There are plenty of spots to grab a delicious hot dog, brat, hot link, and more in the Greater Palm Springs area. Here are the nine best. 

Frankinbun

This Palm Springs joint was a locals favorite long before Guy Fieri filmed Diners, Drive-Ins, and Dives there. The menu is stacked with gourmet sausages – including bratwurst, kielbasa, jalapeno hot links, and more. You can get your dog served up on a bun or get a little crazy and order the Chicken and Waffle – which is two chicken apple sausages wrapped up in Belgian waffles and served with maple syrup.

Frankinbun, 540 S Indian Canyon Dr, Palm Springs, (760) 318-4841

Bobby’s Detroit Coney Island

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A family owned restaurant in La Quinta, Bobby’s brings “a taste of the Motorcity to the Desert” by serving Detroit-style all beef Coney Dogs imported from Detroit.  Their chili is delicious and you should have it on everything – whether it be a dog, burger, or breakfast omelette.

Bobby’s Detroit Coney Island, 79630 Highway 111, La Quinta, (760) 347-2200

Babe’s Bar-B-Que and Brewhouse

The Texas Tornado (Babe’s Bar-B-Que)

This spot at the River in Rancho Mirage has an extensive menu of barbecue items, steaks, and burgers – but they also have a couple of delicious sausage items: The Brewhouse Bratwurst (with grilled onion, applewood smoked bacon & Babe’s honey blonde ale rough mustard) and a Texas Tornado (a 1/3 pound jalapeno hot link, 4 ounces of sliced brisket, grilled onions, and spicy BBQ sauce served on a fresh French roll).  Bring an appetite or a friend to split them with, as these two menu items are huge.

Babe’s Bar-B-Que and Brewhouse, 71800 Highway 111, Rancho Mirage, (760) 346-8738

Tony’s Burger’s

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This Cathedral City burger hotspot also dishes out a bunch of really tasty hot dogs – including:

  • Coney Island Dog: Homemade All Meat Chili and Chopped Red Onions
  • Chicago Cubs Dog: Sweet Relish, Chopped Tomatoes, Chopped Onion, Yellow Hot Peppers, and Celery Salt on top
  • Tony’s Chihuahua Dog (Chopped Crispy Bacon, Homemade All Meat Chili, Cheddar Cheese, Chopped Tomatoes, Chopped Onion, and Sweet Relish on top)

Tony’s Burgers, 35903 Date Palm Drive, Cathedral City, (760) 832-7794

Burger Box

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Don’t judge a book by it’s cover, this Indio fave has a menu loaded with inexpensive and delicious burgers, pastrami sandwiches, “box o’ chicken” (!), and hot dogs.  Be sure to wash down your dog with a date shake.

Burger Box, 81201 Indio Blvd, Indio, (760) 342-6631

Grill-A-Burger

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Yet another tasty Coachella Valley eater featured on The Food Network’s “DDD,” you can find 15 great hot dog options on the menu – including the Bronx Dog (spicy mustard, grilled onion, sauerkrauk), Kansas City Reuben Dog (sauerkraut, Swiss cheese, Thousand Island dressing), Cincinnati Dog (mustard, all-meat chili and Cheddar cheese), and the Dog in Heat (diced red onion, jalapeno peppers, pepper jack cheese, spicy mustard).

Grill-A-Burger, 73091 Country Club Dr, Palm Desert, (760) 346-8170

George’s Bar and Grill

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This Cathedral City burger spot is not exactly known for their customer services – they do promise insults right there in the menu – but locals do rave about their burgers and their hot dog and chili dog, which you can wash down with a nice cold beer – so long as you “don’t poke the bear.”

George’s Bar and Grill, 68885 Ramon Road, Cathedral City, (760) 328-9991

Manhattan in the Desert

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The bakery / deli offers up stacked sandwiches, a big breakfast menu, and, of course, some huge hot dogs that can be topped with everything from chili to pastrami to Philly steak.

Manhattan in the Desert, 2665 E Palm Canyon Drive, Palm Springs, (760) 322-3354

The Lunch Box

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This place can be a little bit hard to find, but you will be glad once you do (4.5 out of 5 stars on Yelp is pretty darn good). Not only do they have salads, sandwiches, and daily specials – they also have a great, all beef Kosher dog on a steamed bun for under 3 bucks. You can get that bad boy topped off with some chili, cheese, and onion for only a couple bucks more.

Lunch Box, 74868 Joni Drive, Suite 1A (760) 610-1136

What’s your favorite spot for a hot dog in the desert?  Let’s discuss in the comments.

Related: The 10 best hamburger joints in Greater Palm Springs


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