Slovenian Sausage Hot Dog @ Dat Dog
The slightly wacky, imaginative hot dog stand on Freret Street has done more to raise the reputation of the frankfurter than any other restaurant in New Orleans history. All the various sausages available are good, but this one–made with chunks of pork and a enough smoked and hot paprika to make it red)–is a thriller. They grill it until the skin gets black patches here and there. Any garnish you can imagine is available. Even the bun is in a class by itself.
Dat Dog. Uptown: 5030 Freret St. 504-899-6883.
Uptown: 3336 Magazine St. 504-894-8885. This is among the 500 best dishes in New Orleans area restaurants. Click here for a list of the other 499.