HONOLULU Staff Favorites: The 6 Best Hot Dogs on O‘ahu

Celebrate National Hot Dog Day (Wednesday, July 17) with our team’s top dogs, from a super cheap combo to extravagant toppings and fillings.

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.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.—Martha Cheng, food and dining editor


Hank’s Haute Dogs is extending their regular 4–6 p.m. happy hour to an all-day affair on National Hot Dog Day (Wednesday, July 17). Enjoy 20% off hot dogs and sausages. 324 Coral St., (808) 532-4265, hankshautedogs.com




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


Saturday, Aug. 31, to Sunday, Sept. 1 at the Hawaiʻi Convention Center, 1801 Kalākaua Ave.


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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


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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



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