These hot dogs give coneys a run for their money

By: Katie Goncalves | July 25, 2022

When you think of hot dogs in Detroit, most likely your mind immediately goes to the traditional coney dog. For decades, establishments have been battling for the title of the best coney dog, but what about all of the other incredible hot dogs in Metro Detroit? Who is speaking for the unique dogs with international toppings and intriguing ingredients? These are the places you have to check out if you’re a true hot dog fan. And who knows? Maybe you’ll be convinced of a new best in town…


Atomic Dawg

Atomic Dawg in Berkley has no shortage of unique hot dogs on its menu. From the Hula which includes teriyaki sauce, grilled pineapple, and Japanese mayo to the Swanky Franky slathered in jalapeno lava cheddar, you’re sure to be able to find something you haven’t had before. As a bonus, any dog on their menu can be made into a vegan dog. 

Laika Dog

Located inside the UFO Factory on Trumbull, Laika Dog has some of the craziest combinations of hot dog toppings in the city. If you’ve ever wondered what a PB&J would be like on a hot dog, they have it. They offer vegan hot dog options as well with the Bahn mi dog being a popular choice. And just when you thought hot dogs were just for lunch and dinner, they went ahead and added the Waffle Dogs and the Monte Cristo Dog to their brunch menu on the weekends. 

Diamond Dogs 

While just a hot dog cart, Diamond Dogs is the place to go for a wide variety of hot dogs to choose from. Ms. Diamond serves up twelve different types of sausages and hot dogs at her cart in the historic Eastern Market at the corner of Gratiot and Russell Street. Crowd favorites include the Chicago Style hot dog and the Red Hot Franks. 

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Vinsetta Garage

A Berkley favorite, Vinsetta Garage has two unique hot dog offerings on their menu. Their solo hot dog is called The 3 A.M. Dog and includes house-made bacon jam, sriracha mayo, a sunny side-up egg, and spicy fried onions. Perhaps more awe-inspiring is their Sir Shakes Coney Pie, which is a pizza topped with hot dogs, chili, mustard, and onions. 

Mercury Burger & Bar

Situated in Corktown, Mercury Burger & Bar has a few unique hot dogs on its menu. Not to be missed is the N.Y., N.Y. which comes topped with corned beef, sauerkraut, and spicy mustard. 

Amar Pizza

What’s a pizza place doing on a hot dog list? Well, Amar Pizza in Hamtramck takes their idea of putting Bangladeshi ingredients on pizza and does the same thing with hot dogs. Who wouldn’t want a tandoori hot dog covered in cilantro and onions? 


Imperial on Woodward Avenue in Ferndale is famous for their Sonoran-style hot dogs, or hot dogs wrapped in bacon. Think of all of your favorite Mexican flavors like beans, chorizo, and queso fresco on top of a bacon-wrapped hot dog. Not to worry, they offer vegetarian hot dogs as well.