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Fancy and Festive Hot Dogs to Try in Washington D.C.

Beat the cold with this ballpark favorite, gone upscale.

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The humble hot dog has come quite a long way since its birth in 15th century Germany. After European immigrants introduced the frankfurter to the United States in the 19th century, baseball parks soon served these sausages as standard fare.

According to the National Sausage and Hot Dog Council (yes, it exists), Americans today consume about 20 billion hot dogs annually, or around 70 per person each year. No doubt Americans love their dogs.

Now links get a new look, with a growing trend of artisanal hot dog joints in DC giving a gourmet makeover. Think beyond the city standard half smoke with chili, to consider fresh toppings like blue cheese or kimchi.

Hardly dirty water dogs, here are several places that reinvent the classic with new twists. This list has been updated from February thanks to the arrival of the ideal hot dog season: summer.

—additional reporting by Missy Frederick

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Baby Wale

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1124 9th St NW
Washington, D.C. 20001
(202) 450-3311
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2. BURGERFI

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8504 Fenton St
Silver Spring, MD 20910
(301) 565-2100
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3. City Burger

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4. DC-3

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423 8th St SE
Washington, D.C. 20003
(202) 546-1935
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5. Galaxy Hut

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2711 Wilson Blvd
Arlington, VA 22201
(703) 525-8646
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6. Greatest American Hot Dogs

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7206 Muncaster Mill Rd
Derwood, MD 20855
(800) 570-4243
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7. Haute Dogs & Fries Restaurant

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610 Montgomery St
Alexandria, VA 22314
(703) 548-3891
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8. Ivy and Coney

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1523 7th St NW
Washington, D.C. 20001
(202) 670-9489
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9. Johnny's Half Shell

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400 N Capitol St NW
Washington, D.C. 20001
(202) 737-0400
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10. Loeb's New York Deli

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1712 I St NW
Washington, D.C. 20005
(202) 965-5632

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11. Red Apron Butchery

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709 D St NW
Washington, D.C. 20004
(202) 524-5244
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12. Shake Shack

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800 F St NW
Washington, D.C. 20004
(202) 800-9930
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13. Swizzler Gourmet Hotdogs

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1. Baby Wale

1124 9th St NW, Washington, D.C. 20001

[Photo: R. Lopez]

1124 9th St NW
Washington, D.C. 20001

2. BURGERFI

8504 Fenton St, Silver Spring, MD 20910

[Photo: Official]

8504 Fenton St
Silver Spring, MD 20910

3. City Burger

7015 Wisconsin Ave., Maryland 20815

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4. DC-3

423 8th St SE, Washington, D.C. 20003

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423 8th St SE
Washington, D.C. 20003

5. Galaxy Hut

2711 Wilson Blvd, Arlington, VA 22201

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2711 Wilson Blvd
Arlington, VA 22201

6. Greatest American Hot Dogs

7206 Muncaster Mill Rd, Derwood, MD 20855

[Photo: Official]

7206 Muncaster Mill Rd
Derwood, MD 20855

7. Haute Dogs & Fries Restaurant

610 Montgomery St, Alexandria, VA 22314

[Photo: Facebook]

610 Montgomery St
Alexandria, VA 22314

8. Ivy and Coney

1523 7th St NW, Washington, D.C. 20001

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1523 7th St NW
Washington, D.C. 20001

9. Johnny's Half Shell

400 N Capitol St NW, Washington, D.C. 20001

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400 N Capitol St NW
Washington, D.C. 20001

10. Loeb's New York Deli

1712 I St NW, Washington, D.C. 20005

[Photo: Facebook]

1712 I St NW
Washington, D.C. 20005

11. Red Apron Butchery

709 D St NW, Washington, D.C. 20004

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709 D St NW
Washington, D.C. 20004

12. Shake Shack

800 F St NW, Washington, D.C. 20004

[Photo: Official]

800 F St NW
Washington, D.C. 20004

13. Swizzler Gourmet Hotdogs

Washington, D.C.

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