Sun’s out, buns out — hot dog buns, that is. From community grill-outs to baseball game brats, summer really is the season of the hot dog. That’s why we’ve rounded up 7 local spots to get your frank fix.
Sam’s Hot Dog Stand, 105 N. Limestone | Small, quaint + always delicious — this downtown staple provides a quick, budget-friendly lunch.
Editor’s Choice: City Editor Aaron often stops in here for lunch and orders two hot dogs with mustard, relish, onion, + jalapeno.
Boonedog’s Bar and Restaurant, 5902 Old Richmond Rd. | This local eatery serves up gourmet hot dogs, cocktails, + craft beer in a peaceful setting — surrounded by rolling hills and horse farms on the south end of town.
Pro tip: The Kentucky Dog is a unique spin on the classic Chicago-style dog — chow chow, sport peppers, house pickles, tomato, + everything seasoning.
Double Dogs, 1916 Justice Dr. | Stop by this Hamburg-based restaurant after your next Costco run.
Pro tip: Don’t let the name fool you — this place also serves up wings, salads, sandwiches, + more.
Da Dawg House, 101 W. Loudon Ave. | This mom + pop-style joint is located inside Greyline Station and serves up delicious dogs with dozens of customizable topping options.
Pro tip: The banana pudding tastes homemade — because it is.
Mama Dee’s Coney Island, 340 E. New Circle Rd. | This is the kind of place only the locals know about. The menu features classic coney-style dogs — chili, mustard, + onion — but also boasts chili cheese fries, Reuben sandwiches, and seafood gumbo.
South of Wrigley, 472 Southland Dr. | One of Lexington’s newest restaurants, this joint serves up classic Chicago-style dogs + Italian beef sandwiches.
D’s Cafe, 1818 Bryan Station Rd. | This might be one of the few places you can still go to get a $5 lunch — a hotdog lunch combo is $5.30
Pro tip: This place is famous for its “D’ Dog” — a hotdog topped with cucumber dressing and fresh diced tomatoes.
If you’re more of the cookout type, don’t forget to invite us to the neighborhood barbecue + stock up on these essentials before firing up the grill.