SD: The Best Hot Dogs in Vancouver

We all grew up on hot dogs, graduated to burgers, then hit steak hard but in our hearts we still love the simplicity and ease of a hot dog. Whether made with beef, pork, bison or boar, you must admit that it is really all about the toppings! Some people are ketchup and mustard fans and others are craving the elegant edge that lobster and caviar toppings will give them. Where ever you sit on the hot dog toppings debate, chances are you will find your perfect dog on this list of the 7 best places in Vancouver.

The Black Lodge in a cabin in East Vancouver

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The Black Lodge is a Twin Peaks themed vegetarian restaurant that offers up a big dose of weirdness (check out their IG) and then get down to the business of feeding satisfying your gut. Start by ordering a chili cheese vegan hot dog smothered with all toppings with a side of chili cheese fries. There is nothing glamorous in this joint and beware the taxidermy giving you the eye as you scarf down this heart attack waiting to happen.


Big Dogs Street Hots – Food Truck

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Serving up organic hot dogs made with exotic meats – can you say ‘bison and boar smokie’ – tasty uniqueness is how this mobile cart keeps the dog lovers coming back.  Plus all hot dogs are nitrate free, low in calories due to lean meats, and offer gluten free buns!


The Naam in Kitsilano

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Not the most sophisticated of hot dogs but unique. You will find that building this baby is half the charm. The platter arrives with a steamed veggie dog in a grilled roti with melted cheese, a side of shredded carrots, beets and sprouts and a little scootch of mayonnaise. Pile it all in, roll and eat like a big wrap. Squishy deliciousness and low sodium to boot.


What’s Up Hot Dog in East Hastings-Sunrise

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If you are looking for a casual place to catch a game (they are all about baseball), to grab a brew or two, and indulge in some hot dog love, What’s Up is where you need to be heading.  The dogs come in traditional red plastic baskets with checkerboard wax paper. Try the Wrigley with fresh tomatoes, spicy mustard and lots of fries on the side.


Dougie Dog – Food Truck

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Founder Dougie (yes, he goes by one name) introduced the world to the most expensive hot dog in the world a few years ago. The Dragon Dog is made by combining Kobe beef, lobster, Cognac, truffle oil and secret spices. That may make it expensive and damn fine tasting dog but not so visually appealing! Check out these bad boys but make sure you check your food truck app for availability.


The Dog House at UBC

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This dog house is on wheels and rolling around the UBC Campus. Hot dogs run the gamut from vegan to super beefy and the toppings are west coast inspired with shredded veg, spicy peppers, cheese and squirty sauces to make them extra luscious. Grab extra napkins.


Japadog with 7 locations in Vancouver & Suburbs

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This hotdog phenomenon has taken the whole Lower Mainland by storm and has now expanded into the US. The Kurobuta Terimayo is the most popular hotdog and starts with a soft but chewy white bun, a kurobuta sausage, some terimayo sauce and poof suddenly you have a Japanese hotdog that people stand in line for daily. If one is not enough, Japadog has also created a ‘dessert dog’ of a bun with 3 scoops of ice cream inside. Talk about simple pleasures.


Hot dogs aren’t a dying breed in Vancouver but they are a little harder to find than other traditional comfort foods that are surging on menus citywide. Don’t despair, though, on the weekend, Granville Street is a hot spot for ‘street meat’ that will do the trick quite nicely after too much Petron shooters.


V.v: The 10 Best Patios in Vancouver

August 3rd is Vancouver’s first Patio Day, officially declared by the city of Vancouver. Businesses will be able to create a patio for one day but who wants to wait? Check out these renowned patios and then let your thirst push you to explore more off the beaten path. You never know what great conversation or adventure can be found in those few chairs outside of a tiny cafe or a new brewery.

Cactus Club Cafe 
1085 Canada Place 
This open air patio is brilliant in its layout and location. Situated with great views of the Olympic Cauldron, the harbour and its traffic, the city skylines and the magnificent mountains, patrons can enjoy the menu items and beverages that they enjoy in their ‘home zone’ but with a surrounding million dollar view.

Chill Winston
3 Alexander St.
This patio is attached to a food-focused gastro-lounge that carries a menu perfect for sharing. The Chill Winston patio is known for being the hippest hang-out in the city and can accommodate you and 99 of your hungry or thirsty friends. We suggest that you get a table with an umbrella, as you never know how long you will be staying and how much sun you may be taking in.

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Chill Winston (Image: Instagram/@j_admire)

Pat Quinn’s
5133 Springs Blvd
This classic steak and seafood restaurant is situated right on the Tsawwassen Springs Golf Course and with the view of the mountains, this patio is the ultimate location when you are searching for fresh air and a great selection of food and beverages.

Reflections: The Garden Terrace
801 W Georgia St.
The Garden Terrace is a cleverly hidden ‘roof-top’ on the fourth-floor patio of the Rosewood Hotel Georgia. With no structures blocking it, night-time dining is truly under the stars. With its design, beauty and lushness taken into consideration, it’s definitely one of the top patios downtown.

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Reflections: The Garden Terrace (Image: Instagram/@@rwhotelgeorgia)

The Naam
2724 West 4th Avenue
If you live a 24/7 lifestyle, the Naam has the only patio available 24 hours a day. Enjoy delicious vegetarian food and dishes geared to those with sensitivities and proclivities towards a cleaner diet. The desserts are blue agave sweet, oversized, and oh so suitable for sharing.

The LIFT Bar & Grill 
333 Menchions Mews
LIFT offers patrons spectacular views of the harbour, sailboats (and occasional yachts), struggling seawall tandem bike riders, and pretty much all the beauty of Vancouver, combined with a delicious menu. This patio is pretty upscale, so pull out The Preppy Handbook before making reservations.

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Joe Fortes (Image: Instagram/@joefortesvan)

Joe Fortes
777 Thurlow St.
To escape the chaos of an afternoon shopping frenzy on Robson Street, those in the know pop over to Joe Fortes and relax in the flower garden of the rooftop patio. Enjoy their signature seafood dishes alongside a bottle of chilled white.

LOCAL Public Eatery
2210 Cornwall Ave
Loved by the locals, this patio is huge and in-your-face sports oriented. Always overflowing and full of hustle, this patio is incredibly popular due to its pub grub and proximity to Kits Beach – which is right across the street.

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The Dockside Patio (Image: Instagram/@aletheabarr)

Dockside Restaurant
1253 Johnston St.
With cool white furniture and views of the North Shore Mountains, Yaletown, the Dockside patio has such a chic look and feel that it makes it unbeatable in False Creek. Pair that with great food and a chilled bottle of your favourite vino, and you may never leave.

The Keg
1011 Mainland St.
The Keg is notorious across Canada for being the steakhouse of choice for those serious about meat, but Yaletown’s Keg has something that all the others do not have. They have the most amazing patio in the centre of Yaletown that overlooks the whole neighbourhood and is truly spectacular.

(This article by Helen Siwak was originally published on ViewTheVibe)