1. This Is Hot Dog
A restaurant selling nothing but a large variety of hot dogs would seem to be a decent place to start for hot dog lovers. The menu has an international feel to it with items like the Italian dog, the Mexican dog and the Japanese dog, all piled high (a bit too high?) with fillings as diverse as mango slices and black olives. While probably opt for the Classic, the Business Box contains six mini dogs which is both great for experimenting and trying to look graceful while eating with friends or colleagues.
Where: Cluster I, Jumeriah Lake Towers
Price: From AED25
2. The Hot Dog Stand
The Last Exit is proving to be a popular pit-stop on the way to (or from) Dubai Parks and Resorts or on the way back from Abu Dhabi. Hot dog lovers can shun the variety of food trucks and head straight to The Hot Dog Stand. Open 24 hours, it has three signature hot dogs and gives you the luxury to build your own. You can choose between a chicken and beef dog and top it off with a large variety of toppings: relish, onions, guacamole, pineapple and even nachos. Go crazy. A side of jalapeno poppers also needs to be tried. There are also brick-and-mortar branches in Dubai Media City and Dubai Marina.
Where: The Last Exit, Sheikh Zayed Road (Jebel Ali)
Contact: 800 468364, website
6. Perry & Blackwelder’s Original Smokehouse
Located in Madinat Jumeirah, this is the place for a more upmarket hot dog experience. Although they have only two selections of hot dogs, The Chillli Cheese Dog and Mad Dog, they both live up to the smokehouse’s promise to sticking close to their American roots. If you would rather savour your lunch rather than wolf it down because you’re late for the cinema, then this is the place for you.
Where: Souk Madinat Jumeirah
Price: From AED75
Contact: +971 4 366 6197, website
Honestly, trust us on this. The little red-and-yellow mini-marts in Enoc gas stations (and elsewhere, of course) do a pretty mean hot dog. Sure, they’re a little basic, but the flavour is all there and if you’re at the end of a road trip or a 14-hour day, then they’ll prove to be a piping hot lifesaver.
Where: Various locations across Dubai
Price: From AED10