The 7 Best Hot Dog Joints in Delaware!

Delaware boasts some of the best hot dog joints on the East Coast. These spots are serving up high-quality meats cooked to perfection. So when you’re craving everyone’s favorite quick bite, check out these excellent hot dog joints across the Diamond State. 

1. Johnnie’s Dog House & Chicken Shack, Wilmington, DE

Voted top hot dog joint for the state of Delaware, Johnnie’s Dog House boasts the best hot dogs and fried chicken in Wilmington. A family-oriented restaurant, Johnnie’s offers a variety of hot dog choices including beef, turkey, and veggie dogs, with topics from across the country. Named 29th Best Hot Dog restaurant in the country in 2015, Johnnie’s has the best food in town.

2. Deerhead Hot Dogs, Wilmington, DE

Coming in at a close second is Deerhead in the Boxwood Shopping Center. They offer a wide variety on their menu including hot dogs and plenty of lunch choices. They also a boast a flat screen TV so patrons can watch all their games while enjoying their meal.  Deerhead is close to the business district and the location can’t be beat. A quick stop in for a meal before heading back to the office will get your hot dog hankering taken care of.

3. The Dog House, New Castle, DE

No fancy frills, just good dogs. The Dog House in New Castle, Delaware, is a local hot dog joint that people have been coming back to again and again for generations. Conveniently located on Route 13, the Dog House cooks up some of the best hot dogs, cheese steaks, and burgers in the area. They even have salads with great ratings.  Established in 1952, this is one local joint you will want to add to your list.

4. Charcoal Pit, Wilmington, DE

“The Pit,” as referred to by loyal local customers, opened its doors in 1956 and has been a success ever since. They originally opened as a burger joint and quickly expanded its menu to incorporate other choices such as the Char Dog Special, Charcoal Broiled Steaks, and custom ice cream creations. It is so popular in fact, that the former President Barack Obama stopped here for a bite in July 2014.  

5. Chelsea Tavern, Wilmington, DE

Known as comfort food with a twist, Chelsea Tavern has an exceptional staff that is knowledgeable about craft beer and what cuisine to pair beers with. Customers can select from over 31 craft beers on tap and over 200 bottles, most of which are also craft driven. With a warm, comforting and inviting atmosphere, Chelsea Tavern is among the best. 

6. Gallucio’s Restaurant, Wilmington, DE

Housed in an original Wilmington brownstone, Gallucio’s is Wilmington’s favorite Italian restaurant and Irish pub. The building itself was built in 1865 but Gallucio’s opened its doors in the 1970s serving casual Italian fare. Known as a neighborhood restaurant, locals visit Gallucio’s across generations. Stop in at lunchtime or order your food for takeout right on Facebook.

7. Goat Kitchen and Bar, Wilmington, DE

Neighborhood Goat and Bar is a modern restaurant that caters to every palate. Its innovative menu includes a range of bar snacks, vegetarian options and many non-vegetarian options. Irony is, there is no goat on the menu. Food choices include the Texas Trash, Parmesan Calamari, Thai Chicken Noodle Soup, and Porter Braised Short Ribs amongst many other delectable delights.  

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