Last week, we asked readers where to find the best hot dog in the River City — turns out Richmonders have a strong opinions on the matter. From Henrico County to the heart of the Fan, here’s five local places to grab a hot dog in Richmond.
City Dogs, multiple locations
This local staple has two locations — one in Shockoe Slip and one in the Fan. The menu boasts options like the Chicago Dog, the Tennessee Slaw Dog, and the Richmond Original. Bonus: For vegetarians or anyone just looking to branch out, any of their franks can be subbed with a soy dog.
Ellie’s Hot Dogs & Ice Cream, 3312 N. Arthur Ashe Blvd.
A relative newcomer to Richmond’s hot dog ecosystem, Ellie’s also serves homemade ice cream. A roadside stand within shouting distance of the Diamond, Ellie’s has an outdoor patio perfect for a quick stop or a sit-down dog.
Melito’s, 8815 Three Chopt Rd.
A West End establishment known for its “world famous hot dogs” as well as burgers and other entrees, Melito’s is an ideal option for a sit-down lunch or dinner. Extra hungry? Check out the Junkyard Dog, topped with chili, bacon, coleslaw, sweet relish, cheddar, mustard, and onions.
Joey’s Hot Dogs, 4028 Cox Rd.
This Glen Allen family establishment has been slinging hot dogs in Virginia for almost 80 years. The Mirabile family business first began in the Tidewater area, and their chili recipe hasn’t changed since.
Black Lodge, 3200 Rockbridge St., Ste. 101
This Scott’s Addition pub offers the Alpine Dog, the Chicago Dog, and Street Corndog. Pro tip: Try a Late-Nite Dog even after the bar’s kitchen closes — “the good roller bois” are available each night until close.