Gourmet Hot Dog Recipe: Golden Gate Dog

Updated on February 20, 2020
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Tom Lohr has eaten a hot dog at all 30 MLB ballparks and is the author of "Gone to the Dogs: In Search of the Best Ballpark Hot Dog."

Sometimes it is fun to have a hot dog that epitomizes a region. That is the idea behind the Golden Gate Dog. It embodies the sights and flavors of San Francisco, and it's a heck of a lot cheaper than actually having a meal there.

Instead of a hot dog bun, use a sourdough baguette. Sourdough bread is a hallmark of San Francisco cuisine. Each baguette should make three buns.

The garlic fries are a recent West Coast invention that started in 'Frisco. They have quickly become a ballpark favorite and one of the region's most popular comfort foods. It helps that the world renown Garlic Festival is in nearby Gilroy.

The French have little to do with San Francisco, and neither does French dressing. But you know what is nearly the exact color of the dressing? The Golden Gate Bridge, the most iconic symbol associated with San Francisco. Plus, it taste pretty darn good on top of this dog.

Visit San Francisco without leaving your dining room!

The Golden Gate Dog
The Golden Gate Dog | Source

Cook Time

Prep time: 45 min
Cook time: 15 min
Ready in: 1 hour
Yields: Six Golden Gate Dogs

Any brand of frozen fries will do, but for an authentic feel, use regular fries. Crinkle fries are not as aesthetically pleasing and steak fries are too big for the bun.

We prefer Hebrew National brand franks, but any high quality, all-beef frank will do.


  • 2 sourdough baguettes, the kind you warm in the oven
  • 6 all-beef hot dog franks
  • 1 bag frozen french fries
  • 1 package sea salt
  • 6 cloves garlic
  • 2 cups french dressing
Prep for the Golden Gate Dog
Prep for the Golden Gate Dog | Source


  1. Preheat oven and place on cook to serve sourdough baguettes in when oven is ready.
  2. Cook the entire bag of frozen fries per instructions.
  3. While bread and fries are cooking, finely chop the garlic.
  4. As soon as the fries and bread are done, begin cooking the hot dogs in a skillet over medium heat, rolling frequently for even cooking.
  5. Fill a large bowl half full with the fries. Add garlic and salt to taste. This may have to be done two or three times depending on the size of bowl you have available.
  6. Cut the ends off of each baguette. Then cut into thirds and slice down the middle 3/4 of the way to the bottom.
  7. Place a frank in each bun. Add garlic fries (as many as the bun will hold) and top with french dressing.
Nutrition Facts
Serving size: 1
Calories 643
Calories from Fat342
% Daily Value *
Fat 38 g58%
Carbohydrates 63 g21%
Sugar 8 g
Protein 12 g24%
Sodium 2073 mg86%
* The Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet, so your values may change depending on your calorie needs. The values here may not be 100% accurate because the recipes have not been professionally evaluated nor have they been evaluated by the U.S. FDA.


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