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The Ultimate Guide to Hot Dogs and Sausages in Denver

There’s more to Denver than Rockie Dogs

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Summer is on the run and with it the classic season for enjoying that most All-American of delicacies, the humble hot dog. Except that description hardly applies in Denver, where gourmet dogs (and their sausage cousins) can be found topped with everything from chili con carne to pastrami to spaghetti not just when temperatures are warmest but all year long. Of course, this is also a city filled with Midwestern transplants that more than appreciate an old-fashioned Chicago-style dog—no ketchup please.

From chili dogs to brats and Chorizo to kiebalsa, these Mile High City hot dog heavens and sausage shangrilas can satisfy your wurst cravings and even the most esoteric of dog desires in any season. After all, this is a city that's always up for a good dog,

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Bohemian Biergarten

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This Czech- and German-influenced spot in Boulder offers specialty sausages like Jager Schnitzel and Currywurst. Bonus: There is karaoke on Wednesdays and dancing on the weekends.

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Kline's Beer Hall

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A popular addition to Arvada's growing food scene, this Easter European-inspired community tavern’s varied sausage offerings include a beer brat, a currywurst, and a veal brat.

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Billy's Gourmet Hot Dogs

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Stop by for a wide array of Vienna beef signature dog and specialty offerings like a Wagyu Kobe beef dog, as well as gourmet sausages such as the organic duck sausage topped with carmelized onions and remoulade. The hand-cut fries come skin-on and can be enjoyed topped with chili, cheese, garlic and more.

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Biker Jim's Gourmet Dogs

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What started as a street cart that earned a nod from Anthony Bourdain has evolved into a full-service restaurant where you can find signature picks like elk jalapeño cheddar and Alaskan reindeer (not to mention the iconic rattlesnake and pheasant dog). The classic topping is cream cheese and caramelized onions, but options like the Desert—harissa-roasted cactus, Malaysian curry jam scallions, cilantro, and onions—keep things interesting.

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Rhein Haus Denver

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Denver doesn't get any more German than this LoDo beer haus and bocce emporium, which offers a wide selection of sausages from currywurst to Cheddarwurst sausage sliders.

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Euclid Hall Bar & Kitchen

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This LoDo hot spot, brainchild of power chef Jennifer Jasinski and partner Beth Gruitch, has not only a great selection of beer but also the sausages to match it, including beef kiebalsa, pork cheddarwurst, and boudin blanc (a white sausage made of pork without the blood). Sample one of each of the four sausages on the menu by ordering the Sausage Party ($21).

Steve's Snappin' Dogs

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Every dog seemingly has its day at this colorful Colfax, where the options range from classic Chicago-style and Jersey dogs (a hot dog topped with bacon, spicy mustard, red onion, relish and sauerkraut) to the modern creation that is the Mex-Si: a bacon-wrapped and deep-fried dog topped with lettuce, tomato, jalapeño, sour cream, cheese, and salsa. There’s even a Denver dog, which features bacon, chili con carne, and jalepenos and is served on a tortilla. Bonus: When you’re traveling through DIA, check out the Steve’s Snappin’ Dogs outpost at Concourse B near Gate 24.

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Chicago Style Beef & Dogs

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If you’re looking for a true taste of Chicago, then this is the spot for you. In addition to the quintessential Chicago dog on the menu, there is also a good selection of other Windy City fare including Italian beef sandwiches, Polish sausages, and meatball sandwiches.

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Mile High Vienna Stand

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Though the LoDo and Baker locations have closed their doors, this classic hot dog stand on Santa Fe is still going continues to showcase and celebrate the culinary influence of the Second City. Order a Chicago dog, fries and drink for $7 or spice things up with The Santa Fe Spicy, a polish dog topped with giardiniera, spicy mustard, grilled onions, and sport peppers.

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Mustard's Last Stand II

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The menu is straightforward at this classic spot near DU, which is itself the Denver spinoff of the original that opened in Boulder over 30 years ago. Whether you’re looking for Chicago-style or a chili dog, this casual stand has something for everyone. Don’t forget to order a cup of cheese sauce with your fries.

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Harley’s : A Hot Dog Revolution

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The hot dogs served at Harley’s could also feasibly function as paper weights, given the degree to which they are stuffed full of toppings that range from the typical (Chicago-style) to anything but (there’s a chorizo dog topped with homemade guacamole and an Italian sausage topped with spaghetti). Then there’s the Toga Dog, which consists of a mix of lamb and beef with gyro seasonings on top of a Kobe beef dog.

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Dog Haus

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The Dog Haus will satisfy your "absolute wurst" hot dog or sausage craving. Hot dogs can be ordered wrapped in smoked bacon and topped with caramelized onions. Or try a savory pig and fig sausage; a sausage stuffed with emmentaler and topped with fig and onion relish, wild arugula, whole grain mustard, and sliced almonds.

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Bohemian Biergarten

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This Czech- and German-influenced spot in Boulder offers specialty sausages like Jager Schnitzel and Currywurst. Bonus: There is karaoke on Wednesdays and dancing on the weekends.

Official Website

Kline's Beer Hall

Adam Larkey

A popular addition to Arvada's growing food scene, this Easter European-inspired community tavern’s varied sausage offerings include a beer brat, a currywurst, and a veal brat.

Adam Larkey

Billy's Gourmet Hot Dogs

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Stop by for a wide array of Vienna beef signature dog and specialty offerings like a Wagyu Kobe beef dog, as well as gourmet sausages such as the organic duck sausage topped with carmelized onions and remoulade. The hand-cut fries come skin-on and can be enjoyed topped with chili, cheese, garlic and more.

Facebook

Biker Jim's Gourmet Dogs

Adam Larkey

What started as a street cart that earned a nod from Anthony Bourdain has evolved into a full-service restaurant where you can find signature picks like elk jalapeño cheddar and Alaskan reindeer (not to mention the iconic rattlesnake and pheasant dog). The classic topping is cream cheese and caramelized onions, but options like the Desert—harissa-roasted cactus, Malaysian curry jam scallions, cilantro, and onions—keep things interesting.

Adam Larkey

Rhein Haus Denver

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Denver doesn't get any more German than this LoDo beer haus and bocce emporium, which offers a wide selection of sausages from currywurst to Cheddarwurst sausage sliders.

Facebook

Euclid Hall Bar & Kitchen

This LoDo hot spot, brainchild of power chef Jennifer Jasinski and partner Beth Gruitch, has not only a great selection of beer but also the sausages to match it, including beef kiebalsa, pork cheddarwurst, and boudin blanc (a white sausage made of pork without the blood). Sample one of each of the four sausages on the menu by ordering the Sausage Party ($21).

Steve's Snappin' Dogs

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Every dog seemingly has its day at this colorful Colfax, where the options range from classic Chicago-style and Jersey dogs (a hot dog topped with bacon, spicy mustard, red onion, relish and sauerkraut) to the modern creation that is the Mex-Si: a bacon-wrapped and deep-fried dog topped with lettuce, tomato, jalapeño, sour cream, cheese, and salsa. There’s even a Denver dog, which features bacon, chili con carne, and jalepenos and is served on a tortilla. Bonus: When you’re traveling through DIA, check out the Steve’s Snappin’ Dogs outpost at Concourse B near Gate 24.

Facebook

Chicago Style Beef & Dogs

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If you’re looking for a true taste of Chicago, then this is the spot for you. In addition to the quintessential Chicago dog on the menu, there is also a good selection of other Windy City fare including Italian beef sandwiches, Polish sausages, and meatball sandwiches.

Yelp

Mile High Vienna Stand

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Though the LoDo and Baker locations have closed their doors, this classic hot dog stand on Santa Fe is still going continues to showcase and celebrate the culinary influence of the Second City. Order a Chicago dog, fries and drink for $7 or spice things up with The Santa Fe Spicy, a polish dog topped with giardiniera, spicy mustard, grilled onions, and sport peppers.

Baker Now

Mustard's Last Stand II

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The menu is straightforward at this classic spot near DU, which is itself the Denver spinoff of the original that opened in Boulder over 30 years ago. Whether you’re looking for Chicago-style or a chili dog, this casual stand has something for everyone. Don’t forget to order a cup of cheese sauce with your fries.

Facebook

Harley’s : A Hot Dog Revolution

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The hot dogs served at Harley’s could also feasibly function as paper weights, given the degree to which they are stuffed full of toppings that range from the typical (Chicago-style) to anything but (there’s a chorizo dog topped with homemade guacamole and an Italian sausage topped with spaghetti). Then there’s the Toga Dog, which consists of a mix of lamb and beef with gyro seasonings on top of a Kobe beef dog.

Facebook

Dog Haus

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The Dog Haus will satisfy your "absolute wurst" hot dog or sausage craving. Hot dogs can be ordered wrapped in smoked bacon and topped with caramelized onions. Or try a savory pig and fig sausage; a sausage stuffed with emmentaler and topped with fig and onion relish, wild arugula, whole grain mustard, and sliced almonds.

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