Your ultimate guide to the 11 best hot dogs in Birmingham, including Gus’s Hot Dogs and Sneaky Pete’s

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Staff cooking up some of the best hot dogs in Birmingham! Photo via Hot Diggity Dogs Facebook page

With the 4th of July coming up, we thought it’d be a good idea to share with you the best hot dogs in Birmingham, complete with ratings from Yelp and Trip Advisor. 

While we know most of you will be grilling from home on the 4th, July is the perfect month to go out and try what Birmingham has to offer. From locally-owned to growing by the minute, here is your ultimate guide to dogs in the ‘ham:

Chef L.A. cooking up a special dog just for you! Photo via Gus’s Hot Dogs Facebook page

Coming in hot as one of the best hot dogs in Birmingham, Gus’s Hot Dogs is known for its famous dogs. They are proudly Greek originated and have been in business since 1947.

Fan favorite: Special Dog

4.5 stars on Yelp • 5 stars on Trip Advisor

205-251-4540 • 1915 4th Ave N, Birmingham, AL 35203

Sneaky Pete’s
Nothing beats a beautifully crafted hot dog. Photo via Sneaky Pete’s Facebook page

Also ringing in on the list for the highest rated dogs in the ‘ham is Sneaky Pete’s. Open since 1966, Sneaky Pete’s has grown into a chain with locations scattered across Alabama. Be sure to try their Sneaky Pete Sauce, a legendary recipe pairing perfectly with the Sneaky Pete Dog.

Fan favorite: Sneaky Pete Dog

5 stars on Yelp • 4.5 stars on Trip Advisor

205-254-9762 • 3507 6th Ave S, Birmingham, AL 35222

Hot Diggity Dogs
Check out those toppings! Photo by Pat Byington for Bham Now

Located above Fancy’s on 5th, Hot Diggity Dogs is a ‘ham favorite for its illusive environment. Did you know that within the hot dog joint is a speakeasy called The Marble Ring? Guess you’ll have to go to find out more! Hot Diggity Dogs sells both Kosher beef and tofu dogs.

Fan favorite: Create Your Own

4.5 stars on Yelp • 4.5 stars on Trip Advisor

205-202-2363 • 430 41st St S, Birmingham, AL 35222

Bama Hotdogs

Originally a Sneaky Pete location, Bama Hotdogs’ owners took it upon themselves to rebrand and create their own version of an Alabama hot dog in Tarrant City. This family business ensures good quality food for its well-behaved patrons.

Fan favorite: Slaw Dog

4 stars on Yelp • 5 stars on Trip Advisor

205-849-2244 • 1610 Pinson Valley Pkwy, Birmingham, AL 35217

Take a look at that cheese! Photo via Deb’s Hot Dogs Facebook page

Deb’s Hot Dogs is a local breakfast to lunch spot in Bessemer. Although they recently underwent new ownership, Deb’s still sells the same classic dogs.

Fan favorite: Slaw Dog

5 stars on Yelp • 3.5 stars on Trip Advisor

205-424-7600 • 1395 4th Ave SW, Bessemer, AL 35022


Another local favorite, Jimmy’s is a hot dog and burger joint across the street from Sneaky Pete’s. You may think they’d be rivals, but Jimmy’s’ owner was actually the OG Sneaky Pete’s owner’s brother! Jimmy’s used to also be a Sneaky Pete’s way back when.

Fan favorite: Jimmy Dog

4 stars on Yelp • 4.5 stars on Trip Advisor

205-251-9460 • 3425 6th Ave S, Birmingham, AL 35222


One of a few hamburger + hot dog combination joints, Tony’s offers a good selection of both. Although customers rave about the delicious burgers, the hot dogs are also a must try in Birmingham.

Fan favorite: Junkyard Dog

4 stars on Yelp • 4.5 stars on Trip Advisor

205-988-3236 • 1922 Montgomery Hwy S, Birmingham, AL 35244


A locally-owned grill in Birmingham, Paul’s offers Chicago style hot dogs as well as burgers and sandwiches. People love the service at Paul’s, and most of them are familiar with Paul himself. Come here for a delightfully quick and simple experience.

Fan favorite: Chicago Dog

4 stars on Yelp • 4 stars on Trip Advisor

205-655-8269 • 5950 Chalkville Mountain Rd Suite 100, Birmingham, AL 35235

The Standard
Two popular Standard dogs, the Birmingham and the Slaw. Photo via The Standard Facebook page

The Standard resides within the Pizitz Food Hall! The stand puts a Birmingham twist on all of their burgers and dogs. Since they use Nathan’s hot dogs, they are always tasty and full of Standard flavor.

Fan favorite: Birmingham Dog

4 stars on Yelp • 4 stars on Trip Advisor (for the Pizitz Food Hall)

Contact 1821 2nd Ave N Suite 188, Birmingham, AL 35233 

Marilyn’s Deli & Dogs

Marilyn’s Deli is another locally-owned gem. Stop here for freshness, quality, and the quaintness of local diners.

Fan favorite: Chili Dog

4 yelp • 3.5 stars on trip advisor

205-324-3354 • 715 18th St N, Birmingham, AL 35203

Scott’s Koneys

Scott’s Koneys is known for their inexpensive specialty hot dogs. Fans know to try a little bit of everything because their slogan is “We’re more than just dogs!” Despite that, the dogs are pretty darn good.

Fan favorite: Dinkledorf Dog

3.5 yelp • 4 stars on Trip Advisor

205-323-1783 • 2021 3rd Avenue South, Birmingham, AL 35233

Which tasty hot dogs are your favorite?

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