Wassup Dog, East Perth
Ah, the age old saying. What better way to start your day than with a … hotdog? Well with Wassup Dog’s juicy breakfast menu, you’ll want to do just that. What started in 2013 as a hotdog stand in King Square Fremantle has now become an oasis of sausage-in-a-bun innovation. Wassup Dog make all of their hotdogs, chips and sauces in store to make sure you get the freshest, tastiest dogs in town. Open 7 days a week, their menu also has loads of vegan options available. My favourite: The Best, with lettuce, sausage, onion, capsicum & corn sautée, cheddar & homemade aioli.
Frankly My Dog, Hillarys
Inspired by hotdog flavours from across the globe, Frankly My Dog offers its diners the chance to ‘choose their own adventure’ – first stop: choose your sausage. Will it be knackwurst, weisswurst, cheese kransky, chorizo or vegan? Then pick from a range of tasty toppings including Dirty Slaw Dog (beef chilli con carne and coleslaw) or House Deposit (smashed chickpea and avo with mixed salad greens and crumbled feta). All are served in a warm banh mi bread roll.
Run Amuk, South Fremantle
In 2011, the creators of Run Amuk were sitting by a campfire making fancy hot dogs with ingredients found in their esky. From that moment, the ideas just kept on rolling to eventually become the restaurant in South Fremantle that is today. Unleash yourself and try one of their scrumptious concoctions such as the Spud, with premium bratwurst, potato salad, bacon, dijonnaise and crispy fried shallots, or the Mischief, with premium bratwurst, tasty tomato relish, freshly made guacamole, cheddar, baby spinach, tortilla chips, jalapenos & sour cream.
Alfred’s Kitchen, Guildford
Is there anything more iconic in Perth than sitting in front of the large glowing fire at Alfred’s Kitchen in Guildford, sipping on a cup of toasty pea and ham soup? Well yes, there is – because if you’re not eating their famous hot dog too then you’re not doing it right. Their renowned hot dog features a round bun with a sliced sausage, cheese and onion: simple, yet delicious. After all, they’ve been operating since 1946, so they’re obviously doing something right!
The Bratwurst Bar, Fremantle
If you’re after that authentic German sausage experience, then look no further than The Bratwurst Bar in Fremantle Markets. Serving up tasty bratwurst, kransky and currywurst, The Bratwurst Bar prides itself on making their products using local W.A. produce. They are also free from preservatives and artificial flavours and are gluten free. Fun fact: these sausages are cooked on possibly the world’s largest cast iron frying pan! All sausages are lovingly served in fresh bread rolls, which are baked daily, with sauerkraut & onions.
Now with five locations across the city, there is sure to be a Varsity near you. Which is lucky, because their loaded hotdogs are a meat lover’s dream. In true American style, their Varsity Cheese Steak dog is served with beef strips, onions, bell peppers and shaved provolone cheese. If pork is more your thing, why not try their Devil’s Piggy Back with pulled pork, tobacco onions, house cheese whip and hot smoky barbeque sauce. All hotdogs are served in a toasted brioche bun with a side of beer battered fries.
It would be un-Australian to not include the famous Bunnings Snag on the list of best hotdogs across Perth. Sometimes, less is more. The soft white bread, crispy fried onions and classic beef sausage, all lovingly smothered in mustard and tomato sauce has become a rite of passage for those visiting the hardware store on the weekends. Plus, your donation goes towards helping local Perth organisations. It’s a win win!
About the author:
Caitlyn Watts is currently based in Perth and writes on a freelance basis while completing her studies in Journalism and Professional Writing and Publishing. Her favourite topics to explore include local news, culture and food.
Cover photo of Frankly My Dog in Hillarys