Best of Boston

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 »

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 »

2009 BEST Hot Dog
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Speed’s

Roxbury

At $7, Speed’s may seem pricey. In truth, we’d cheerfully pay twice that for this humongous all-beef dog with cider tang, slathered in barbecue sauce and served (if desired) with chili, mustard, onions, and relish on a toasted-just-right bun. read more »

2008 BEST Hot Dog
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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

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 »