, swiss cheese, pineapple, bacon, and crumbled potato chips. We can’t help but eat it in approximately four seconds.
Arbetter's Hot Dogs
Arbetter’s is a classic Miami operation. The Westchester mainstay has been around since 1959, and people really love their chili dogs. That’s what this place is known for, but really every form of hot dog (which they fry) is good here. Also, if you leave without an order of cheese fries, we don’t understand you.
Sweet Dogs 305
The Flagami spot has some pretty dressed up hot dogs. The Panther (named after our hockey team, in case you forgot we had one) has ham, peppers, sweet relish, and fried chow mein noodles. Other versions come topped with things like mac and cheese, pineapple, and pepitas, and more combinations that make your average backyard dog look downright boring.