Near the intersection of Orlando’s Colonial and Semoran sits a tiny white building with a bright red roof. Piercing into the blue Florida skies is a supersized fork with a wiener on the end. This is truly Hot Dog Heaven.
HDH is a Central Florida institution because the folks behind the counter know how to make a good Chicago-style hot dog. They use 100% pure Vienna beef shipped from the Windy City, place the dogs inside a steamed poppy seed bun and then top it with mustard, relish, onion, tomato, pickle and hot peppers.
If an authentic Chi-dog isn’t your thing, try one of the other selections that range from the Swiss Cheese Dog to the Baked Bean & Onion Dog.
And if you’re really feeling adventurous, boldly order the Jalapeno & Cheddar Dog which is deep-fried and served Chicago-style.
The dogs are delicious and so are the fries. Evenly cooked all the way through, just as fries should be.
They also have other sides including cole slaw, macaroni salad and baked beans.
You know a place is popular when the line goes out the door. And that’s not an uncommon occurrence at Hot Dog Heaven. If you plan to go for lunch, time your visit around 11 am because it gets super-busy with locals.