Frankie Dogs Gourmet
All over Fort Lauderdale, frankiedogs.com
Frankie and his dogs lead a roving, food truck-style existence, so you have to track them down first. (Hint: the bars and breweries of the Flagler Village area are a good bet.) But your persistence will be rewarded by some of the most flavorful, creatively topped dogs in town.
Hot Dog Heaven
101 E Sunrise Blvd., hotdogheaven.infinology.net
They’ve got signs up that explain about the pure beef Vienna hot dogs they use but really, all you need to do is taste. Old-school Chicago-style dogs, including other sausage options such as Polish, Italian or salami.
2590 N Federal Hwy., skylinechili.com
This landmark chain is mostly known for their pioneering work in the field of chili distribution (Chili on spaghetti? Why not!) But don’t sleep on their hot dogs. Or indeed, on their hot dogs slathered in chili.
Chicago Italian Beef and Hot Dogs, 334 E McNab Rd., Pompano Beach, chitownresturant.wixsite.com/chitownresturant
It might sit on the Fort Lauderdale/Pompano Beach border, but as the name indicates, this place is all about the Windy City. If for some reason you’re not in the mood for a dog, they also do subs, desserts including ice cream and cannolis, and pizza (Chicago-style, of course.