The Hunt: Finding the best Hotdogs in Northeast Florida

Words by Ambar Ramirez & Carmen Macri

Watch the full video with reviews here.

It’s officially summertime. And what else screams summertime other than a nice hot glizzy? Maybe wrapped in tinfoil, cooked over a grill or boiled? Even if you claim you dont like hotdogs, you still kind of like hotdogs. It’s un-American to feel otherwise. Every time we unwrap a nice glizzy, I feel like I hear a bald eagle screeching in the background. caw caw 


Hotdog Hut

We would be doing you a disservice if we didn’t first head over to the “Best of Jax” Best Hot Dog winner, Hotdog Hut. Located in Jacksonville Beach, this specialty hot dog restaurant is a staple to the glizzy eating community. 


We won’t bore you with all the details but we will say, we ordered a jumbo hot dog that ended up being the size of a regular hot dog – just a bit fatter. And the perfectly seasoned dog distracted us from the dry bun. You truly can’t win ’em all. 


Dog: 4/5

Bun: 2/5

Bun to dog ratio: 3/5

Overall: 3.5/5

Perfect for those who are followers, not leaders. 


Orange tree

I feel like every daughter has a distinct memory of going to an Orange Tree with her dad growing up, right? No? Just us? Well, that is something you need to unpack with your father. What you should also unpack is all the juiciness that is an Orange Tree hotdog. 


Now if you are anything like us, you like your hotdog a little… smushy? I dont know if that’s the right word to use, but if you know, you know. Sometimes it’s nice when the bun feels like it’s been inside of someone’s pocket for a few hours – in a good way. The dog itself was a bit underwhelming, plain and boiled but boy was the bun-to-dog ratio amazing. 


The only downside to Orange Tree is they only offer one size of glizzy, and we know that size “doesn’t matter,” but in this case, it does.


Dog: 3/5

Bun: 4/5

Bun to dog ratio: 5/5

Overall: 4/5

Perfect for thought daughters.


All American Hotdogs & Sandwiches

If Stan Smith from “American Dad” were real, he would definitely be a regular at All American Hotdogs & Sandwiches. And honestly, after eating their touched-by-God hotdog, so will we. 


We thought Orange tree had the best bun, but after having All American’s classic hotdog, but boy, were we proved wrong. Imagine a piece of Texas Toast, got it? Now imagine that wrapped around a perfectly grilled hotdog. Are you picking up what we are putting down? This is the hotdog that dads strive for every fourth of July. 


And for you lazy f***s (us) they have a drive-thru! It’s truly the American dream. 


Dog: 3/5

Bun: 5/5

Bun to dog ratio: 5/5

Overall: 4.5/5

Perfect for you honky tonks!


Lazy Days Hotdog Cart (Mustard and Onions on FB) 

We knew this would happen, and we tried to warn you. There is simply no dog better than a Lazy Days hotdog. It is the type of hotdog that you dream about. The type of hotdog where you are already planning your next visit before you’ve taken the last bite. Not to mention – these bad boys are handed over wrapped in tin foil so you know that you are about to experience a true Chicago hotdog. 


You’ll find the perfect hotdog on the corner of N Laura St and W Forsyth St. The dog is freshly boiled and steamed, achieving a tender outer layer with a juicy center. The bun is soft and pillowy (smushy, in Carmen’s terms) and the way she dresses the dogs is like no other. The harmony of everything included brings tears to our eyes. Truly. 


Dog: 5/5

Bun: 5/5

Bun to dog ratio: 5/5

Overall: 5/5

Perfect for people with tastebuds. 

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