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Sausage Fest: The 13 Hottest Dogs in San Francisco

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Just admit it, San Francisco: you've got weiners on the mind. Hot dogs and sausages are a summertime staple, and the city offers everything from German bratwurst to artisan sausages to classic dogs complete with yellow mustard squiggles. Topped with sauerkraut, drenched in ketchup, smothered in onions, or covered with relish, sausages are the unsung heroes of the season. Although we can't decide which dog is the hottest, here are our picks for best sausages and hot dogs the city over.


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Zog's Dogs

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If it's dogs you want, Zog's has an impressive selection, from jumbo all-beef classics to bacon-wrapped veggie dogs (that'd be the "Moral Conundrum") to corn dogs to an array of gourmet sausages like kielbasa and calabrese. And don't forget: every dog is available deep fried upon request.

4505 Meats

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4505 is meat mecca, and their rotating selection of fresh housemade sausages delivers transcendent bites of brisket, linguica, lamb merguez and bacon-studded dogs. Look out for the infamous Zilla dog topped with chicharrones and kimchi.

Rosamunde Sausage Grill

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The Lower Haight location may be the original, but the Mission outpost has seating and plenty of beer to wash down the extensive sausage selection. Get the all-beef knockwurst for a classic taste, or opt for something a bit more adventurous, like the duck and figs, spicy beer sausage or wild boar.

Leopold's

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Look for the house-made sausage with sauerkraut and butter-caraway potatoes at this Bavarian standby, where the beer flows freely and there's plenty of meat and starch to go around.

Lucky Dogs

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This dog house sports more than a dozen variations on the Lucky Dog, from the Stoner Dog topped with chili, melted cheese & fritos to the Tokyo Teaser topped with japanese mayo, teriyaki sauce & seaweed (and everything in between).

Schmidt's

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For a selection of sausages in a laid back space, Schmidt's has the answer. Choose from kielbasa, bratwurst, smoked wild boar, fresh duck, berliner currywurst, knackwurst, blood sausage and more, and enjoy with sweet and hot mustard, house made braised sauerkraut and potato salad.

Underdog

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This all-organic weiner spot has about 20 different dogs on offer, from the grass-fed local Let's Be Frank to the roasted garlic pork sausage, spinach feta sausage, fire-roasted pepper sausage and variety of vegan dogs. Pair with Underdog's Potater-Tots and you'll feel like top dog.

Pig and Pie

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Bratwurst, hot italian, and all-beef housemade sausages can be topped with grilled onion, sauerkraut or charred peppers at Pig and Pie, but look out for their sausage specials too (like chicken Meyer lemon sausage with chili braised fennel and onions).

Magnolia Gastropub & Brewery

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This brewhaus not only offers excellent beer, it also boasts four hearty house sausages, plus special like corn dogs and this week's chilli dog. Choose from chicken habanero with charred tomatillo salsa, lamb crepinette with smoked eggplant, smoked pork and cheddar with hash browns, or linguisa with gigante beans.

Walzwerk

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Come for the grilled Thüringer bratwurst with mashed potatoes and sauerkraut, stay for the comfortable vibe, Eastern Bloc kitsch and, of course, brewskis aplenty.

Show Dogs

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This mid-Market dog stop has a sausage lineup to fit all tastes, from polish dogs and chicken curry sausages to merguez and all-beef. Don't forget to pick up some onion rings while you're at it.

Suppenküche

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German spots reign supreme when it comes to sit-down sausage fests, and Suppenküche has a classic grilled pork bratwurst with sauerkraut and mashed potatoes to satisfy even the hungriest sausage-lover.

What's Up Dog

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This spot has four locations in the city, but the Beale Street space has a peaceful outdoor seating area to recommend it. With a dozen sausages for every palate and everything from louisiana hot link to linguica and lemon chicken, what's up here is some solid dogs.

Zog's Dogs

If it's dogs you want, Zog's has an impressive selection, from jumbo all-beef classics to bacon-wrapped veggie dogs (that'd be the "Moral Conundrum") to corn dogs to an array of gourmet sausages like kielbasa and calabrese. And don't forget: every dog is available deep fried upon request.

4505 Meats

4505 is meat mecca, and their rotating selection of fresh housemade sausages delivers transcendent bites of brisket, linguica, lamb merguez and bacon-studded dogs. Look out for the infamous Zilla dog topped with chicharrones and kimchi.

Rosamunde Sausage Grill

The Lower Haight location may be the original, but the Mission outpost has seating and plenty of beer to wash down the extensive sausage selection. Get the all-beef knockwurst for a classic taste, or opt for something a bit more adventurous, like the duck and figs, spicy beer sausage or wild boar.

Leopold's

Look for the house-made sausage with sauerkraut and butter-caraway potatoes at this Bavarian standby, where the beer flows freely and there's plenty of meat and starch to go around.

Lucky Dogs

This dog house sports more than a dozen variations on the Lucky Dog, from the Stoner Dog topped with chili, melted cheese & fritos to the Tokyo Teaser topped with japanese mayo, teriyaki sauce & seaweed (and everything in between).

Schmidt's

For a selection of sausages in a laid back space, Schmidt's has the answer. Choose from kielbasa, bratwurst, smoked wild boar, fresh duck, berliner currywurst, knackwurst, blood sausage and more, and enjoy with sweet and hot mustard, house made braised sauerkraut and potato salad.

Underdog

This all-organic weiner spot has about 20 different dogs on offer, from the grass-fed local Let's Be Frank to the roasted garlic pork sausage, spinach feta sausage, fire-roasted pepper sausage and variety of vegan dogs. Pair with Underdog's Potater-Tots and you'll feel like top dog.

Pig and Pie

Bratwurst, hot italian, and all-beef housemade sausages can be topped with grilled onion, sauerkraut or charred peppers at Pig and Pie, but look out for their sausage specials too (like chicken Meyer lemon sausage with chili braised fennel and onions).

Magnolia Gastropub & Brewery

This brewhaus not only offers excellent beer, it also boasts four hearty house sausages, plus special like corn dogs and this week's chilli dog. Choose from chicken habanero with charred tomatillo salsa, lamb crepinette with smoked eggplant, smoked pork and cheddar with hash browns, or linguisa with gigante beans.

Walzwerk

Come for the grilled Thüringer bratwurst with mashed potatoes and sauerkraut, stay for the comfortable vibe, Eastern Bloc kitsch and, of course, brewskis aplenty.

Show Dogs

This mid-Market dog stop has a sausage lineup to fit all tastes, from polish dogs and chicken curry sausages to merguez and all-beef. Don't forget to pick up some onion rings while you're at it.

Suppenküche

German spots reign supreme when it comes to sit-down sausage fests, and Suppenküche has a classic grilled pork bratwurst with sauerkraut and mashed potatoes to satisfy even the hungriest sausage-lover.

What's Up Dog

This spot has four locations in the city, but the Beale Street space has a peaceful outdoor seating area to recommend it. With a dozen sausages for every palate and everything from louisiana hot link to linguica and lemon chicken, what's up here is some solid dogs.

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