A monthly roundup of ethnic eats, counter service chow and other tasty bargains. This month we sniff out some of the area’s top dogs.
Bull City Burger & Brewery
107 E. Parrish St., Durham
Relish this: Wieners made in house from pasture-raised North Carolina beef, served on a house-baked bun. Try one with triple-fermented sauerkraut.
Cloos’ Coney Island
2233-102 Avent Ferry Road, Raleigh
Relish this: Detroit native Daniel Cloos brings the real Coney deal – natural casing dogs topped with Detroit style chili, onions and mustard.
JoCa’s Gourmet Dawgs & Shakes
8450 Honeycutt Road, in Lafayette Village, Raleigh
Relish this: A veritable AKC register of dog varieties and experimental breeds, from Campfire Dawg (bacon-wrapped, topped with baked beans) to Samurai Dawg (teriyaki-glazed all beef dog with kimchi style collards and ramen noodle salad).
The Roast Grill
7 S. West St., Raleigh
Relish this: Dogs are grilled old school style at this local institution founded in 1940. You can even get your dog “burned” to a charred fare-thee-well on the shop’s original grill. But don’t ask for ketchup.
107 E. Franklin St., Chapel Hill
Relish this: Variety – everything from deep-fried Southern style “red” dog to the all beef Slaw Dog with house-made 16-ingredient chili – make this a perennial college town favorite.
121-108 Fayetteville St., Raleigh
Relish this: Eight variations on the hot dog theme, from Windy City Weenie (dill pickle, neon relish, sport peppers and celery salt on a poppy seed bun) to Tree Hugger (veggie sausage with Green Goddess dressing, arugula, cucumber and tomato).