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BEST Hot Dog

2014 BEST Hot Dog

Simco's

Mattapan

What, you might ask, is the only thing better than a hot dog? A footlong. And what’s the only thing that can improve such perfection? The addition of a buttered, griddled bun, and a generous topping of chili and melted… read more»

2013 BEST Hot Dog
Photo by Jesse Burke

Simco’s

Mattapan

There’s no seating at this Mattapan institution, so after ordering at the window, be prepared to tear into your thin, footlong dog—slathered with chili, onions, and mustard and wedged into a hot, buttered-then-griddled bun—right there on the street (or, if… read more»

2012 BEST Hot Dog

Boston Super Dog

Roxbury

Not all dogs are created equal. There are the flavorless grocery-store tubes (we’re looking at you, Oscar Mayer), and then there is the behemoth from food truck Boston Super Dog (formerly Speed’s). This half-pound frank is marinated in apple cider… read more»

2011 BEST Hot Dog

Sullivan’s

Boston

Where Carson Beach and Fort Independence meet sits a summer shack that’s been a Southie icon for 60 years. There you’ll find plump, grilled Kayem franks topped with fixings and tucked into toasted-dry buns. Order a Sully’s trifecta—dog, crinkle-cut fries,… read more»

2008 BEST Hot Dog

Speed’s Famous Hot Dog Wagon

Roxbury

Though they must dine amid the swirling dust and big-rig exhaust of Newmarket Square, frankfurter fiends would endure far worse in the name of Speed’s mighty all-beef dog, which gets simmered in apple cider; smoked; charcoal-grilled; basted in barbecue sauce;… read more»

2008 BEST Hot Dog
speeds

Speed’s Famous Hot Dog Wagon

Roxbury

Though they must dine amid the swirling dust and big-rig exhaust of Newmarket Square, frankfurter fiends would endure far worse in the name of Speed’s mighty all-beef dog, which gets simmered in apple cider; smoked; charcoal-grilled; basted in barbecue sauce;… read more»

2007 BEST Hot Dog, Fenway Frank

Lower Depths Tap Room

Boston

Street meat is a gambler’s pleasure—you never really know what you’re getting. Better to load up on the $1 franks at this Kenmore dive. Bonus: The excellent draft beers don’t cost Fenway Park prices, either. read more»

2004 BEST Hot Dog, North

Top Dog of Rockport

Rockport

Forget any preconceived notions of what a hot dog is: Top Dog outdoes them all with all-meat dogs in natural casings that lend a juicy chewiness, whether you order yours grilled or steamed. This little shack on the point of… read more»

1992 BEST Hot Dog

Speed’s hot-dog cart

Boston

You’ve got to taste them, preferably with the special sauces, to believe them. Exra “Spee ” Anderson is one of the Hub’s great culinary treasures. read more»

1991 BEST Hot Dog

Speed’s hot-dog cart

Boston

If you haven’t had a Speed Dog (with these special sauces), you don’t know from hot dogs. Ezra “Speed” Anderson is one of the Hub’s greatest culinary treasures. read more»