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Gourmet Hot Dog Recipe: Golden Gate Dog

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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.

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The Golden Gate Dog

The Golden Gate Dog

Cook Time

Prep timeCook timeReady inYields

45 min

15 min

1 hour

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


  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.

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