No beach trip is complete with a sunny hot dog and all the salty accoutrements, like French fries and onion rings, and Carolina Beach’s go-to for this shoreside treat is Island Hots. Located just a couple blocks away from the oceanfront, and surrounded by a wealth of beach shops and surf stores, this cool hot dog stand offers plenty of variety on the classic, and is a budget-friendly, and wonderfully laid-back stop for a post-beach snack.
The small hot dog stand, which features a counter for ordering and limited indoor seating, features a nicely casual outdoor sitting area that includes sunny and shaded picnic tables which are perfect for enjoying a messy meal. The star of the menu is the hot dogs, which can include original, all beef, vegetarian, and turkey varieties, and which can be topped a virtually limitless number of ways. For inspiration, diners can choose from one of the 12 “special” hot dog creations, like the German with sauerkraut and deli mustard, the Sriracha Dog with Sriracha, Island relish and jalapenos, and the BBQ with smoky BBQ sauce, slaw, onions, and bacon. When topped off with an order of hand-cut fries or onion rings, patrons will effectively enjoy one of the classic beach eats at its more creative, and filling, best.