Even though Vancouver is home to many a fine-dining experience, when it’s a dog day afternoon, sometimes you just simply need a classic hotdog.
The hotdog in concept is simple, yet adaptable. Basically, you need a bun (or a delivery device), a section of tube-shaped meat, and that’s all.
There are so many avenues to head down as far as toppings go, and even a veritable smorgasbord of meats (and non-meats) to use as your base. Some purists will claim that the salty warm meat alone is the crux of the dish, while others would argue that the dog itself is just part of the edible art-piece that is the handheld street-born bite to eat.
Getting creative, minding the price, and genuinely attempting to reinvent – or just perfect the standard hotdog – is something that catches our attention.
Check out the essential guide to must-try hotdogs in Vancouver.
This Gastown eatery located in Blood Alley is a shallow joint — but only in its actual layout. The small shop is best known for their neon lights, mixed iced beverages, and tacos, but they also make one of the best hotdogs in town. It’s worth ignoring the rest of their menu and ordering, at least just once.
Address: 27 Blood Alley Square, Vancouver
Easily the simplest Dog on this list, it’s crucial not to skip on the Costco Food Court before, after, or during your shopping trip. Nothing works up an appetite for a bite like buying a lifetime supply of dove soap. The Costco dog is pure all-beef goodness, without the frills.
Address: 605 Expo Boulevard, Vancouver
What began as the little-cart-that-could outside the Sutton Place Hotel, has turned into a dynasty of Vancouver stops. The Japanese-flavours-meets-tube-of-meat spot that is an absolute must-try for any true hotdog lover. Go ahead, try everything on their menu.
Address: 899 Burrard Street, Vancouver
Address: 530 Robson Street, Vancouver
Address: Hot dog stand – Burrard and Pender Street
Address: Hot dog stand – Granville and Cordova Street
The geeky eatery in Gastown is an abundance of pop-culture references in the form of deliciously inspired treats. Though their hotdogs are seasonal (only here for summer), the folks at EXP definitely don’t skimp. Made with Nathan’s Hot Dogs, the unique concoctions are unbelievably tasty.
Address: 309 W Pender Street, Vancouver
Nat Bailey Stadium (aka the home of the Vancouver Canadians) is an awesome place to enjoy a great hotdog. One of the specialties of the stadium is the foot-long hotdog that brings you the exact same taste as the normal sized one, just at an actual arm’s length. Again, we’re on the Nathan’s brand train with this spot.
Address: 4601 Ontario Street, Vancouver
Where do you even start with What’s Up? Their one of the best places for hotdogs in the city. The mouth-watering selection of different dogs on offer here is above and beyond every other shop in the Lower Mainland.
Address: 2481 E Hastings Street, Vancouver BC
Located at the Pacific National Exhibition, Crazy Dog has an absolutely amazing menu. From breaded shrimp to banana and chocolate sauce, there’s no wrong choice here. But we double dog dare you to order their two-foot chilli-topped hotdog.
Address: 2901 E Hastings Street, Vancouver BC
This roaming hot dogcart is definitely one to put on your list and hunt down. These guys are so popular and so busy, you’d swear they have a fleet of carts to dish out their organically sourced goods.
Address: Hot dog cart – 14th Street and Lansdowne
“Put it on a stick”… said the smartest person in the history of humanity. This applies to almost everything, including the already portable hotdog. Corndog King at the PNE will warp your mind with their genre-bending breaded meat on a stick.
Address: 2901 E Hastings Street, Vancouver