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Po Dog ranked near the top for the best hot dogs in the city, with totally customizable dogs and dozens of groumet toppings. This photo shows their June dog of the month: the Hawaiian Dog. (Photo: podogs.com/File)

Seattle Kitchen recommends: The city's best hot dogs

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Po Dog ranked near the top for the best hot dogs in the city, with totally customizable dogs and dozens of groumet toppings. This photo shows their June dog of the month: the Hawaiian Dog. (Photo: podogs.com/File)


The Seattle Kitchen Show staff has been taking advantage of sunny Seattle weather by doing plenty of barbecuing. This week Tom Douglas and Katie O spoke with Seattle Metropolitan Magazine's Leselie Kelley about her list of this summer's top places to get hot dogs in Seattle.

5. Safeco Field

Safeco's field roast frankfurter is a meatless hot dog that comes with different toppings,

"It's the ultimate portable food. You can stand there and watch the players, the relief pitchers throwing in the pen, or you can take it back to you seats. And they have some pretty decent toppings there," says Leslie.

4. Matt's on Marginal Way

"They were the very first to do the gourmet toppings," says Leslie.

This old stand-by is pretty out-of-the-way at the single south Seattle location, but they always have hot chili dogs and more unique toppings than some of the most popular restaurants.

3. Po Dog

At Po Dog it's all about choice. You can pick the kind of meat, toppings, and even the bun. With three locations (Ballard, Capitol Hill and the University District), they serve up some of the best cream cheese dogs with delicate brioche buns and infinite topping combinations.

2. Dante's Inferno Dogs

Dante's is famous for it's carts that show up all over the city, and they're a favorite of late-night party-goers stopping for a gourmet hot dog outside bars. Visitors will be pleasantly surprised with the many exotic hot dog options prepared quickly and to personal specifications.

1. Costco

"I'm not saying it's the best... but you know, the bang for the wiener buck - you cannot beat it," says Leslie.

At $1.50 for a hot dog and a drink, you get a foot- long, 100 percent beef hot dog and the choice of three toppings: chopped onions, sauerkraut, and relish, along with ketchup and mustard.



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By Jillian Raftery, MyNorthwest.com

Jillian Raftery, KIRO Radio Editor
Jillian Raftery is an afternoon editor at KIRO Radio. She loves the neighborly vibe of the Pacific Northwest and spends as much time as possible outdoors.
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