Where to get the best hot dog in Birmingham for Memorial Day

Are you drooling yet? 🌭 Photo via @thestandardbhm on Instagram

I don’t know about you, but a good hot dog has been a staple on my Memorial Day cookout plate since I can remember. We might not be able to attend the usual Memorial Day festivities, but enjoying a good hot dog is still on the table. Here are a few of our favorites in Birmingham.

1. Gus’s Hot Dogs

Gus’s Hot Dogs is a Downtown favorite. Established in 1947 by Gus Alexander, a Greek immigrant, this hot dog joint has some of the best Birmingham spirit around. Right now they are open for curbside and to-go food only. So if you’re craving a filling frank this weekend, check out Gus’s.

  • Must try: The Special Dog | $2.50
  • Address: 1915 4th Avenue North, Birmingham, AL 35203
  • Hours: Mon-Fri 8AM-5PM | Sat 10AM-4PM | Closed Sunday
  • Call | Menu | Facebook

2. Tony’s Hot Dogs

Named one of the top 50 best hot dogs in America by Big 7 Travel in 2019, Tony’s Hot Dogs is a Birmingham favorite. The iconic hot dog joint has been located at the same spot off Montgomery Highway in Pelham for almost 27 years. And if you haven’t had a chance to check them out, now’s the time. You can support this family-owned small business by ordering a dog to-go via call-in or takeout.

  • Must try: The Junk Yard Dog | $3.39-$4.39
  • Address: 1922 Montgomery Highway South, Pelham, AL
  • Hours: Mon-Fri 5:30AM-3PM | Sat 6:30AM-3PM
  • Call | Menu | Facebook

3. The Standard

We’re BIG Standard fans over here at Bham Now. Before working remote, we worked out of Forge, the co-working space above The Pizitz Food Hall. We visited The Standard countless times for a hot dog/hamburger at lunch and after-work tots. Thankfully, they are offering takeout via phone or you can order online here.

  • Must try: The Birmingham Dog | $6
  • Address: 1821 2nd Avenue North #188, Birmingham, AL 35203
  • Hours: Mon-Sat 11AM-8PM | Sun 11AM-4PM (Hours may vary)
  • Call | Menu | Instagram

4. Chris Z’s

If you want it, Chris Z’s probably has it. Think mouthwatering breakfast omelets, juicy double-stacked burgers, and flavorful franks you have to try. Their drive-through is open for breakfast and lunch, and you can order online here. You can also order for takeout, and trust us, you won’t be disappointed.

  • Must try: The Z Dog | $3.95
  • Address: 2808 University Boulevard, Birmingham, AL 35233
  • Hours: Mon-Fri 6:30AM-2PM | Sat 7AM-2PM | Closed Sunday
  • Call | Menu | Facebook

5. Paul’s Hot Dogs

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If you’re in the Trussville area, you’ve probably heard about Paul’s. If you’re craving a Chicago-style dog, this is the place to go. Their menu includes, burgers, sandwiches, specialty plates and baskets as well. And right now you can dine in or call in for takeout.

  • Must try: Paul’s Scrambled Dog | $3.75
  • Address: 5950 Chalkville Mountain Rd Ste 100, Trussville, AL
  • Hours: Mon-Fri 10:30AM-6AM | Sat 10:30AM-3PM | Closed Sunday
  • Call | Menu | Facebook

Want more of the hottest hot dog options in the ‘Ham? We wrote about some of Birmingham’s most unique franks earlier this year and it’s goooood. 🌭

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