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Best Hot Dogs in Key West

Updated on May 13, 2013

Truth be known, there are very few people in the world who are able to resist a delicious hot dog, it’s an American pastime, after all. So, where on a tiny little island like Key West, which is known for its homemade conch fritters, fresh seafood and key lime pie, can one find a great-tasting hot dog? You might be surprised to know that there are several Key West restaurants that serve up exceptional dogs.

Five Guys Burgers & Fries

If you’re hungry and you know it, head to this little haven of not-so-healthy-but-oh-so-delicious fare located on Truman Avenue or Roosevelt Boulevard. Although they are well known for their burgers, their selection of hot dogs is nothing to sneer at. Choose a traditional kosher style or go out of the box for a bacon cheese dog. Best eaten along with fries, these hot dogs will definitely satisfy your meat on a bun craving.

Island Dogs Bar

Talk about a hot diggity dog, you’re going to love them at Island Dogs Bar. Build your own dog with toppings like banana peppers, pepperoni, pineapple, jalapeño, garlic and tomatoes, or go more traditional with sauerkraut and onions. If you’re in the mood for a real culinary adventure, try the Island Dog, it’s bacon-wrapped, topped with mango, pineapple, banana peppers, red onion and doused with sweet chili sauce. Wash it all down with their world-famous Key Lime Pie Martini, their signature drink that was featured on HDNet’s Drinking Made Easy. Even after you’ve downed your dog and sipped your martini, you’ll want to hang out at Island Dogs, it’s a favorite among visitors and locals, there’s live music and a friendly ambiance that brings people together.

Key West Pretzel Company

Picture this… a big fat, sizzling hot dog (or sausage) nestled inside a fresh baked, salty giant pretzel bun smothered in an exotic homemade mustard. It may sound a little funky, but the Key West Pretzel Company serves them up every day and night to tons of folks who cannot get enough. Their mustard concoctions are made with a variety of flavors and spices and include Caribbean, Chili, Curry, Key Lime, Raspberry Champagne, Roasted Garlic, Buffalo and more. You can find these dogs at Mallory Square during the Key West Sunset Celebration or at the Lazy Way Grill every day.

America's Most Delicious Pastime

If you’re looking to satisfy your hunger in Key West; while fish sandwiches and fresh oysters are always an excellent choice, it’s great to know you can enjoy a gourmet dog or a traditional flame grilled frankfurter at several local restaurants.


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