Where to eat the top classics, upscale, and mini-dogs in the Berkshires.
This is a next level roadside shack from CIA (Culinary Institute of America) grads Nick and Birdie. The wonderful thing about them is that they offer two different hot dog choices: one is a grilled classic Hebrew National all-beef hot dog on a bun and the other is a local, no nitrate Farm Frank made by Whippoorwill Farm. Sit at a picnic table, play a game of corn hole, and munch on a hot dog or two.
Pro Tip: “This is a real gem and locals love this spot, so come early to claim a picnic table.” (Bartender Jane Burns)
Open seasonally spring, summer, and fall
937 South Main Street (Route 7), Great Barrington, MA 01230
Hot Dog Ranch
If you’ve never heard of baby hot dogs, it’s time to expand your horizons. The HD Ranch excels in this arena and offers a weekday lunch special of four hot dogs and a soda for $3. Go ahead, splurge and get that beer for $1 extra. Sommelier Dan Thomas comes for the dogs, tater tots, and a coldie, “I don’t think there are any windows so you can go at any time of the day and feel secluded.” If you’re on the run, they also do take-out orders.
Pro Tip: “If you are hungover, this is a good place for some cheesy tots.” (Sommelier Dan Thomas)
114 West Housatonic Street, Pittsfield, MA 01201
Teo’s Hot Dogs
It’s like walking into a Starsky & Hutch episode at this throwback 1970s tavern with faux wood paneling on the walls and swivel bar stools. But people aren’t here because it’s a bar, they come for the mini-dogs with all the fixins’ and a frosty mug of beer. If you really get into the scene, it stays open until midnight.
Pro Tip: “Order the dogs with everything.” (Chef Bjorn Somlo)
1410 East Street, Pittsfield, MA 01201
Jack’s Hot Dog Stand
They opened in 1917 and we’re guessing the menu hasn’t changed much since. You’ll find hot dogs, burgers, French fries, onion rings, and jalapeño tater tots. On the dog front, choose between a hot dog, cheese dog, chili dog, chili cheese dog as well as all the usual toppings.
Pro Tip: “It’s an old school spot with a 10-seat bar. The food is delicious.” (Chef Nick Moulton)
Pro Tip: “It's the real deal of a blue collar hot dog and hamburger hole-in-the-wall kind of joint.” (Chef Sandy Smith)
12 Eagle Street, North Adams, MA 01247
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