Six Charleston hot dog joints

Nothing says summer like a good old-fashioned hot dog. The most unpretentious of cookout staples, the hot dog is best served with whatever topping you think it deserves. And the greatest dogs of all? You’ll find those at a number of local hot dog joints, from Summerville to Mt. Pleasant. Hot diggity.


If you’re a fan of Chicago-style hot dogs, Skoogie’s is the place for you. This Chicago-style delicatessen brings the flavors of the Midwest to the Lowcountry. And if you’ve got a hot dog hater in tow, Skoogie’s also has a great selection of hot and deli sandwiches to satisfy even the pickiest of customers.

Charleston RiverDogs

Whether you’re a traditionalist or an adventurous foodie looking for the next best thing, The Joe always has classic and contemporary dogs. From the classic RiverDog (with coleslaw, pickled okra, and barbecue sauce) to the Asian-inspired Southern Kimchi Dog (with collard greens, kimchi, sweet peppers, and garlic sriracha sauce), there’s a ballpark frank waiting to join your 24 oz. beer, which we totally recommend to wash it all down.

Jack’s Cosmic Dogs

Famous for its one-of-a-kind dogs, Jack’s Cosmic Dogs creates unexpected flavor combinations like bleu cheese slaw and sweet potato mustard, a pairing you can find on the Cosmic Dog. Not only are the hot dogs reasonably priced with each one ringing up under $4, but Jack’s also serves up some killer side like Big Bang Fries, shakes, and sundaes. The menu features sandwiches and vegetarian options, too. No matter what you order, it’s guaranteed to be out of this world.

Perfectly Frank’s

As seen on Diners, Drive-Ins, and Dives, the Cuda family hot dog tradition began in 1910 when Frank Cuda, Sr., stowed away on a boat from Italy to America, where Cuda’s hot dogs were born. Years later, people still come from miles around to try the famous franks and juicy burgers.

Parlor Deluxe

Hoping to bring people together like the parlors and soda fountains of the early to mid-20th century, Parlor Deluxe serves up all the classics: hot dogs, tater tots, waffles, soda pop, and ice cream. This classic American corner store brings new twists to the hot dog, with varieties that include a beef dog with house sauerkraut to a veg-friendly carrot dog made with mushroom chili and brown ale beer cheese. Warning: a trip to Parlor Deluxe may evoke extreme nostalgia for a simpler time.

Tin Roof

Tin Roof is best known as a hub for local and touring musical acts, but don’t forget about its supply of hot dogs, sandwiches, and snacks. With over 10 ‘dogs to choose from — might we recommend the Gut Punch, served with Fritos and pimento cheese? — Tin Roof has even more to offer, like trivia, parties, competitions, craft bazaars, dance-offs, movie nights, video game nights, live metal karaoke, and comedy acts.

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