Hot Diggity! Grab a Gourmet Dog in Metro Detroit

By: Toni Cunningham | April 14, 2013
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Some things just go together: peanut butter and jelly, Taylor Swift and heartbreak, and hot dogs and baseball season.

The most wonderful time of the year is back, folks! That means fresh spring air, the crack of a baseball bat and, yep, you guessed it, hot dogs. The next time you yearn for a hot dog but aren’t at the ballpark, skip the simplistic (yet beloved!) chili, onions and yellow mustard, and try one of these unique creations instead:

Hippos Hot Dogs, 1648 Rochester Rd., Troy, has over a dozen hot dog, sausage and bratwurst specialties on its menu. Meaning, you can order anything from a basic Slaw Dog (with mustard and cole slaw) to the massive Ultimate Dog (a quarter-pound hot dog with Hippo toppings, sauerkraut, marinated mixed veggies and double chili). Paired with a side of potato salad or chili fries, it makes the perfect lunch.

What’s Up Dawg? Deli, 19327 Carlysle, Dearborn, has a plethora of choices on its menu, including turkey dogs and veggie dogs. One might feel obligated to order The Detroiter, but The Wagon Train (with salsa and Monterey jack cheese) and The Windy City (with mustard, onion, relish, tomato, pickle spear, jalapeno and celery salt on a poppy seed bun) are also great choices.

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Bucharest Grill, 2040 Park Ave., Detroit, is known for its Chicken Shawarma, but the menu also features several gourmet dogs. Try The Hamtramck, a dog with red cabbage, bacon and spicy mustard, served on a sesame bun. If you’re a fan of heat, go for The 1020 Red Hot, a spicy dog with dill and grainy mustard.

Wurst Bar, 705 W. Cross St., Ypsilanti, only serves brats that are made and ground in-house by the restaurant’s chefs. The menu is divided into “usual” and “unusual” varieties, so if you’ve got adventurous taste buds, look to the latter. I don’t mean spicy brown mustard instead of yellow mustard unusual, either. I mean Spicy Rattlesnake Chorizo and Alligator & Crawfish Boudin unusual.

Gourmet Hot Dogs, 2 E. John R, Detroit, is the perfect place to grab a curbside hot dog after a night out on the town. The menu features a few specialty dogs and a variety of add ons to customize your order. If you’re looking for the best seller, order The Cleveland Style Polish Boy, which includes cole slaw, fries and special sauce.

Whether you’re watching America’s favorite past time or not, indulge in what Detroit’s best known for and relish (sorry, I had to) a hot dog.