Where to celebrate National Hot Dog Day in Toronto this week

Jul 21 2020, 9:53 am

The CNE might be cancelled, but fair fare is not!

National Hot Dog Day is back this year on July 22, which means you have the ultimate excuse to dedicate your day to indulging in carb-loaded handhelds.

Whether you prefer a simple mustard-ketchup duo or you’d rather go buck wild with toppings of the fried, cheesy, or bedazzled variety, a local spot is serving something for you.

Here’s where to celebrate National Hot Dog Day in Toronto this year:

Grandma Loves You

 

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You are looking at a hot dog topped with brie cheese and French jam served inside a croissant. Yes, indeed. Grandma Loves You is the place to go for over-the-top, ridiculous wieners, made to satisfy your sweet and savoury cravings alike. If it seems wrong but also, somehow, so right, this spot’s doing it up.

Address: 1084 Yonge Street

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Fancy Franks

 

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A given! This iconic Toronto spot is entirely dedicated to hot dogs. You could go for a classic if that’s what you’re hankerin’ for, or you could throw caution to the wind and opt for a dawg topped with chili, one smothered in chicken and buffalo wing sauce, a bacon-wrapped wiener, or a proper corn dog. Lucky for veg-heads, this spot’s got veggie dogs and Beyond Meat sausage on the menu, too.

Address: 326 College Street; 940 Bloor Street West; 453 Queen Street West; 1507 Avenue Road

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The Federal

 

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Every Wednesday to Sunday from 11 am to 3 pm, this spot’s serving up in a “Burger and Bottle Shop” format. And on the menu, reliably, is this beauty of an all-beef hotdog. Scoop one up, and grab a bottle of nice vino while you’re at it.

Address: 1438 Dundas Street West

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Chungchun Rice Dog

 

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Like a Pogo but better, these all-beef dogs are coated in rice flour, and then topped with extra flavourful and crunchy add-ons like ramen noodles and potatoes. If you want to add some more texture to your treat, opt for an option stuffed with cheese or coated in ketchup, honey butter, spicy mayo, or cheese… or sugar… or a whole slew of other choices.

Address: 615 Bloor Street West; 11 Byng Avenue, North York

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