Sometimes, you just need a classic, all-American hotdog piled high with your favorite toppings. There’s an art to perfecting the chili dog, and few have truly mastered it. The following are 9 restaurants in Ohio that we think serve up some of the best chili dogs in the state.
1. Tony Packo's (Toledo)
For a truly epic chili dog, check out this iconic hotdog joint, with multiple locations in Toledo. A strange tradition of displaying autographed hotdog buns began here in 1972 when Jamie Farr of M*A*S*H signed a bun. While that bun is no longer in existence, today the cafe proudly showcases Styrofoam bun look-alikes signed by various celebrities, including five U.S. presidents.The original Tony Packo's is located at 1902 Front St., Toledo, OH 43605.
2. Old Fashion Hot Dogs (Cleveland)
This "historic hole in the wall hot dog delicacy" has served up some of the Cleveland area's best chili dogs since 1928. It is located at 4008 Lorain Ave., Cleveland, OH 44113.
3. O'Betty's Red Hot! (Athens)
Chili, goat cheese, avocado, bacon, coleslaw---anything goes on a hotdog here. O'Betty's Red Hot! is located at 15 W State St., Athens, OH 45701.
4. Hometown Hotdogs (Millersport)
"Ohio's best kept secret for hot dogs, hamburgers, fresh fries and more" has served up some tasty chili dogs since 1998. Their signature West Virginia Dog with coleslaw is also a big crowd pleaser. Hometown Hotdogs is located at 12031 Lancaster St., Millersport, OH 43046.
5. Dog Daze Gourmet Hot Dogs (Canton)
For a variety of delicious chili dogs to choose from (and pierogis to pair them with), check out Dog Daze Gourmet Hot Dogs, located at 5808 Fulton Dr. NW, Canton, OH 44718.
6. Dirty Frank’s Hotdog Palace (Columbus)
Take your pick of all-beef, vegan and vegetarian dogs at this epic hotdog joint in Columbus. (Pictured is the Sriracha Dog and the Slappy Dog.) Dirty Frank's Hotdog Palace is located at 248 S 4th St., Columbus, OH 43215.
7. Wilson’s Sandwich Shop (Findlay)
This local favorite pairs its signature, crowd pleasing chili with its hotdogs to create a lunchtime delicacy. (The burgers, fries and chili by itself are highly recommended here as well.) Wilson's Sandwich Shop is located at 600 S Main St., Findlay, OH 45840.
8. Netty's (multiple locations)
At this Toledo area chain and ice cream parlor, the "famous chili dog" is just $1.90. Don't miss out on this northern Ohio treat.
9. Skyline Chili (multiple locations)
As far as I'm concerned, it's always Skyline Time. This Cincinnati area chain serves up some iconic coneys with signature cinnamon flavored chili and mountains upon mountains of shredded cheese.
Have you eaten a chili dog at any of these restaurants? Where is your favorite place in Ohio to get a delicious chili dog? Share your experiences with us in the comments below!