The Seven Best Hot Dog Stands in St. Louis

Selecting Riverfront Times' Best of St. Louis 2011 was no picnic. Choosing the winner meant several worthy candidates would go unmentioned -- until now. In this Gut Check series, we are chewing our way through notable runners up in a number of categories. To see hundreds more winners and finalists and download the Riverfront Times Best of St. Louis mobile app, visit our Best of St. Louis homepage.

hotdoglede.jpg
Megan Gilliand
Outside of Woofie's, a perennial local favorite.
No longer relegated to ballparks alone or punch lines about the contents of their encased innards, hot dogs have never been so hip. So Gut Check was only too happy to fete the 'furter in our countdown of the area's best.

stevewing.jpg
Jennifer Silverberg
Steve Ewing's hot dog haven.

Steve's Hot Dogs on the Hill (2131 Marconi Avenue; 314-762-9899)

What's in a name? Does calling a hot dog a frankfurter make the little link any more refined? Probably not, but there is something about the "Molotov Dog" that just might make your mouth water before you even take that first bite, and with its habanero-chipotle spread and sriracha and additional options of pickle relish, chipotle onions and jalapeños, you're going to need all the water you can get. At Steve's Hot Dogs on the Hill, hot-dog eaters get more than just clever names, as saying each one gets you closer to biting into one of Urge singer Steve Ewing's hickory-smoked and grilled-to-perfection hot dogs and sausages. The "St. Louis Style Hyaaah! Dog" is nothing like that weiner you pulled out of your microwave, as each snapping bite comes with ample grilled onions and grilled bell peppers, hot peppers, bacon and provolone. Diners can also branch out into a number of other locally produced meats, including The "Al Hra-brat-ski" Hungarian bratwurst, topped with more sauerkraut, mustard and celery salt than you can fit under a Fu Manchu.

Foxy's Red Hots (11658 Dorsett Road, Maryland Heights; 314-770-2440)

For more than 25 years Foxy's Red Hots has been cooking up classic Vienna Beef hot-dog delights. A word to the wise: Leave the Chicago rivalry at home because Foxy's Maryland Heights spot is decked out in Second City décor. As expected, the dogs at Foxy's get the Chicago-style treatment right down to the sport peppers. The restaurant also serves up chili dogs, corn dogs, a Philly dog and, among the specialty pups, the Kathy, which features cheese sauce, bacon, pickle and mustard. (After this entry went live, commenters wrote in to tell us that Foxy's has closed. Read more here.)

audik.jpg
Megan Gilliand
Inside at Audi-K's.

Audi K's (235 N. Euclid Avenue; 314-361-0270)

Audi-K's in the Central West End is open for lunch, and an early dinner, every day but Sunday. It is easy to see why, as any one of its many specialty dogs, juicy and grilled to lightly crisp perfection, makes a perfect lunch or midday snack. Audi-K's also reopens every Friday and Saturday night from 11 p.m. until 2 a.m. Why? Because sometimes at one in the morning, you need a hot dog. I mean really, really, need a hot dog. And for those who happen to be on or around Maryland and Euclid avenues when other establishments start to shut down, Audi-K's has exactly what your body needs. It covers its dogs with just about anything you might be craving when you step into the little restaurant, including simple options with ketchup, mustard and relish or the "Buddie-D Dog" topped with coleslaw, baked beans and bacon, or you can spice your frank up a bit with the "Killer Dog," covered in sauerkraut, onions, horseradish and spicy red-pepper relish. And then there are the chili dogs, prepared with chili alone or even more stuff, such as cheese, onions, hot sauce, jalapeños and more.


Location Info

Steve's Hot Dogs on the Hill

2131 Marconi Ave., St. Louis, MO

Category: Restaurant

Foxy's Red Hots

11658 Dorsett Road, Maryland Heights, MO

Category: Restaurant

Audi-K's

235 N. Euclid Ave., St. Louis, MO

Category: Restaurant

Classic Red Hots

41 Forum Center, Chesterfield, MO

Category: Restaurant

Woofie's

1919 Woodson Rd, Overland, MO

Category: Restaurant

Carlos' Hot Dogs

6th St. & Olive St., St. Louis, MO

Category: Restaurant

My Voice Nation Help
14 comments
max_in_missouri
max_in_missouri

What about the guy with the converted barrel that sells bbq'd dogs outside of Pop's and other fine establishments on the East side in the middle of the night?

Kevin Rotellini
Kevin Rotellini

Read this article then went to try Steve's never again. I also like the home depot hot dogs better

Epic Coffeetime
Epic Coffeetime

Having your hot dog stand is much more fun than having your meat loaf.

Margaret Keller
Margaret Keller

Seriously. The Brentwood one used to have amazing Chicago Dogs. Haven't been there in ages, but it was the best hot dog in the city at that time.

Deb45
Deb45

This is a rewash of an article you guys wrote several years ago and in the comments section of THAT article they told you Foxy's was closed back THEN. Geez - can't you guys do something original & CURRENT?! 3 of your 6 are now closed because this article is a retread. Why not scope out hot dog MAINSTAYS in STL like Carl's Drive-In in Rock Hill and the hot dog guys inside Home Depots?? Seriously - how long would it have taken to call your 6 choices prior to republishing to ensure it was CURRENT info??? Jeez - seriously.

Doug Byrkit
Doug Byrkit

Isn't every day in America national hot dog day?

Elicia Zoey Knobloch
Elicia Zoey Knobloch

Audi k's and Mr. Harry's carnival foods are no longer there. You should have Christian Knobloch write your food articles. That guy can write!

Marc Seleman
Marc Seleman

Hit up the guy at the Home Depot in Chesterfield Valley. Great authentic dogs, Italian sausage, Italian beef and gyros!

Abey kelly
Abey kelly

classic red hot is open and offers delicious food I was there today and was very busy

Lopalmer
Lopalmer

Sadly, Foxy's Red Hots is now closed.  They were emptying out the restaurant today.

IanFroeb
IanFroeb

Oh no! Thanks for passing along the sad news.

Now Trending

From the Vault

 

Loading...