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Top Dog

Hot Dog Joint and Food$$$$
Southside, Berkeley
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  • Namita B.
    "Chicken apple is delicious."(4 Tips)
    Andrew W.
    "Bockwurst, sauerkraut, Russian mustard."(4 Tips)
    Amy Y.
    "My favorite is the calabrese with spicy Russian"(3 Tips)
    jennifer h.
    "the lemon chicken is the best hot dog...on earth, possibly."(9 Tips)
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  • Armali R.
    Armali RitonaDecember 5, 2016
    I obsessed with the regular Top Dog. But I've tried others and they're pretty much all slammin. I don't get out to Berkeley often, but when I do.... Top Dog is a must on the destination front.
  • Christian F.
    Christian FengDecember 2, 2016
    Cash Only. Bockwurst. Toasted Roll.
  • Rich Y.
    Rich YannaconeOctober 29, 2016
    I don't get here enough!!
  • Amir B.
    Amir BaharlouOctober 17, 2016
    Chicken apple is definitely the way to go.
  • Rachelle C.
    Rachelle COctober 7, 2016
    Cheap delicious hot dogs of all types.
  • Rich Y.
    Rich YannaconeJuly 30, 2016
    The guy behind the counter was a hoot!
  • Amy Y.
    Amy YJune 27, 2016
    Berkeley classic. My favorite is the calabrese with spicy Russian mustard topped with sauerkraut. DO NOT order a "hot dog" – you will be ridiculed per Top Dog tradition – order a "top dog" instead
  • ǝʌǝʇs  ʞ.
    ǝʌǝʇs  ʞɐıuzoʍJune 10, 2016
    Been here 10+ times
    The BEST hot dog place for 48 years!
  • Andrew N.
    Andrew NystromApril 14, 2016
    The barber shop of hot dogs. Get it.
  • JT
    JTApril 8, 2016
    classic delicious cheap
  • Les W.
    Les WMarch 18, 2016
    Best Hot Dogs in town!
  • Chukie N.
    Chukie NwokorieFebruary 4, 2016
    The Bockwurst was the bomb!
  • Kyson
    KysonNovember 22, 2015
    Save two syllables and say "kiel" for a "kielbasa".
  • Justin L.
    Justin LeuOctober 9, 2015
    You're the man now, dog!
  • Brian S.
    Brian StraussAugust 13, 2015
    Check out the scene at the mustard bar! When I was a kid there was a pack of cigs bought for almost every dog sold. Used to restock through hole high up in the wall.
  • Brian S.
    Brian StraussAugust 13, 2015
    One of my favorite places on Earth. The dogs are spectacular, the people watching is top notch.
  • Ada B.
    Ada BlitzkriegJune 24, 2015
    Small and unprätentiös with tasty dogs.
  • Adil M.
    Adil MajidMay 30, 2015
    I've been coming here for years and it never gets old. The Louisiana hot link is spicy and delicious.
  • Rich Y.
    Rich YannaconeApril 17, 2015
    Great hot dog and sausages
  • Rocio R.
    Rocio RasconNovember 15, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    Love top dog.. Lemon chicken and hotlink
  • Andrew W.
    Andrew WilsonOctober 4, 2014
    Bockwurst, sauerkraut, Russian mustard.
  • Namita B.
    Namita BAugust 13, 2014
    Chicken apple is delicious. Mango habanero is quite spicy!
  • Chris B.
    Chris BrackertAugust 10, 2014
    Get any dog and you'll be happy. Get two and you'll be more happy.
  • Deejay B.
    Deejay BobolaiMarch 24, 2014
    Black guy grilling my dogs! Keep up the good work cuz no one else will ever hire you with your attitude. Guess I'd be mad too if that's what I did for a living...
  • Basil S.
    Basil SiddiquiMarch 15, 2014
    bomb late night
  • Paul Y.
    Paul YouOctober 3, 2013
    Top Dog frankfurter. Best hot dog I've had in Bay Area after Costco hotdog
  • Manasee D.
    Manasee DesaiJuly 27, 2013
    Intense guy taking orders. Amazing memory! No texting in line!
  • Evan A.
    Evan AczonMay 4, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    The spicy Russian mustard will clear your sinuses in a heartbeat but SO worth it.
  • Faye S.
    Faye SApril 29, 2013
    Lemon chicken sausage. YUM
  • Bonnie C.
    Bonnie ClydeApril 16, 2013
    Hot link with Russian mustard = my mouth gets really tingly but it hurts so good. That's why I eat two of them. Oink oink. :9
  • Rafi S.
    Rafi SyedApril 15, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Get a hot link, add hot Russian mustard, and eat it there to watch the scene. Then have yourself another dog.
  • Chris F.
    Chris FisherOctober 29, 2012
    Only for drunk college students after midnight. Avoid this place, just gets way too crazy, and after all, just mediocre dogs.
  • Pooja S.
    Pooja ShahOctober 28, 2012
    They do have a veggie dog, and its quite good, especially if you like cumin seeds. Only issue is that it's cooked on the same grille.
  • Dave B.
    Dave BurchSeptember 20, 2012
    Practically immune to inflation and blanketed in libertarian propaganda -- what's not to love?
  • Chelsea
    ChelseaAugust 21, 2012
    Bring cash
  • Andrew R.
    Andrew RoshanJuly 15, 2012
    Great hotdog joint
  • Donny Y.
    Donny YehJune 27, 2012
    The lemon chicken is my go to. Can't go wrong with that one. Their spicy mustard is pretty off the hook too.
  • Katy N.
    Katy Nye-MorrellJune 15, 2012
    You can get a hotdog anywhere but you can only get a topdog at...topdog.
  • Luca S.
    Luca SchweitzerMay 12, 2012
    Get the bratwurst with sauerkraut and all the mustards. Delicioso!
  • Julia Z.
    Julia ZuckerMarch 30, 2012
    Don't bring your camera
  • Sofia W.
    Sofia WilliamsMarch 30, 2012
    Don't take a picture, they will yell at you!!
  • Sofia W.
    Sofia WilliamsMarch 30, 2012
    Don't take a picture, they will tell at you!!
  • Cal
    CalMarch 28, 2012
    End your day with a stop at Top Dog with your top dogs.
  • Tom M.
    Tom McGhanFebruary 19, 2012
    Shoot the shit with whoever's working at the time (if there's not a long line). Every person I've encountered working here is super friendly and always has a story to tell.
  • Ira S.
    Ira SerkesNovember 30, 2011
    Check out the posters - Been the same for decades - looked about the same in 1974 when I first came to Berkeley
  • Dai D.
    Dai DehNovember 5, 2011
    Be ready to order!
  • Geoffrey L.
    Geoffrey LeeOctober 21, 2011
    Try the new special dog of the day: Mango Habañero Chicken!
  • Gian P.
    Gian PepeOctober 16, 2011
    Bockwurst with mustard and extra sauerkraut
  • Sarah A.
    Sarah AlikhanSeptember 22, 2011
    Been here 25+ times
    my personal favorites are the mango jalapeno chicken sausage, lemon chicken sausage and chicken apple sausage!
  • K T.
    K TSeptember 11, 2011
    Best hot dog ever... Especially after the bars close...
  • Tivon
    TivonAugust 19, 2011
    Lemon Bird...*drool*
  • karla
    karlaAugust 4, 2011
    If you forget to get cash there are BofA ATMs across the street!
  • Rahul M.
    Rahul MangaloreJuly 29, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    Hot Link goes hard!
  • jennifer h.
    jennifer hanJuly 26, 2011
    i practically lived on top dog during my college years. the lemon chicken is the best hot dog...on earth, possibly.
  • Ronnie J G.
    Ronnie J GarciaJuly 9, 2011
    Lemon chicken is the way to go. I always buy the frozen pack to take back home to LA
  • Robert Y.
    Robert YenJune 19, 2011
    Lemon chicken baby
  • Andrew N.
    Andrew NystromJune 18, 2011
    Dig the libertarian quotes. Best? "Taxation is conscription."
  • Andrew N.
    Andrew NystromJune 18, 2011
    Lemon Chicken — low salt & low fat.
  • Richard H.
    Richard HintzJanuary 22, 2011
    Somehow ordering with the approved language doesn't bug me as it does at Starbucks
  • Ivan R.
    Ivan RuizDecember 17, 2010
    Been here 10+ times
    Make sure u bring cash!!
  • M W.
    M WSeptember 13, 2010
    A must-stop on game days for the long hike up to Memorial! Two Tops or a Top and a Brat - there's something about that grill that makes the meat taste like nowhere else!
  • a A.
    a ASeptember 4, 2010
    Chicken apple
  • Andrew L.
    Andrew LamAugust 28, 2010
    Been here 5+ times
    Starting around 10am on Cal game days, I eat at least 2 or 3... or 7. Faves: lemon chicken and Louisiana hot link. Fresh buns. They do frozen/vacuum-packed if you want to take them home. Cash only.
  • Fik S.
    Fik SalehJuly 22, 2010
    Super late night munchies spot. One dog is not enough. Almost all are good. Make sure get the Hot Link in your line up.
  • Darren D.
    Darren DosiaFebruary 6, 2010
    I always get one original Top Dog and one Hot Link, mustard only for me thanks :) Read more
  • Matt
    MattDecember 16, 2009
    A hot link and a chicken apple, please, maybe a bag of salt and vinegar chips, and lots of spicy Russian mustard and sauerkraut. Thanks for staying open super late, too.
  • Ron E.
    Ron EvansAugust 14, 2009
    the keilbasa is awesome. they only take cash though.
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