Location: 527 S. Main St., Joplin, Missouri
Hours: Open Monday through Thursday from 11am to 10pm, Friday and Saturday from 11am to 11pm and Sunday from 11am to 9pm.
History: There’s nothing ordinary about the gourmet hot dogs at Instant Karma in Joplin, Missouri. Under the guidance of chef-owner Jason Miller and his wife, Suzanne, Instant Karma has been upgrading hot dogs since opening in 2009. The restaurant sources its meat from Circle B Ranch just outside of Springfield, including its Big John hot dogs. From there, each dog is topped with a creative smattering of toppings, including housemade chili, blue cheese, coleslaw, teriyaki-grilled pineapple, cheese sauce, baked beans, grilled tomatoes, juicy mango and fried eggs, just to name a few. Some dogs are wrapped in bacon or smothered in mac ‘n’ cheese, or even crowned with deviled-egg filling, diced green onions and smoked paprika. Anything goes here, so long as it’s delicious. Miller also offers several vegetarian dogs including one made from an oven-roasted carrot that’s been shaved down, rolled in a house seasoning blend and then fried until perfectly crisp.
★ Must-Try: The okonomiyaki dog at Instant Karma tops a bacon-wrapped hot dog with coleslaw, Japanese mayo, shredded seaweed and red pickled ginger.
Instant Karma, 527 S. Main St., Joplin, Missouri, joplininstantkarma.com