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Top Dog Berkeley Southside

2534 Durant Ave, Berkeley, CA 94704-1771
(510) 843-5967
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Ranked #61 of 600 restaurants in Berkeley
Price range: $0 - $10
Cuisines: American, Hot Dogs
Good for: Families with children, Large groups, Local cuisine, Dining on a budget
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Late Night
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Good for: Families with children, Large groups, Local cuisine, Dining on a budget
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Late Night
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English first
New Carrollton, Maryland
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27 reviews 27 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2014

This little place (three stools and maybe 6 feet of counter space) has excellent food, though limited selections. I had the bratwurst. it was done well, served on a fantastic fresh roll and had your choice of mustard types, kraut, etc.

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Cuenca, Ecuador
Top Contributor
80 reviews 80 reviews
66 restaurant reviews
67 helpful votes 67 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 11, 2014

I practically lived off Top Dog when in college back in the 60's and 70's. Yes, it has been here that long. I now go only maybe once a year or so, looking for nostalgia. The dogs don't seem nearly as good, but I can't really say if my taste has changed or the dogs are no longer what they... More

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Las Vegas, Nevada
Top Contributor
134 reviews 134 reviews
97 restaurant reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 9, 2014

has many kinds of organic hot dogs… on a French bread - great sauerkraut… less flyers around… Just reminds me of student era… lived on Top Dogs and few other places… still consider reasonable.

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New Jersey
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7 reviews 7 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 13, 2013

You just can't get a better hot dog! A great variety of hot dogs, each chosen as the best of its type. The owner literally has sought out the best of each type of dog and as he's found new hot dogs that were different and of the highest quality he has added them to the menu. The bun is... More

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Sacramento
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72 reviews 72 reviews
53 restaurant reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 7, 2013

I have to be honest, if you're looking for the best hot dog ever then Top Dog is probably not going to be it. However, if you want a great hot dog experience then Top Dog is the place you want to go. Don't get me wrong, Top Dog serves a great hot dog, but the real reason to go... More

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Berkeley, California, United States
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3 reviews 3 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 24, 2012

I had my first Top Dog in 19721, and have had a few since. The 'chain' (never more than four outlets in Berkeley at one time, I don't think) was a pioneer in offering its customers half a dozen or more interesting sausage types, including many, like linguica, that were unfamiliar back in the day (bockwurst? what's a bockwurst?). Just... More

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San Francisco, California
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123 reviews 123 reviews
37 restaurant reviews
56 helpful votes 56 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2012

This place is very small no place to seat, only one guy working there, once you placed an order he grilled both bun and hot dog that add a little bit texture to the bun and the standard dog only cost $3 each, very affordable in Berkeley!

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Berkeley, California, United States
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88 reviews 88 reviews
75 restaurant reviews
60 helpful votes 60 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 21, 2012

Thirty years ago when I moved here, my first meal was at Top Dog; its still the best ever. The grill marks, the toasted bun, a regular dog or hot link or brat-there all amazing. Juicy, with the juices running down your chin. Amazing, with a great choice of condiments.

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4 reviews 4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2012 via mobile

This was the best dog I've ever had, better than going to the ballpark!!

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Spokane, WA
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58 reviews 58 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 30, 2012

I went to this little hole in the wall dog stand in 1973. Akmost 40 years later, its still there and the dogs are great! They are not your ordinary hot dog. The owner is gruff and is more focused on grilling the perfect dog and bun than winning any popularity prize. Nice selection of sausages and nothing but. A... More

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