Is Spartanburg the Hot Dog Capital of the South? I Think So!

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As a hot dog aficionado, the high number of places to get a fancy frank makes me happy. Once upon a time, I visited Old Salty Dog in Florida, a placed featured on Man Vs. Food, just to try the famous hot dog. It’s “salty dog” is a hot dog dipped in beer batter that is deep-fried and served in a bun, and it is topped with onions, mushrooms, sauerkraut, bacon, and a whole lot of cheese. Get in my belly.

So, imagine my delight when I moved to Spartanburg and discovered it just might be the hot dog capital of the South. In case you haven’t noticed, Spartanburg has a ton of hot dog joints. In fact, when we asked for reader recommendations for where to find the best hot dogs in Spartanburg, we received bunches of Facebook comments with fifteen different places to enjoy a delicious hot dog. I am up for the challenge.

Here’s the proof I tried the salty dog featured in Man Vs. Food!

Where to get a great hot dog in Spartanburg

Andrew’s Atomic Dogs

1011 Union Street, Spartanburg

Did someone say breakfast dogs? Andrew’s Atomic Dogs has a wide menu, but as the name suggests, hot dogs are their main feature. If you go at breakfast, you can enjoy your breakfast meat and eggs served in a soft hot dog bun.

Taco Dog

1915 East Main Street, Spartanburg

Confession – they had me at the name. Anytime you combine two of my favorite things, I am in. Thankfully, it does not disappoint! As the name suggests, Taco Dog serves unique tacos, nachos, enchiladas, quesadillas, and a variety of hot dog options.

We tried the Pimento Dog, the Carolina Dog, and the Wasabi Dog. Each hot dog was its own special creation. If you are into non-traditional toppings, you will love their hot dog menu. Plus, I got a side of chips and guac. That’s a win-win in my book.

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Boots and Sonny’s

120 E. Henry Street, Spartanburg

Boots and Sonny’s was also frequently recommended by Kidding Around Spartanburg followers. This drive-in restaurant is home of the Hot Dog Man. It is a third-generation family owned business serving Spartanburg since 1962. Based on the number of recommendations and the fact that they sell close to 2000 hot dogs a day, they are next on my list to try.

Fr8 Yard

125 Main Street, Spartanburg

The newly opened Fr8 Yard is not simply a biergarten social hub in downtown, it is also home to delicious yard dogs. They off four different options: brat, frank, veggie, and chicken. I love that they have non-traditional (healthier) hot dog options. The big screen and the social scene lends itself well to enjoying one of America’s favorite foods – the hot dog.

Ike’s Korner Grill

104 Archer Road, Spartanburg

Ike’s Korner Grill is a popular Spartanburg establishment that all the locals know and love. While it does not look like much from the outside, the food is delicious. They have a big menu of mouth-watering options, but the hot dog they have on the menu is unlike any other you’ll find in town. It is a deep-fried frank wrapped in bacon – plus you can get it smothered in chili and cheese. My husband is a big fan!

Holmes Hot Dogs

925 W Blackstock Road, Spartanburg

According to our super advanced Facebook survey, Holmes Hot Dogs received the most recommendations. What looks like a hole-in-the-wall down past Westgate Mall is actually one of the most happening lunch spots in town! Holmes Hot Dogs has been serving Spartanburg since 1953. They sell what they make best – hot dogs and hot dogs only. You won’t find any hamburgers on the menu!

Ricky’s Drive-In West

497 E Blackstock Road, Spartanburg

This is another longtime Spartanburg restaurant that the locals rave about and return to time and time again. There are two Ricky’s restaurants, but Ricky’s Drive-In West is the one that serves their signature chili.

Other Reader Recommendations

In addition to these hot dog options, our readers listed several other local spots to find a frank to satisfy your stomach. According to most, the best place to get a hot dog is not determined by the look of the establishment – it all comes down to taste. The remaining options fell into two groups: hole-in-the-wall’s or chains.

Hot Dog Café (605 Spartanburg Hwy, Wellford)

Red Hill Farms (408 Spartanburg Road, Lyman)

The Dog House (605 N Main Street, Campobello)

Costco (211 W E Blackstock Road, Spartanburg)

Sonic (all their locations)

Additionally, I have heard wonderful things about the hot dog cart that sets up outside of Lowe’s. If you happen to see a gathering around a little food cart, they are there for the dogs!

Where does your family go when you need a hot dog fix?

About the Author
Jennifer relocated to Spartanburg seven years ago, and now spends her days working from home and taking care of her two kids. She loves this area because we can go from rural areas to urban areas to the mountains within an hour. Her favorite things to do with her kids are using their imaginations and visiting Spartanburg County local libraries. Follow Jennifer at www.litlovingmom.com.

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