Hot Doug's (Chicago)
Hot Doug's: 3324 N. California Avenue, Chicago IL 60618 (map); 773-279-9550
Gene's & Jude's: River Grove, IL
Gene's & Jude's 2720 River Road, River Grove IL 60171
Skyline: Cincinnati, OH
We tried them all over the city and found the Coney at Skyline's oldest standing location to be the best.
Skyline Chili: 290 Ludlow Avenue, Cincinnati OH 45220; skylinechili.com
Lafayette Coney Island: Detroit, MI
Generously ladled over the dogs with a bit of mustard and chopped onion, you'll definitely need the knife and fork next to your plate.
Lafayette Coney Island: 118 W Lafayette Blvd, Detroit MI 48226
Angelo's Coney Island: Flint, MI
Angelo's Coney Island: 1807 N Franklin Ave # 101, Flint MI 48506; angelosconeyisland.com
Dirty Frank's: Columbus, OH
Dirty Frank's Hot Dog Palace: 248 South 4th Street Columbus, OH 43215; dirtyfrankscolumbus.com
Senate Pub: Cincinnati, OH
Other options range from the kimchi and short rib topped "Koreana" to crazy specials involving bacon relish and deep-fried cheese curds, or go for a classic Chicago style dog. These are "haute dogs" taken to the next level and done right. Even more delicious with a side of truffle fries and local beer.
Senate Pub: 1212 Vine Street, Cincinnati OH 45202; senatepub.com
Milwaukee Wiener House No. 1: Sioux City, IA
A local favorite that's been around for 80 years, the unlikely location of Iowa and inexplicable "Milwaukee" (not a hot dog town) theme makes this place an awesome wild card contender.
Milwaukee Wiener House: 309 Pearl Street, Sioux City IA 51101; Milwaukee Wiener House at Iowabackroads.com
Magic Bus Cafe: Minneapolis, MN
Coney I-Lander: Tulsa, OK
Served on steamed buns and covered with shredded cheese, they're very similar to Cincinnati Coneys, and strangely enough you can also find chili parlors in Tulsa serving chili in "ways" on top of spaghetti, the same way they do it in Ohio.
Coney I-Lander: 2838 E 11th Street, Tulsa OK 74104; Facebook page
The Wienery: Minneapolis, MN
The Wienery: 414 Cedar Avenue South, Minneapolis MN 55454; wienery.com
Coney Island Wiener Stand: Fort Wayne, IN
Coney Island Wiener Stand: 131 West Main Street, Fort Wayne IN 46802
Superdawg: Chicago, IL
But plenty of folks love the smoked jumbo dogs and hot dog statues on the roof—Superdawg has been one of the most popular hot dog stands in the Chicago Area for years.
Superdawg Drive-In: 333 S Milwauke Avenue, Wheeling IL 60090; superdawg.com
Yesterdog: Grand Rapids, MI
Very different from the standard Michigan "Coney," Yesterdog is in a category all its own.
Yesterdog: 1505 Wealthy Street, Grand Rapids MI 49523; yesterdog.com
Seti's Polish Boys: Cleveland, OH
Seti's Polish Boys: E. 34th and Woodland Avenue, Cleveland OH 44115; setispolishboys.com
Steve's Lunch: Cleveland, OH
Steve's Lunch: 5004 Lorain Avenue, Cleveland OH 44102