Regardless of who you are, what you do, or where you come from, sometimes the only thing that will satisfy your hunger is a good ol’ fashioned hot dog. Now finding it can be a bit tricky at times, but North Dakota’s delicious hot dog joints are here to help you quench your craving. Here are some places to start.
From their cart to your lips, the Hot Dog Peddler will leave you in dog heaven. Famous for their cream cheese hot dog (yes, you read that correctly), the Peddler makes its appearance on the streets of Fargo even during the harsh winter months. Nothing will warm you up quite like a bacon and mac n cheese dog. Visit their Facebook page to stay updated on their times and locations.
If you are looking for small town atmosphere and great food, D’s Dearstand is worth a visit. Famous for both their hot dogs and their steak, D’s will take you back to a time where quality mattered and few things were more valuable than sharing a brew and a dog with friends and family.
Prefer sausage to a traditional hot dog? Hit up the Wurst Bier Hall and you’ll find a wide array of sausage sandwiches, many that you’ve likely never imagined. How about a rabbit w/rattlesnake & jalapeno sausage or a wild boar sausage? Looking for something a bit more traditional? Try the bleu cheese or Hawaiian sausage. Regardless of which variety you choose, a visit to Wurst Bier will leave you with great memories and more importantly, a full tummy.
Closed during the winter months, Top Dog will reappear during the spring. One of the newest food trucks in the Fargo/West Fargo area, Top Dog is quickly making a name for itself with its Bomb Dog or Chicago-style dog, both of which will have you quickly making visiting the truck a regular routine. Look for Top Dog across from Dempsey’s in downtown Fargo.
Sometimes simplicity is the way to go, which makes I Scream U Scream a must-visit. There is nothing fancy about their hot dogs, except they are made with a fierce attention to detail and a strong commitment to excellence. Why mess with a good thing?
Why put a burger joint on a list about hot dogs? Because burgers aren’t the only thing they know how to make. Order a regular, bacon, cheese, or bacon and cheese dog and load it up with everything from grilled onions and jalapenos to hot sauce and steak sauce. You might never order a burger again. Five Guys is also located in Bismarck, Minot, and Fargo.
Another casualty of the harsh North Dakota winters, the Dog Father will reopen as soon as Mother Nature permits. A visit to the food truck will be well worth the wait, however. Try the Windy City (hot dog topped with chili and diced onions), the Capone (hot dog with mustard, onions, tomatoes, relish, sport peppers, pickles, and celery salt), or the Abe Froman (Italian sausage with grilled onions and sweet peppers) and you will quickly see why the Dog Father has rapidly become one of Fargo’s favorites.
If you are looking for dog that are out of this world, visit DogMahal. With a menu that is both intimidating and fascinating at the same time, DogMahal will ruin you for other hot dog vendors. If you are brave enough, give the Mr. Roper (a quarter-pound frank, BBQ brisket, provolone cheese, grilled onions, mayo, horseradish, mustard, and bacon), the Chester Fester (a quarter-pound frank, chili, mac n cheese, and Cheetos), or the El Guapo (a quarter-pound beef frank, taco meat, taco sauce, cheese, lettuce, and tomatoes) a try.