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 11 restaurants in Ohio that we think serve up some of the best chili dogs in the state.
1. Tony Packo's (Toledo)
For the best chili dog in Ohio, 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. Hot Dog Heaven (Amherst)
The possibilities are endless at this beloved, local hotdog joint. (For something a little different, try The Clevelander.) Hot Dog Heaven is located at 493 Cleveland Ave., Amherst, OH 44001.
7. 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 Westside Bestside Dog, Mac Attack, the CBJ, and Spicy Cauliflower Bites.) Dirty Frank's Hotdog Palace is located at 248 S 4th St., Columbus, OH 43215.
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. (Pictured is the Dorr Street location.)
9. The Root Beer Stand (Cincinnati)
Every spring and summer season, there's a Cincinnati, Ohio classic that thrives with long lines, delicious footlongs and famous root beer. This family-owned and operated joint has roots that date back to 1957, so the 50s vibe is alive and well. You'll find it at 11566 Reading Rd., Cincinnati, OH 45241.
10. The Hot Dog Shoppe (Warren)
Affordable, tasty and homey, this local hotdog joint is not to be missed when you're in Warren. Trust us on this one. You'll find it at 740 W Market St., Warren, OH 44481.
11. Skyline Chili (multiple locations)
As far as we're 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 been to any of these restaurants before? What other hotdog joints would you add to this list? Let us know!