Cheap Eats 2015: Haute Dogs & Fries

Where we go for our favorite dolled-up hot dogs.
Cheap Eats 2015: Haute Dogs & Fries
The Eskimo dog at Haute Dog & Fries. Photograph by Andrew Propp.

Banish thoughts of dirty-water dogs with plain old mustard and relish when you come to these cheery eateries; set your sights instead on franks done up with mango-pineapple relish and jalapeños, or barbecue sauce and blue cheese. Owners Pamela Swanson and Lionel Holmes get endlessly creative with toppings, but they never seem to obscure the excellent foundational elements: crisp-skinned all-beef hot dogs (the same brand served at Fenway Park) and top-split buns painted in butter, then grilled. The Duck Duck Dog—an ode to Peking duck with hoisin, cucumbers, and slivered scallions—is fusion at its best, and just as memorable as the by-the-book Chicago dog, laden with grass-green relish and banana peppers.

Cuisine: American

Where you can get it: 610 Montgomery St., Alexandria, 703-548-3891; 609 E. Main St., Purcellville, 540-338-2439

Also good: Chili dog with onions; bánh mì dog, with Sriracha mayonnaise, jalapeños, and cilantro; mac and cheese; sweet-potato fries with chipotle mayo.

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Ann Limpert
Executive Food Editor/Critic

Ann Limpert joined Washingtonian in late 2003. She was previously an editorial assistant at Entertainment Weekly and a cook in New York restaurant kitchens, and she is a graduate of the Institute of Culinary Education. She lives in Logan Circle.

Anna Spiegel
Food Editor

Anna Spiegel covers the dining and drinking scene in her native DC. Prior to joining Washingtonian in 2010, she attended the French Culinary Institute and Columbia University’s MFA program in New York, and held various cooking and writing positions in NYC and in St. John, US Virgin Islands.