Hot dogs have been a favorite American treat for over 100 years. But outside of summer backyard barbecues and ballgames, they’re often overshadowed by more foodie-friendly favorites like burgers or tacos. Like the other two, hot dogs have a humble origin as casual street food, but while specialty burger shops and taquerias have exploded in popularity over the past few decades, you never hear as much buzz about the hot dog.
That’s a shame, because there are a few places putting their own mouthwatering twists on this meaty classic. Here’s where you can find some of the IE’s best dogs:
The Hot Dog Shoppe – Corona – An IE favorite, known for it’s huge variety of dogs, with toppings as off-the-wall as peanut butter & jelly and macaroni & cheese.
Portillo’s – Moreno Valley – This legendary Midwestern chain serves hot dogs, sausages, and sandwiches with a Chicago flare. Think hot dogs piled high with mustard, relish, and onions, and hearty Italian beef sandwiches dripping with gravy. We are lucky to have one of only two locations in all of California.
The Deli – Rancho Cucamonga – Come for Weenie Wednesdays, where any hot dog loaded with any toppings you want are only a dollar each.
The Dog Haus – Corona – Originally from Pasedena, this chain has expanded into the IE. Known for some unique combinations and exotic toppings, such as arugula, aioli, and Thai peanut sauce.
Bratworks – San Bernardino and Redlands – Build your own dog by choosing your sausage, toppings, and even your type of bun.
Devil Dogs Gourmet Hot Dogs – Temecula – Aside from having plenty of specialty hot dogs and sausages, their name “Devil Dogs” pays homage to the United States Marine Corps, and there are regular discounts for veterans.
Haybirds Hot Dogs – Apple Valley – Locally owned, but serving authentic versions of dogs from places like Chicago and Detroit (among other specialties).