Whether you keep it classic with ketchup and mustard or go wild with chili, bacon, and cheese-sauce toppers, you can’t go wrong with a local hot dog.
By Lauren Naru and Sabrina Sucato
Hot dogs are haute stuff in the Valley right now. Don’t believe us? Just take a road trip to any of the eateries serving up some of the tastiest dogs in the region. From topping overloads to farm-to-table dogs, here are some of best, and most interesting, hot dogs in the Hudson Valley.
With not one, but five locations in the Hudson Valley (there are two in Kingston), Dallas Hot Weiners is the place to go for dogs in the region. A family business for more than 35 years, the cash-only hot dog shop prides itself on its low prices and staple ingredients. Its signature Dallas Hot Weiner features mustard, onion, and special sauce, while the Slaw Dog comes with a pleasantly crunchy cole slaw topping.
P.S. Can’t get enough of the secret sauce? It’s available for purchase by the pint and in 10-oz. containers.
Albany, Kingston, Lake Katrine, Saugerties
This buzzing hot dog spot is as popular for its creative menu as it is for the enthusiastic personality of Chef/Owner Jamie Palacios. Friends call him Chino and you should, too. Order from the menu, build your own from a bounty of fresh ingredients, or order like a regular with a secret, off-menu option: The Chino Dog — a dog wrapped in fried cheese and topped with chorizo, spicy Italian peppers, oregano, pico de gallo, cilantro sauce, and cortija cheese. “Eating hot dogs brings back good memories from when we were kids,” says Palacios. “I’m creating new memories with new flavors.”
Poughkeepsie residents know that Noshi’s is the spot for no-frills hot dogs that taste like they’re straight from the boardwalk. There are more than 30 toppings available for those who want to customize their own dogs, along with a hefty lineup of signature dogs. Our pick is the KEG, a hearty dog topped with bacon, mayo, ketchup, grilled onions, and peppers. Don’t skip out on the more inventive dogs, either. The Teddy Ripper and Texas Bell are both deep-fried, and the former gets topped with homemade sauce while the latter gets the all-star treatment with American cheese, a bacon wrapping, and ranch drizzle. For hot dog lovers with allergy concerns, Noshi’s offers gluten-free buns and veggie and vegan dogs upon request.
Looking for a veggie or vegan dog? The Kosiner Brothers have you covered. Organic and traditional Sabrett dogs are also on the menu, all of which can be paired with homemade, farm-fresh toppings and sauces. Co-owner Brock Kosiner says the Blue Ribbon — featuring Dijon mustard, bleu-cheese crumbles, and herbs de provence — and the Fweddy — with spicy ketchup, zucchini relish, and raw red onion — are favorites.
Water Street Market, New Paltz
If you’re in the mood for a no-frills dog, Pete’s in Newburgh is the place to be. Swing by on Wednesdays, when you can score two hot dogs, a drink, and chips for a whopping $4.63. Keep the toppings simple with mustard and kraut, try a New York dog with sautéed red onions, or spice things up with a chili dog.
293 S William St, Newburgh
Chef/Owner Heather Williams creates masterpieces that are as delicious as they are beautiful. Check out Pippy’s Instagram account (@pippyshotdogtruck) to feast your eyes on its latest indulgent dogs like the Buckshot Billera – a bacon-wrapped dog topped with mustard, cheese sauce, homemade mac-n-cheese, and Goldfish crackers. The 100-percent-beef hot dogs in all-natural casings are accompanied by homemade toppings and sides that are made from seasonal, local ingredients.
Tony’s Newburgh Lunch is a community favorite for its breakfast sandwiches, but its hot dogs are just as noteworthy. Direct your attention to the Everything Texas Hot Weiner, which comes topped with mustard, Texas sauce, and onions. All dogs ring up under $3, with upgrades like Texas sauce, onions, and melted cheddar costing 50 cents apiece. Fans of Tony’s sauce will be happy to hear that the eatery sells the stuff in 16- and 25-oz. jars.