Here we are in the dog days of summer. We are busier than ever, running around trying to squeeze as much summer fun in as possible. Who has time to cook? So  in celebration of National Chili Dog Day, we are here to celebrate a classic American delight. You can thank me later for sharing the 13 best spots to grab a chili dog in Massachusetts.

From the North Shore, to the South Shore, downtown to metro west, we love our dogs!  Some of these suggestions are full restaurants, with bars that serve chili dogs. And some are classic hot dog stands. Trust me, you will be salivated for a flavorful, savory serving of chili on a dog in no time at all. Even in a heatwave, a chili dog is the perfect food because it’s so filling. That beautiful dog, nestled neatly in a bun and topped with a sloppy serving of chili, is a meal!

The 13 best spots to grab a chili dog in Massachusetts shows you where to go, what to order and links to their websites, in most cases. Some of these places are just stands and don’t bother with fancy websites or social media. Grab a napkin and get ready to dive into deliciousness. Take a look at some of the best chili dog spots in the state. You’ll find them here, in no particular order.

  • 1. All Souls Lounge in Salem

    282 Derby St. Salem 

    This place looks wicked cool. And serving chili dogs makes them even cooler. The chili dogs are classics, made with beef chili, onions and cheddar jack cheese.

    All Souls Lounge

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  • 2. Simcos in Mattapan and Roslindale

    1509 Blue Hill Ave. Mattapan

    679 Canterbury St. Roslindale

    When a popular restaurant is described as “unfussy,” you know it’s all about the food. Simcos has been around since the Great Depression(the original Mattapan location)and is a Boston mainstay. It’s not a restaurant but more of a stand. It’s also famous for it’s late night bites after a ball game or the bar,


    Simco's - 679 Canterbury St, Roslindale, MA 02131


  • 3. Sullivan's Castle Island in Boston and Hanover

    2080 Day Blvd. South Boston

    1775 Washington St. Suite 410 Hanover

    The original Sullivan’s at Castle Island in Southie has been dishing out dogs every season since 1951. The snack shack recently expanded it’s brand, opening a full restaurant in Hanover, at Hanover Crossing. (They also have a concession at Hub Hall). Their chili dog is made with a Kayem all natural hot dog, it’s grilled and served on a toasted hot dog roll. Topped with chili and cheddar cheese and it’s a bargain, at under $6.

    Sullivan's Castle Island | Classic American Fare in Massachusetts

    Sullivan's Castle Island has been a Boston landmark offering quality food at reasonable prices for four generations.


  • 4. Ethel and Andy's in South Boston

    134 K St. South Boston 

    Ethel and Andy’s is a classic American sandwich shop. It’s family owned and operated for over 50 years. You won’t find canned or frozen chili warmed up to put on your chili dog here. Their chili is homemade, like pretty much everything else.

    Ethel & Andy's

    Ethel & Andy's Sandwich Shop is a family owned and operated southie staple offering breakfast and lunch. We take pride in our made from scratch soups, chili, baked goods and more! Call ahead for pickup or find us on uber eats, doordash, and grubhub.

  • 5. Hot Doogy in Natick

    1300 D Worcester St. Natick (Sherwood Plaza)

    Eat in, take out. Options are good, and there are plenty to be found in Hot Doogy. The Chili Doogy is an all-beef grilled dog with housemade chili , Diced Onions, Shredded Cheddar and Jalapeños. Yes, please.

  • The Scotty Dog in Beverly

    437 Rantoul St. Beverly

    The Scotty Dog sure looks like the real deal. It’s an old-school style, side of the road, hot dog stand. They earned 4.5 stars on Trip Advisor and fans rave about the Chicago style hot dogs. I had to look up exactly what that was. Apparently, Chicago style dogs are made with 100 percent authentic, Vienna-beef hot dog. That’s what you’ll find here.

    National Hot Dog Day!!!!Also National Hot Dog monthThe Scotty Dog. 437 Rantoul St Beverly Open today July 19th 11---8, last order 7:45Be safe, See you soon & God Bless Thank you for your business

    Posted by The Scotty Dog on Wednesday, July 19, 2023
  • 7. Tasty Burger -Boston and Cambridge

    3 Boston locations and 2 in Cambridge:

    Find the addresses HERE

    These Tasty Burger joints keep popping up all over. They must be doing something right. And yes, they are doing dogs! Chili Dogs too. Chili Cheese dogs, to be exact.

    Tasty Burger

    Tasty Burger | Boston takeout delivery online order pickup burgers cheap eats Fenway Back Bay Harvard Square Downtown North Station Beacon Hill Charlestown near me

  • 8. Wahlburgers- everywhere

    A Boston original, just like the Walhburg family. But the business is now all over the country, Find Massachusetts locations HERE. Wahlburgers is right around the corner, in Dorchester, at Logan Airport, in Springfield, Lynnfield, Hingham and by Fenway Park in Boston. Get your all-beef Pearl hot dog and slather it with “Mom’s Favorite” housemade chili. You are good to go.

    Homepage - Wahlburgers

    Official Site for the Wahlburgers Burger Restaurant " Want a burger restaurant in Boston? Come in to Wahlburgers for gourmet burgers, drinks and fun!

  • 9. Lee's Burger in Brookline and Newton

    1331 Beacon St. Brookline

    216 Sumner St. Newton 

    Sure “burger” is in the name, but you can bet your buns they have hot dogs. And reviews are great for Lee’s Burger. Give the chili dog a spin next time your are in Coolidge Corner in Brookline or in Newton Centre.

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  • 10. Tessie's Bar and Kitchen in Walpole and Waltham

    1006 Main St. Walpole

    841 Main St. Waltham

    The Harry Dog at Tessie’s Bar and Kitchen starts with an all-beef frank, of course. Nestle it in a potato bun, add ketchup, mustard, relish and onions and voila! But wait, where’s the chili. Just add it. Add mac and cheese on top too, if you want. That’s a loaded dog!

  • 11. Boston Hot Dog Company in Salem

    60 Washington St. Salem 

    The Boston Hot Dog Company has so many interesting dog offerings. But we are talking classic chili dogs here, so grab a Carnival Dog. It’s made with house made beef chili with beer cheese. Check out all the toppings you can add on too, and create your own chili dog masterpiece.

    Boston Hot Dog Company | Boston Massachusetts

    The original gourmet hot dog. You've never had a hot dog quite like a this! All nautural. No fillers. Made with 100% beef.

  • 12. Maggie and Milo's in South Natick

    The quaint hot dog and ice cream shop, Maggie and Milo’s, is fairly new to Natick. It opened back in May and features dogs of all kinds. They have homemade turkey or veggie chili to top your dog. In addition to their all-beef dogs, plant based dogs and gluten-free buns are also available. How cute is this place?

  • 13. George's Coney Island

    158 Southbridge St, Worcester

    Thanks to listener Jillian for this recommendation. George’s Coney Island looks AMAZING. For over 100 years, this popular spot has been dishing out delicious dogs.  This place has such a vibe, with an old school juke box, throwback wooden booths and the original neon sign. Their dogs are super reasonable, starting at just $2.57! You can add chili of course, or any of the many other toppings. 

    George's Coney Island Hot Dogs - Worcester, MA

    For over 100 years, Coney Island has been serving up delicious hot dogs to the Worcester community. From our old fashioned juke box to our historic wooden booths, it's a place you have to experience in person.


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