The 10 Best Hot Dog Joints in Ohio!

Is there anything better than a good hot dog? It's an all-American classic and it goes well with anything. Beer, fries, burgers, or chili. Hot dogs are the best. And in Ohio, you're sure to find a hot dog place that will give you something you've never had before. Here are the top 10 best hot dog joints in Ohio!

1. Scooter's World Famous Dawg House, Mentor, OH

Scooter's World Famous Dawg House in Mentor, Ohio, is something of a local legend among the patrons. Situated just down the road from the Mento Headlands Beach, the location naturally draws people in, but they owe their success to customer loyalty, tradition, and some of the best fries you'll ever taste!

2. Happy Dog, Cleveland, OH

Happy Dog on Euclid Avenue is famous for their legendary live music and became a fixture in the music scene the 70s and 80s. It was even featured in the film, “Light of the Day” starring Michael J. Fox and Joan Jett. But the hot dogs are really what makes the place. Caribbean coleslaw, habanero pickled onions, Spanish peppers, if you can imagine it on a hot dog, it's probably available as a topping.

3. Zombie Dogz, Dayton, OH

Zombie Dogz is one of Dayton's best food trucks. With an ever-expanding collection of gourmet hot dogs with homemade side dishes, using farm fresh and locally made foods, there's no other experience quite like Zombie Dogz. They're dedicated to serving high quality food in a friendly, gracious environment, and developing lasting relationships with customers.

4. Dirty Frank's Hot Dog Palace, Columbus, OH

Dirty Frank's Hot Dog Palace is the best place in Columbus for fresh, delicious hot dogs, and it was the winner of Columbus's best cheap eats in 2010, 2011, and 2012 from They're famous for their fresh cut fries and creatively topped hot dogs from the onion-corn salsa “Ohioana Dog” to the mayo and olive topped “True Love Always Dog.”

5. Dan's Dogs, Medina, OH

Dan's Dogs in Medina makes all their hot dogs ready to order. They're all beef and served on a signature buttered and toasted split top New England style bun. With 41 different styles of hot dogs offered on the menu and over 50 topping choices, you could eat their every day for years and never try the same dog twice!

6. Hot Dog Heaven, Amherst, OH

Hot Dog Heaven started out as a tiny family-run store in 1976, and they're famous for their authentic Chicago-style chili dogs. Their fresh cut fries are made with authentic Idaho potatoes and are never frozen, and you can get their “secret recipe” chili on anything you order, fries, dogs, or onion rings. 

7. Hounds Hotdogs and Gyros, Parma Heights, OH

Hounds Hotdogs and Gyros has been family owned and operated since they opened their doors in 2009, and they've become a staple local restaurant in Parma Heights. Gus Likos, the owner, started Hounds because he noticed that no one in his area sold hot dogs like his, so he took the initiative, bought an 11-by-17-foot building and started selling “hounddogs” and authentic Greek gyros his way.

8. Retro Dog, Cuyahoga Falls, OH

Retro Dog serves made-to-order classic-style hot dogs in a family-owned and operated 50s-style diner that's full of personality. They're locally famous for their delicious signature char-grilled, natural casing hot dogs, root beer on draft and homemade custard!

9. Brighton Hot Dog Shoppe, Salem, OH

The Brighton Hot Dog Shoppe has traditions of making hot dogs that date all the way back to 1959. The French fries and home fries are cut daily from fresh Idaho Russet Burbank potatoes. They started out in 1959 in a shop in Pennsylvania, and as they caught on with the locals, they expanded to 12 different locations all over the East coast including their Salem, Ohio location.

10. Larry's Dawg House, Athens, OH

Larry's Dawg House in Athens has a wide selection of dogs, burgers, and shrimp or chicken baskets. And every Wednesday is Weenie Wednesday with hot dogs and corn dogs only 99 cents. And nothing goes better with a hot dog than one of Larry's signature ice cream cones, sundaes, shakes, or malts!

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