In the Nashville area, we have not one, not two, but five restaurants devoted exclusively to the hot dog. Naturally, you can find some pretty interesting permutations on the classic theme. One of our favorites is the Fiery Redneck, an unholy union of chili, cheese, jalapenos and bacon on a dog from the Dog of Nashville on Nolensville Road (and soon to be Hillsboro Village as well). Hit up any of these spots for something equally daring, or perhaps just an all-American comfort food fix.
Will AyersJuly 31, 2008
If you dream of sitting, you're going to have to do without at this mobile food cart in East Nashville. Located at the Five Points intersection across from the post office, Weenie features eight specialty dogs, like the Slaw Weenie covered in mustard, onions and homemade slaw. There's no Chi-Town version on the menu (though they can make one to order), but you can try the Rebel Yelp with Tennessee Chow Chow, mustard, onions and jalepenos. All orders available on beef, turkey or tofu dogs. Twitter: @IDreamofWeenie
Zackie's is part of a new wave of hot dog joints opening in Nashville, this one located in the Germantown neighborhood. Zackie's serves up a bevy of all-American dogs to its lucky neighbors, who often spill out the door on weekends waiting to get in their orders. Whereas some dog shops have many pre-coordinated topping combos, here you mostly build your own. Turkey and veggie dogs are available. Dogs start at $3.75; all toppings, from kraut to cheese to tomatoes, are free.
Nothing says summer like a loaded hot dog on a breezy day. Luckily, Hot Diggity Dogs offers dogs and outdoor dining. Owners Layla Vartanian and Gayle Davis have added a veggie dog and burger so non-meat eaters can join carnivorous friends. Dont miss the Chicago-style wiener grilled for that oh-so-satisfying snap, topped with sport peppers, atomic green relish and all the other traditional trimmings. The Nashville dog is also excellent, as is the Caro-Bama dog, adorned with slaw, chili, onions and mustard.