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When you think of hot dogs, you usually channel the backyard patio or the home kitchen where family and friends gather for a good time. It is a fun and relaxed atmosphere and that is also an option for those who are vegetarians. These top hot dog joints also offer a fabulous vegetarian alternative. Here are where you can get your hands on the best vegetarian hot dogs in Orange County.
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Linx Dogs
238 W. Chapman Ave.
Orange, CA 92866
(714) 744-3647
linxdogs.com

Taking the ordinary and making it the extraordinary is the challenge for Linx, as this hot dog joint does its best to source its ingredients locally in a sustainable and humane way. You will find much of the organic and seasonal produce on the menu. Although they are known for their franks that are steamed in beer and grilled to perfection, this restaurant also carries vegan and kosher alternatives as “haute artisan dogs.”

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Crocker’s The Well Dressed Franks
211 Marine Ave. Suite A
Balboa Island, CA 92662
(949) 572-9293
facebook.com/CrockersFranks

The Chicago style hot dog eatery is known by locals for two things: family and delicious hot dogs. Newport Beach’s first fire chief, Frank Crocker, is the inspiration to the eatery and it has been a family-owned business since its inception. The menu is filled with amazing flavors and family tradition and whatever type of hot dog you wish to eat, you can request. What comes with this hot dog restaurant is more than flavor, it is the history and tradition behind the neighborhood.

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Wursthaus
305 E. 4th St., Suite 106
Santa Ana, CA 92705
(714) 760-4333
wursthausdtsa.com

The European-inspired German beer hall is a location filled with culture, history, art and now Wursthaus. The restaurant pride is “created by friends, for friends.” The menu is simple with its hand-made sausages and 20 draft German and Belgian beers. This newer location has some of the best combinations of food and beer and is open until 4:00 a.m. for those who are looking for the after party following a night out in Orange County. For those who are vegan lovers, there are options including the smoked apple & sage, Mexican chipotle and Italian. One should not miss the drunken fries, which are Belgian fries topped with haus andalouse suace and IPA caramelized onions.

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(credit: Anna P./Yelp)


Jerry’s Wood Fired Dogs
2276 E 17th St.
Santa Ana, CA 92705
(714) 245-0200
jerrysdogs.com

Jerry is a real man with the dream of creating wood-fired hot dogs in Southern California. It is safe to say the Cleveland native made that dream come true in 2003 when he opened Jerry’s Dogs in locations all over Southern California. He has introduced the region to more than 30 favorite dogs with some of the most unique ingredients. What also sets him apart from others is his creation of the vegetarian menu that include the veggie dog, veggie burger and salads.

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Dogzilla
16221 Construction Circle
Irvine, CA 92604
(714) 805-8857
dogzillahotdogs.com

“Not your typical wiener,” sticks true to this Orange County local food truck. Taking the American staple, the hot dog, and combining adventurous flavors is what Dogzilla represents. With toasty Hawaiian roll buns and ingredients like yakisoba noodles and furikake seasoning, they bring a new experience to the hot dog. What is great about this traveling food truck is their option to turn any dog into a veggie dog with their soy based link that even meat lovers can enjoy. Make sure to check out the website, Twitter or Facebook to find out where the food truck will be next!

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Elle Toussi is a freelance journalist covering all things Southern California. She has traveled to the Middle East in 2013 and 2014 covering the Syrian refugee situation in Jordan. That experience inspired her to become the founder of InOneMinute.org which uses the power of mobile technology and philanthropy to meet specific needs of women around the world. Her previous work can also be found on Examiner.com and AXS.com.