Whether you prefer the all beef version of the classic hot dog or a gourmet veggie dog­­ —July 19 is the day to officially celebrate the frank, weiner, sausage, weenie, or whatever you like to call the all-American hot dog.

Are you a classic hot dog enthusiast who sticks to the traditional condiments like ketchup and mustard? Or are you willing to step out of your comfort zone and try some unique and crazy toppings?  If you prefer just mustard on your dog, then you are not alone. According to the National Hot Dog Sausage Council “71 percent of people who eat hot dogs prefer mustard.”

With all the gourmet hot dog trucks and joints here in Orange County, it’s time to adventure out of the norm.  Add some grilled pineapple, cream cheese or even broccoli rabe to your dog.

Enjoy the summer heat and pay tribute to one of America’s favorite foods by visiting one of these local hot dog joints. Warning these photos will make you hungry.

Trolly Stop Hot Dogs

Five different types of hot dogs, 13 toppings and over 1,000 different combinations, whoa! That fresh avocado sure looks tasty.

Sutton’s Drug Store



Over 20 all beef hot dogs with all types of toppings. Top your dog with their homemade chili simmered for over six hours.

The Merry Franksters

Born in Carrboro, this airstream turned food truck is hitting the streets with some truly unique “dawgs.” Check out their website to see where to find them and their daily menu. Veggie options available!

Fetch Hot Dog Co.


If you haven’t tried sausage gravy on a hot dog then you are missing out. This gourmet hot dog truck from Hillsborough offers some unique combos and uses all fresh and local ingredients. Visit their website for daily menu options and to track down that truck.

Al’s Burger Shack

Al’s may be known for their burgers but don’t miss the amazing hot dogs. The Pool Room is a topped with yellow mustard, chili sauce, slaw, and chopped onion.