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HONOLULU Staff Favorites: The 8 Best Hot Dogs on O‘ahu

Celebrate Labor Day weekend with our team’s top dogs, from the local beef variety ready for end of summer grilling to a hot dog stand in Waimānalo to an easy takeout meal with extravagant toppings and fillings.


This article was originally published in July 2019. The list was updated on Sept. 3, 2020.


Redondo’s Aloha ‘Āina

$6.49 for 8 from Forage Hawai‘i


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Redondo’s Aloha ‘Āina hot dogs are the only ones I know of made with local beef. Though they lack the snap and juiciness I usually prefer in my franks, I appreciate their dense meatiness, which holds up well to mapo tofu hot dogs (try it and be amazed) and that they’re made with local beef not treated with antibiotics and hormones. —Martha Cheng, dining editor


foragehawaii.com, @foragehawaii


All-Beef Hot Dog

$1.50 from Costco

Costco hot dog



The all-beef Costco hot dog is the stuff of dreams—I once walked from Downtown to Iwilei just to get one for lunch. For only $1.50, you get an extra-long dog (nothing is small at Costco) and a 20-ounce drink, plus a refill. Load that sucker up with ketchup, mustard and onions from a hand-crank machine for the best cheap eat around. You now have to be a member to order from the food court. Katrina Valcourt, managing editor


Multiple locations, costco.com


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Chicago Dog

$7.25 from Hank’s Haute Dogs

Chicago Dog

Photo: Martha Cheng


I can’t stop Hank’s Chi dawg! It’s got that bratty juicy pop when you bite into it; the sheer abundance of the briny brawny toppings shout “America! Land of immigrants!” Give me your poor, your huddled masses and I’ll send them to Hank’s. Don Wallace, senior writer


The Chicago dog at Hank’s Haute Dogs: the snappy casing and toppings that include a whole pickle spear, green relish, tomato slices, pickled peppers and a sprinkle of celery salt. —MC


324 Coral St., (808) 532-4265, hankshautedogs.com@hankshautedogs


SEE ALSO: Taste Test: We Tried Every Hot Dog at Hank’s Haute Dogs and Ranked Them



Price varies at the annual Okinawan Festival


Photo: Aaron K. Yoshino


The Okinawan answer to the traditional corn dog, only miles more delicious since it is a regular sausage coated and deep fried in andagi (an Okinawan doughnut) batter. I am not part Okinawan (or Japanese) but you can bet your bottom dollar that I will be at every annual Okinawan Festival for one of these magical creations. Plus it’s meat on a stick. And what Asian doesn’t love food on sticks?Katie Kenny, digital editorial specialist


SEE ALSO: Your Guide to the Perfect Labor Day Weekend in Honolulu: September 2–8, 2020


The Andouille

$13 from Butcher & Bird


Photo: Robbie Dingeman


I cheated a little by going with a hot dog’s fancy cousin, sausage. The andouille from Butcher & Bird delivers a spicy kick from the made-fresh sausage, topped with grilled onions and mustard on a soft bun, some tangy pickles on the side (and chips). It’s pricier than your average ballpark-style frank but worth a summer lunch splurge.Robbie Dingeman, editor at large


324 Coral St., Suite 207 (upstairs at Salt at Our Kaka‘ako), (808) 762-8095, butcherandbirdhi.com@butcherandbird


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Customize your own

Starting at $6.70 from Hula Dog Hawai‘i

customize your hot dog

Photo: Courtesy of Hula Dog


I’ve been buying hot dogs from this Waikīkī spot since it was still called “Puka Dog” (now, you can only find Puka Dog on Kaua‘i). Three reasons why it’s my favorite: 1) I don’t eat pork and it has both polish and veggie options; 2) the workers carve out a snug little hole in the bread for the dog, toast it and fill it with your choice of toppings for optimal flavor and minimal mess; and 3) they offer nontraditional toppings, such as star fruit relish and liliko‘i mustard. My sweet tooth tends to lean towards the banana relish and guava mustard.—Enjy El-Kadi, digital marketing specialist


2442 Kūhiō Ave., (808) 256-7008, huladog.com


Frank’s franks New York style


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Open Sat & Sun, 11 a.m.–6 p.m.; some weekdays (check Instagram). Waimānalo, @franks_franks_nystyle


Johnsonville Hot Links

Price varies at each retailer


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Discovered Johnsonville hot links a couple of months ago—ohh, those are good. Crunchy, spicy and real thick! You can pretty much get ’em anywhere, I think—Foodland, wherever. West Virginia slaw dogs are pretty great too—a hot dog (any kind) on a bun, covered in chili and coleslaw.—Elroy Garcia, copy editor


Multiple locations, johnsonville.com



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