Want to impress at your next cookout? Throw these local franks on the grill.

Stock up on these hot dogs for Memorial Day weekend
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Midnight Marauder
Midnight Marauder tops hot dogs with collards, kimchi, and other local garnishes.

Photograph by Caroline C. Kilgore

If it weren’t for the Spotted Trotter, Ian Nathanson might never have started selling the hot dogs that have become such sought-after late-night eats in East Atlanta Village. “That kind of small, thoughtful charcuterie reignited my passion for meat after getting turned off by the large-scale industrialization of food,” says the Long Island native, who opened the Midnight Marauder inside food court Global Grub Collective one year ago. Nathanson buys smoked beef dogs in bulk from the Kirkwood butcher, and he starts grilling at midnight every Friday and Saturday. You can buy the franks directly from Spotted Trotter’s Hosea L. Williams Drive storefront, or from two of Nathanson’s other favorite hot dog sources: Patak Meats, in Austell, and Pine Street Market in Avondale Estates. Stock up for a fun—and filling—Memorial Day weekend.

This article originally appeared in our May 2017 issue.

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