5801 Detroit Avenue
Cleveland, OH 44178
The Happy Dog keeps patrons pleased with live music as well as its food. The establishment offers quarter-pound hot dogs made from its own recipe, packed on a poppy seed roll with numerous toppings for $5. There are toppings aplenty, including two different types of ketchup, a house-made one and a chipotle version; traditional, dijon, raspberry crunch and black truffle honey mustards; and numerous sauces, including chile, barbecue, habanero and steak. Happy Dog is open 4 p.m. to 2:30 a.m. Monday through Thursday, 11 a.m. to 2:30 a.m. Friday, and 1 p.m. to 2:30 a.m. Saturday and Sunday.
Hot Dog Heaven
493 Cleveland Avenue
Amherst, OH 44001
Fans praise Hot Dog Heaven for both customer service and its food. Customers have a choice of regular and quarter-pound hog dogs and toppings including cheese, mustard, bacon, onions, hot peppers, sauerkraut and homemade chili sauce. Prices are incredible, ranging from $1.59 for a regular hot dog to $2.79 for a jumbo kielbasa dog. Hot Dog Heaven is open 10:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. Sunday through Thursday and 10:30 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday.
21800 Center Ridge Road
Rocky River, OH 44116
Zog Dogs is praised for its “cheap eats,” with a menu of items priced about $6 or under. There’s Sahlen’s Smokehouse dogs along with skinless hot dogs and kielbasa. The All-American corner hot dog shop cooks up its hot dogs over a grill packed with lava rocks, giving it a distinct flavor. Zog Dogs is open 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday.
Seti’s Polish Boys
Dean Supply parking lot
Corner of East 34th Street and Woodland Avenue
Cleveland, OH 44115
Seti’s Polish Boys is actually a custom-made, mobile kitchen set up in the Dean Supply parking lot. It has been listed in the Plain Dealer’s “100 reasons we still love Cleveland” and featured on the Food Network program “The Best Thing I Ever Ate.” A Polish Boy dog comes with coleslaw, fries and barbecue sauce. There are also chili dogs, slaw dogs and cheese dogs, all which are first grilled and then popped into a deep fryer. Piled up, it can make for a messy but flavorful dining experience. Seti’s Polish Boys opens for lunch 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. weekdays.