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The Hot List: 6 of the Best Hotdogs in Town

Jul 02, 2019 03:00PM

“Frank”ly speaking, we love hot dogs ’round here. Summery and portable, they’re always a fan favorite. Though ketchup and mustard are the typical toppings, we found six places in town making some truly haute dogs. 

Ruffhaus Hot Dog Co

El Dorado Hills’ Ruffhaus Hot Dog Co. is where you go when you’re craving hot dogs—gourmet or not. The Montecrisdog is an especially delicious sucker that comes with a battered turkey frank, Applewood-smoked bacon, melted Monterey jack and—wait for it—blackberry jam dusted with powdered sugar. Didn’t see that coming, did you? Well, the surprise sweet element is a wonderful accompaniment to the salty bacon and warm, melty cheese. Don’t take my word for it, though, just try one.

Parker’s Hot Dogs of Santa Cruz

Maker of hot dogs since 1955, home of the five-pound chili dog challenge, and featured on the TV show Man v. Food, Parker’s Hot Dogs of Santa Cruz (located in Roseville) is a must-see, must-do, and must-eat destination. Over time, they’ve perfected the art of hot dog making. Their Reuben Dog boasts mustard, relish, onions, tomatoes, fresh kraut, and melted Swiss cheese. Like that’s not enticing enough, they even suggest you “go wild and have your hot dog fried.” Would you dare to?

Art’s Craft Beer Palace

Art’s Craft Beer Palace in Roseville makes authentic Chicago-style hot dogs to go with over 30 craft beers. Regular dogs aside, they serve a mean Louisiana Hot Link on a fresh hoagie roll with mustard, onions, and a solid 1/4-pound, all-beef hot dog. It’s meaty, spicy, and to the point. Nothing fancy but nothing boring either.

Placerville Public House

When you think “Wild West” does Placerville come to mind? To me, it does—Placerville Public House to be precise. Why? Because of their Wild West Dog, of course. A classic foot-long beer dog is covered in sinful BBQ chicken and topped with cheddar cheese and bacon bits. You’d think either the chicken or the dog would overpower the other but neither do; instead, they come together for a perfectly delicious bite.

Heckle Alehouse & Eatery

You’ve heard of, and tasted, a Chili Dog but have you tried the one at Folsom’s Heckle Alehouse & Eatery? This all-beef dog is topped with house-made chili that’s chockfull of brisket and pulled pork, shredded cheese, house-made crema, and diced red onions. It’s a slightly sophisticated version of what we all know and love, and it’s good…really good. 916-790-8883

Lazy Dog Restaurant & Bar

Lazy Dog Restaurant & Bar (locations in Folsom and Roseville) welcomes dogs (the four-legged type) and serves up dogs (the no-legged type). If you think hot dogs can get boring, The Dirty Dog will come to the rescue. It starts with a bacon-wrapped Nathan’s hot dog in a King’s Hawaiian bun with a touch of pizzazz in the form of potato chips, blue cheese dressing, buffalo sauce, and slaw. Yep, it’s as yummy as it sounds.


By Tara Mendanha  //  Photos by Dante Fontana