Not all hot dogs are created equally, especially when it comes to vegetarian dogs. Made with no meat products, these veggie dogs have come a long way in recent years. Gone are the days when the taste of vegetarian foods would be dry and flavorless. Today, the vegetarian selections are filled with healthy ingredients like soy, protein and fresh vegetables. Here are some of the city’s best places to go for a delicious tasting vegetarian hot dog.
108 Brighton Ave.
Allston, MA 02134
It’s not exactly where you might think you would actually find a vegetarian hot dog, but Spike’s Junkyard Dogs does it well. Here, they serve fat free veggie dogs that can be finished off with any topping of your choosing. Select from sauteed onions, American cheese, pickles and barbecue sauce to traditional toppings like ketchup, mustard and relish. This hot dog is served on the super soft baked hot dog roll that Spike’s is so well known for.
60 Washington St.
Salem, MA 01970
Venture just north of the city to Salem to Boston Hot Dog Company for a tasty selection of veggie dogs. Here, you can choose from four different flavors (smoked apple and sage, Mexican chipotle, kielbasa and sweet Italian). Each is served on a hot grilled buttery roll and can be topped with everything from baked beans and cheese sauce to celery salt and fresh diced tomatoes. Even better, the dogs here can be steamed or grilled.
476 Commonwealth Ave.
Boston, MA 02115
If you’re located near Fenway Park, you have to have a great selection of hot dogs on the menu, and The Lower Depths Tap Room has just that. This Kenmore Square pub serves up one of the city’s biggest selections of dogs. The veggie dog here is served on a warm buttered New England style (split down the middle) bun. Top it all off with any creative topping from habanero aioli, pickled jalapenos to guacamole, “mackin cheese” or even peanut butter. Pair it up with a local microbrew or one of their more than 150 beers on tap.
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One Kendall Square
355 Binney St.
Cambridge, MA 02139
You might not expect to find great veggie options at a local cinema, but the Kendall Square Cinema has set out to change your thinking. At this Cambridge cinema, you can find a tasty veggie dog served at the concession stand. Order it up with a side of sweet potato tots to go along with your indie movie. The cinema will even validate your parking, making it well worth the visit.
7 Sanborn Court
Somerville, MA 02143
Backbar in Union Square knows good veggie dogs. They offer one of the city’s most flavorful — a carrot miso hot dog. Picture a roasted carrot glazed with a sweet miso sauce and topped with kimchee mayo. It does’t get much better than this!
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Kellie Speed is a Boston writer with more than 25 years of experience writing for local and national publications, including JustLuxe, Haute Living, The Boston Globe, Mohegan Sun’s Legends and Amtrak’s Arrive. She is the Boston restaurant writer for Gayot’s travel site and contributed to Moon Metro’s Boston guidebook, as well.