Hot Dog Tour Around Columbus

Exploring four of Columbus’ many great hot dog joints

   Columbus has a wide variety of popular local hot dog restaurants in downtown Columbus. Taking a hot dog tour around Columbus is a great way for students, faculty, and staff to enjoy some great food, explore the city, meet new people, and spend time with friends and family. By following this tour guide, you can kick off a weekend that is both fun and delicious with the most unique and tasty local hot dogs.


Dinglewood Pharmacy

   The tour begins with Dinglewood pharmacy, which can be found on 1939 Wynnton Rd. This establishment, which has been in operation since 1918, is especially unique because it acts as a pharmacy and a hot dog joint that focuses on the health and comfort of its customers. 


  According to the Dinglewood Pharmacy website, the establishment offers “all of the medications and services of a modern pharmacy, but with the friendly, personalized service of an independent business.”


   The Dinglewood Pharmacy menu includes their “world-famous” scrambled hot dog, slaw dog, chili dog, chicken fingers, cheese fries, Dinglewood club, and more. 


   The establishment is open for business Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Drop by if you are looking for a delicious meal or to get your prescription filled. 


Jordan’s Girls

   The second stop on the tour is Jordan’s Girls Gourmet Dawgs, located on 803 Veterans Parkway. Jordan’s girls, which has been in business for the past nine years, offers customers traditional hot dogs as well as vegan options. 


  According to the Jordan’s Girls website, customers looking for vegan menu options can purchase their “No Dawg Hot Dawg,” which includes the Riverwalk Veggie Dog, Chili Bun, and Scramble Bun, which are all meatless hot dogs.


   The restaurant offers traditional hot dogs, scrambled hot dogs, nachos, fries, and desserts. The menu also has specials named after several states, including the “Alabama Dawg,” which includes chili, coleslaw, onions, and mustard, and the “Arkansas Dawg,” which has turkey dawg chili, cheese, mustard, and onions on it.


   The establishment is open from Monday through Saturday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Customers can dine in or order take-out. 


Frank’s Alley

   The final tour stop is Frank’s Alley. Located on 1246 Broadway, Franks Alley is known for its New York street-style hot dogs. The restaurant has cleverly titled hot dog menu options such as the “Central Park,” the “Manhattan,” and the “Bronx.”


   Frank’s Alley is the perfect place for those who like their hot dogs plain or with extra condiments added. The restaurant offers a variety of traditional toppings such as mustard and ketchup, but the store also offers more elaborate condiments like red onions, beer cheese, chili, and shoestring potatoes. 


  Customers can also make their order a combo by adding a drink and ordering sides such as chips, roasted peanuts, kosher pickles, and sweets such as dessert pretzels. 


   According to the company’s Facebook page, the restaurant offers take-out and dine-in options and is open Tuesday through Saturday from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. and Sunday through Monday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.


  Customers can stop by this restaurant to get a taste of New York right here in Columbus.


Cook’s Place Hot Dogs

  Up next on the hour tour is Cooks Hot Dogs. According to their website, Cook’s Hot Dogs has two Columbus locations. 


 The first location is Cook’s Place Moon Road, located on 5837 Nancy Ave. This location offers customers the option to dine in or carry out, and it is open Monday through Saturday. The drive-thru option is available from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., while dining in is only available from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.


  The second location, Cook’s Place at The Landing, is located on 2521 Airport Thruway and is strictly drive-thru. This location is open Monday through Saturday from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.


  Cooks Hot Dogs has been in business for 35 years and is known for its family-friendly 1950s theme and home scrambled dog recipe. The scramble dog includes homemade chili, mustard, ketchup, onions, pickles, and it is topped with oyster crackers. 


  Customers can order a variety of meals, including hot dogs, sandwiches, burgers, potato chips, chili, onion rings, and fries. 


Honorable mentions

   If you cannot get enough of Columbus’ local hot dog restaurants and are looking to expand your hot tour, you can also visit Destiny’s dogs, World Famous Hot Dogs, or Nathan’s Famous Hot Dogs.