Everything is bigger in the state of Alaska, and thanks to all that fresh air and outdoor activity, appetites are no exception. Fortunately, the state is full of good food, including the classic old favorites like hot dogs. Here are 10 of the best places to get your hot dog on in the land of the midnight sun.
Along with traditional hot dogs with all the trimmings, Hot Dogs a la Carte serves them up Alaska style—you can get authentic reindeer dogs at this well-loved Soldotna staple. Like many mobile food options in Alaska, this hot dog cart closes around the end of October and opens up again in late April or early May. Resident Alaskans and visitors alike come from all parts of the Kenai Peninsula to get a taste of Soldotna’s reindeer dogs.
Featuring hot dogs made from recipes from all over the globe, the International House of Hot Dogs isn’t your usual mustard-and-ketchup kind of place. The hot dogs are locally sourced from Indian Valley Meats, and all sauces and condiments are prepared onsite from scratch. Try the Hawaiian Dog with secret chipotle crème sauce for a brief trip to the tropics on a cold Alaska day.
A regular at “Food Truck Friday Roundup” in Fairbanks, Husky Dogs is a far north tradition that just keeps getting better. You’ll find them during the summer at Golden Heart Plaza until the snow starts to fly in autumn. Like everything else in Alaska, the food’s a bit different. Where else in the world can you get a smoked salmon dog?
This Anchorage-based hot dog truck can be found wherever the fun is, such as the Jewel Lake Ice Fishing Jamboree. Some weekends you’ll find them at the corner of 4th Avenue and F Street or in front of Family Skate at Westchester. Cynosure Brewing is another favorite location. Make a night of it and grab a Yeti Dog Best Beer Brat or a Buffalo Dog when you visit the brew pub.
Another Fairbanks favorite, Chinook Hot Dogs specializes in gourmet quality all-beef hot dogs. Housed in a renovated school bus with the Alaska flag flying high next to Old Glory, you’ll often find this roving restaurant at the Fort Wainwright PX, but check its Facebook to find out where it’s at for the day or evening. Be sure to finish off that classic dog with an old fashioned, freshly-made banana split.
Tiki Pete’s in Anchorage advertises traditional flavors with a fresh twist, and they don’t disappoint. The owner’s husband owns a specialty meat company, and other ingredients are sourced from Maui. You can’t miss with the Buffalo Bratwurst.
Here’s where you’ll find handcrafted specialty sausages that are made fresh onsite every day. With six ounces of meat in each serving, you’ll get a real meal instead of just a snack, and all orders are grilled fresh. Try their Italian sausage made with diced fennel and flaked red pepper.
Alaska residents and visitors alike flock to Johnny Chicago’s for an authentic taste of classic Chicago street fare. Permanently located on 36th Avenue in Anchorage, Johnny Chicago’s will soon be offering customers the convenience of online ordering. Made the same way now as it was over a century ago, their Chicago-style hot dog is pure nostalgia complete with a trademark kosher pickle, yellow mustard, and a poppy seed bun.
Tia’s has been a staple on the Anchorage street food scene for nearly two decades, which is no easy task is a city that’s known for its rapidly-changing culinary landscape. Serving up traditional reindeer sausages grilled over an open gas flame along with all beef brats, kielbasa, Italian sausage dogs, and sweet-and-spicy Louisiana red hots that will warm the chilliest Alaska night, Tia’s is where the locals go when they want consistently good street fare at a reasonable price. Tia’s can be found on the corner of 4th Avenue and E Street.
Housed in an old delivery van with charming red shutters, Bear Paw Hot Dog Truck is usually at home on near the Ted Stevens International Airport. Try their chili-and-cheese dog—for an extra special tough, they use nacho cheese.