If there are two things Brisbane locals love, it’s heat and dogs. Thankfully somebody found a humane way of combining the two and, as legend goes, the hot dog was born. Lucky for us, Brisbane’s restaurants and bars have started serving up some mighty fine dogs of late, and we’ve put together this list to help you find the best of the best.
The German Sausage Hut
Sink your fangs into the best kind of wurst at The German Sausage Hut. Choose your snag, from Bratwurst, Frankfurter, Debreciner or Cheese-Kransky then your toppings, from traditional sauerkraut, onions, bacon and cheese. You can find these authentic German dogs in Burnett Lane or at various markets over the weekends, including Jan Power Farmers Markets, Chandler, Michelton, West End and Brisbane CBD’s Wednesday markets.
If you’re on the hunt for hotdogs in Brisbane, you have to mosey on down to West End beer palace, Archive, on a Thursday night for their weekly Hops’n’Dawgs event. Boasting big American beers and even bigger American hotdogs, there’s also live music from 8:30pm and American sport streaming on all screens.
Tucked down Gresham Lane in Brisbane’s CBD, Red Hook serve incredible New York style street-food including creative hot dog flavour combinations. The Seoul Dog, a creative combo’ of kransky, kimchi, daikon radish, mayo and Korean chilli flakes or The Mac Dog, comprised of a cheese kransky, mac n’ cheese, truffled mayo, red onion, and bacon. Get out of my dreams and into my face.
Manhattan Line brings New York to Little Stanley street with its beer, whiskey and American street food offering. Their dogs are not to be missed, from ‘The Empire State’ made of a beef frank, caramelised onions, crispy bacon, Manhattan ketchup, yellow mustard and cheddar cheese, to the ‘Chicago Style,’ an all beef frank, celery salt, caramelised onions, red peppers, American green relish and a pickle spear. They’ve got gluten-dodgers covered too with their gluten-free buns, hun!
Newstead’s own Tippler’s Tap serve a simple and delicious hotdog that is off the chain. A Chicago-style all-beef dog served with onion, gherkin relish, American mustard, tomato, pickle, cucumber, sport pepper and a sprinkle of celery salt, it’s a party in your mouth and all your tastebuds are invited.
NY Brew Company
Home to Brisbane’s best pretzel dogs, NY Brew Company is from the gang behind authentic pizza joint, New York Slice, so you know their American fare is legit’ delish.
If the name doesn’t give it away, the smell of delicious hot dogs coming from the restaurant will. Located on Brunswick Street in the Valley, G-Doggz have a killer hot dog menu ranging from the basic to the amazing. Try The Matador, a tasty combo of chorizo sausage, spring onions and grated cheddar or The Mobster, containing pork sausage, roasted peppers, olives and tomato relish. Veggie lovers rejoice, because all G-Doggz hot dogs are available in vegetarian form, too.
Specialising in mouth-watering gourmet hotdogs, 5 Dogs in Fortitude Valley have a Chilli Dog that dreams are made of: Chilli infused Bratwurst served with home made chilli con carne, fresh diced onion, shredded cheese and your choice of sauce. Among the other tasty treats on their hotdog menu are two fantastic options for vegans: a vegan NYC dog and a vegan German dog.
Carolina Kitchen in Coorparoo serves up food for the soul, from BBQ ribs, hoagies and buffalo wings to some mighty fine hotdogs. Their classic dog is topped with American mustard, coleslaw, special chilli sauce and red onion while the Chilli Dog comes with special chilli sauce and American mustard. There’s even a mini dog for your offspring.
Tucked down an alley in Fortitude Valley, American-style bar and rock’n’roll hub Greaser have you covered when it comes to dogs. Their grilled hotdog with cheese floss is simple, delicious and bursting with flavour. Wash it down with an ice-cold American tap beer and crinkle-cut fries then jam out to the live band.
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