ROC City Guide: Where to get a Hot Dog

Unofficially, summer starts Memorial Day weekend. The kids are finishing up school, the weather is noticeably nicer, and people look to June, July and August for vacationing, campouts, and relaxing. Not to even mention that this year we're in for a delightfully HOT summer here in the northeast.

But above all, we know the most important thing you want to find out is where to get an amazing hot dog in the city. So here goes...

Dave's Sidewalk Cafe & Catering

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NEIGHBORHOOD:
Washington Square Park Neighborhood, also offers catering and events

WHY YOU NEED TO TRY:
Since owners Dave and Sue have been doing this for nearly 30 years, you know it's just a walk in the park for them...and damn good. 

dogTown

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NEIGHBORHOOD:
Monroe Village - you know, that section of Monroe Avenue that includes an eclectic mix of restaurants, bars, and shops

WHY YOU NEED TO TRY:
They have 18 varieties (Mongrel, Pit Bull, Greek Stray, etc.) + Martusciello's local bread = one great dog all wrapped up for you. See the menu here

Donna Daddy's

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NEIGHBORHOOD:
NOTA - Intersection of College Ave and Goodman Street across from Village Gate

WHY YOU NEED TO TRY:
Owner Donna Wert has been at this for some 15+ years, and you can say she knows a thing or two about making a good dog and burger. With her own homemade Greek hot sauce to smother any meal and prices that range from $3-$6, it's no wonder that local software development firm OS-Cubed has a 24/7 webcam watching to check for her availability.

Frontier Field

NEIGHBORHOOD:
Brown Square/ High Falls area

WHY YOU NEED TO TRY:
Everyone knows that baseball and hot dogs just go together. And because you can get tickets as cheap as $8, a meal and a game could be less than $15...how many cities can say they offer a deal like that? 

James' Hots

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NEIGHBORHOOD:
Center City - near the intersection of Church Street and State Street

WHY YOU NEED TO TRY:
James' hook on the street is - Dollar Dogs. With a menu that is simple, inexpensive, and straightforward, not much stands in your way from having those Rochester favorite Zweigles hots and some French's mustard…doesn't get any more ROC-local than that!

Monster Hots

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NEIGHBORHOOD:
Center City - intersection of East and Chestnut

WHY YOU NEED TO TRY:
Steve Plum and his Monster Hots cart has a huge following, always has a smile on his face, takes pride in the cleanliness of his cart, serves everything from grilled cheese to cajun chicken sandwiches, accepts credit and debit cards, and - even makes his own spices. 

What, we missed something? Let us know what it is, send us a photo if possible (and who to credit) and we'll add it to this list...thanks!