Daddy’s Hot Dogs in San Diego

Daddy’s Hot Dogs in San Diego is pure bliss.  We’re talking New York Style hot dogs made to order and infused with flavors galore that you won’t find elsewhere.  They are located right in the heart of Hillcrest.

According to the owner, William, he has only been in operation a few months.  We intend to support him so he stays here indefinitely!  Here’s why…

A couple weeks ago, we were searching for a new lunch spot.  We had intended to go to the Carnitas’ Snack Shack, but happened to go there on a day it was closed.  So, Darren had heard of a new hot dog spot opening up and we figured we’d give it a try.  As you can tell from the front of the shop, it’s a quaint unassuming place.  As we got to the window, the owner William started to chat with us.  We of course asked him what he recommended.  And to our good surprise, he was a passionate hot dog purist and foodie at heart.  He simply said, “Go with the Classic.”  “As a New Yorker, the “Manhattan” is what I grew up with.  Simple, delicious, and to the point,” he stated proudly.

Since there weren’t that many people around, he invited us inside where there were a couple seats right in the kitchen area (really cool).  He told us that after coming from a law enforcement career, he decided he wanted to pursue his passion – food!  And talk about food he did.  He told us all about his special techniques for extracting flavors, his homemade Russian dressing, and other quality ingredients he uses.

What made this extra special from any other hot dog place I’ve been to was his detailed touch and care.  He butterflies the dogs and then sears both sides with love!  Here is the classic, aka the “Manhattan” for $3…   it was simply amazing and so delish!  A pure beef dog, grilled onions, Deli mustard, and Sauerkraut.  It was the perfect balance of flavors, condiments, and heat (temp wise).  Next up was the “Shroom” dog.

Now I have to admit.  This one was a bit of a surprise.  Grilled mushrooms, grilled onions, swiss cheese & some mayo on a hot dog?  Sounds a bit gimmicky, right?  Nope!  This dog totally worked and was another huge hit.

So by that time, I was in pure hot dog heaven!  The truth is I haven’t had the likes of these anywhere else… even at Hot Doug’s in Chicago.  So, without completely pigging out, we decided to share one final hot dog.  The “Diego” Dog!  OMG… the bomb.

The “Diego” Dog… grilled onions, jalapeno relish & his homemade Russian dressing.  Excellent!!!  I loved the spice of the jalapeno.  It was just right (not too hot, and not too mild).

As you can see, the hot dogs are pretty reasonable.  They range from $3 to $6 and are worth every penny.  William also tells us his best seller is actually the “Vanessa”, his signature veggie dog (somebody try that and tell me how it is).  He also has a Buffalo dog for the non-vegans!

I only wish I was able to try more of these myself.  However, I’m going to fix that very soon by taking a trip out there this week and bringing our friends from out of town with us.  They are in for special treat!

Daddy’s Hot Dogs
1281 University Avenue @ Richmond Avenue in Hillcrest
San Diego, CA 92103
Hours of Operation:
Sunday: 11 am – 6 pm
Monday: CLOSED
Tuesday: 11 am – 8 pm
Wednesday & Thursday: 11 am – 10 pm
Friday & Saturday: 11 am – 2 am

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I couldn't be luckier to call San Diego my home the past couple decades. America's "Finest City" is bursting with delicious eats in nearly every corner. Whether you want savory or sweet, fancy or rustic, you can have it all! I have the awesome job of uncovering some of these gems, and sharing them with you. When I'm not chowing down, I also write about $$$ at Thanks for stopping by!

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One Comment on “Daddy’s Hot Dogs in San Diego”

  1. Hello Michael,
    I am totally agree with you..
    It was certainly interesting for me to read that article. Thanks for it. I like such topics and anything that is connected to this matter. I definitely want to read more on that blog soon.Dolce Vita Pizzeria is also my fave one..

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