Whether an Idaho native or a welcome tourist, the Gem State caters to a variety of tastes. One of Idaho’s little-known food endeavors is a bit simpler in the making, but holds a spot high on the list of guilty—or not so guilty—comfort foods: The hot dog. Amid your exploring the many nooks of the Northwest, the best stop you could make is for a quick bite to eat at one of the 10 best places for authentic hot dogs. You wouldn’t expect to find these Chicago-inspired sweet spots scattered throughout the state, but from cart, to truck, to shack, each of these is a must during your next excursion!
Meander down to the quaint food court at Sandpoint’s center and you’ll find Tug’s cute little establishment. Should we mention Tug is of the canine variety? This beautiful golden boy and his employees work seasonally to bring you extraordinary taste with their north Idaho crafted dogs. You’ll expect to sample a variety of meat that includes elk and Sandpoint’s famous Wood’s smokie sausages. Ask a native just how good it is. They’ll agree it’s a must.
Looking for the perfect specialty dog made from elk, buffalo or reindeer? This sweet spot has these seasonal taste bud opportunities as well as their authentic pure-beef choices that will take you back for seconds! A favorite of even the most homesick east coast travelers, you can’t go wrong with anything on this menu.
Anyone feeling nostalgic for a bit of Chicago? Straight from ChiTown, this hot dog shack has a grand selection of authentic franks that will keep you coming back to try every single one. Grab the napkins because you’re going to need them!
Come check out the menu at Scotty’s down in Boise. This tiny but mighty food truck is always on the move, so check out their Facebook page for updates on location, but we promise the hunt is worth it. Customers swear by the sauerkraut, and like the sign says: It’s the sauce. Superb service and fantastic gourmet dogs. This one is a for sure favorite in the hub of Idaho.
When’s a better time to get a hot dog than summer? Another seasonal favorite, T and T’s is the spot to seek when hitting up an event in Idaho Falls. Whether a brat, a foot long or a garlic dog, this place has what you’re looking for when watching that high school game or waiting for the sky to light up on the Fourth of July. They’re dynamite!
Looking for the best dang brats in town? The Dogfather has them! This cart is a classic venue for your simple favorites and is best during a night out in Idaho Falls. Stop in at Karen’s and give them a go! For the latest, be sure to visit their Facebook page.
If you’re looking for a lot of variety on your dogs, this is the place! Ten hand-made hot dogs, dipped corndogs, gyros, chips, shakes and floats! They have it all! A rival for any dogs to be found on the coast, East or West, this is a definite must and why it has made the top 10 of all the hot dog joints in Idaho! Don’t tell the other guys, but this one just might be the favorite.
Winding down from a few runs on Bald Mountain? Stop by Irving’s for a quick bite! Windy city style, these dogs appease even the pickiest of appetites and is a grand option for those shredding that powder on a budget. This quaint hot dog shack is one that can’t be missed!
Did someone say Philly fries? This truck is has authentic Philly written all over it, right down to the dogs. Loaded down with enough toppings to made your taste buds sing, we guarantee you’ll leave more than satisfied.
Boasting the hottest buns in town, Grumpy’s has an extraordinary menu with several items to choose from, but we can all agree their hot dog selection is bar none when it comes to flavor. This dive is interesting to say the least. While it’s worth the stop, keep in mind that they’re seasonal, which works well for many summer travelers! Hop on over to this little spot and feed the goats!