Rave Reviews, Awards And Media Coverage

Jack's has received accolades from numerous leading national organizations, from best food for people on a budget to best thing I have ever eaten.

Jack's Wins Best Hot Dog Spot In The Post & Courier’s 2019 Charleston’s Choice!
The Post & Courier

The Best Hot Dogs In Every State
Taste of Home
”Alton Brown says that Jack’s dogs are the best he’s ever had. That’s quite a testament, and one that’s echoed by all who stop by this roadside hot dog joint. All of their toppings are made in-house, the most famous of which is Jack’s Sweet Potato Mustard.”

Nominate Jack’s For The Post & Courier’s Charleston’s Choice
The Charleston Post & Courier’s “Choice Awards” are now open for nominations.  Please consider nominating Jack’s for best “Hot Dog Spot.”

Charleston's Best Hot Dog 2018
Charleston City Paper

Jack's Is A Finalist For The Moultrie News’ Best Hot Dog And Fries!
You can vote for Jack’s for best hot dog and best french fries in The Moultire News’ Best Of 2019. .

Jack's Is A FInalist For Charleston City Paper’s Best Hot Dog!
You can vote for Jack’s for best hot dog in Charleston City Paper's Best Of 2019. Voting closes March 5.

Help Jack's Wins Charleston City Paper’s Best Of The Best!
Charleston City Paper's Best Of 2019 is now accepting nominations. Potential categories include: hot dogs, cheap meal, fries and kid-friendly restaurant.

Jack's Wins Best Hot Dog Spot In The Post & Courier’s 2018 Charleston’s Choice!
The Post & Courier

Jacks Named Best Of The Best Hot Dog For 2018
The Moultrie New

Jack’s Will Be Featured On Two TV Shows This Month!
Don’t miss Jack’s on the Cooking Channel (Carnival Eats episode 611 - “Hot Dog Time Machine”) on Sunday, September 23 at 9 pm and on Fox 24 (Charleston) on Friday, September 7 at 12:30 pm and 11 pm.

The 21 Best Hot Dog Joints In America

Charleston's Best Hot Dog 2018
Charleston City Paper

Jack's Named As A Finalist For Charleston City Paper's Best Of 2018 For Hot Dogs
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Best Of Mount Pleasant 2018 Results: Best Hot Dog - Jack's Cosmic Dogs
Mount Pleasant Magazine

Five eating spots that satisfy beyond I-526
Post And Courier

Best Hot Dog 2017
Moultrie News

Charleston's Best Hot Dog 2017
Charleston City Paper

The United States of Hot Dogs: The Best Hot Dogs From Each of the 50 States
First We Feast
"About ten miles north of Charleston, Jack’s Cosmic Dogs has consistently won “best of” awards. In addition to regular hot dogs-fried in butter, they have locally made bratwurst, knockwurst, kielbasa, and andouille. But it's the toppings that make Jack's the go-to place in the state (think blue cheese slaw and sweet-potato mustard). Slaw dogs are excellent as they should be for a southern hot doggerie, too."

Jack's Named Top 15 Best Hot Dog Joints In America

Jack's Named To Best Hot Dog Joints In SC
Only In Your State

Jack's Named Best Mt. Pleasant Hot Dog For 2015
The Moultrie News

Jack's Named Best Charleston Hot Dog For 2015
Charleston City Paper

Jack's won Moultrie News' 2014 Readers' Choice Award for Best Hot Dog in Mount Pleasant

Jack's Receives TripAdvisor's 2014 Excellence Award!

Jack's Cosmic Dogs Featured On Alton Brown Podcast
Jack Hurley of locally known Jack's Cosmic Dogs fame will appear on a future Alton Browncast podcast with TV Host Alton Brown.  Brown recently appeared in North Charleston on his first-ever multimedia variety show road trip billed as Alton Brown Live! The Edible Inevitable Tour, when he asked Hurley to join him and discuss his food business.

Put Yourself To The Presidential Pop Test
Charleston Post and Courier
Who was the only president, before, during or after his White House tenure, to dine at Jack's Cosmic Dogs in Mount Pleasant?

Jack's Named Among Top 5 For Best Hot Dogs By Mount Pleasant Magazine's Best Of 2013
Final results will be announced soon!

Designing Charleston: How Creative Entrepreneurs Are Transforming the City
When patrons eat at Husk or Jack’s Cosmic Dogs, their impressions are partly formed by how these restaurants present themselves - and that starts with the logo itself and the messages it conveys…the cartoonish hotdog logo seems to promise a burst of otherworldly flavor and old-fashioned hipness.

Southern Comfort: Charleston’s Best Food and Restaurants
The Culture Trip
Jack’s Cosmic Dogs is a local favorite, and an excellent place to duck in for a quick bite as an alternative to Charleston’s traditional Lowcountry and seafood fare. That said, Jack’s Cosmic Dog is nothing like what you’ll find up in New York or Chicago. Each dog and topping combo is a labour of love, with house made sauces, chili, coleslaw, locally-made sausages and hand-cut fries. For a mere $2.95, grab yourself a Cosmic Dog which is topped with ‘Jack’s original blue cheese slaw’ and house sweet potato mustard. According to food guru Alton Brown, the Cosmic Dog is the ‘quintessential slaw dog’ and most certainly a must-eat on the Charleston food map. Otherwise, choose from any of Jack’s 14 hot dog options, including Atomic Dog (homemade chili, freshly diced onions and spicy mustard). Jack’s Cosmic Dogs also offers some throw-back fun with its selection of vintage soda pops, and fountain drinks, as well as Old Dominion Brewery Draft Root Beer.

Best Cheap Eats In Charleston
USA Today
It's cool, it's kitschy, and it consistently wins the local vote for "best hotdog." Located on the road to Folly Beach, Jack's Cosmic Dogs lists 14 hot dog options, but it's the original Cosmic Dog that Food Network star Alton Brown hailed as "The best thing I ever ate." What's the secret to this dog's success? It comes slathered with owner Jack Hurley's own sweet potato mustard, a mix of molasses, mustard seed and sweet potatoes.

Jack's To Participate In The Read For The Record Program
In October, Jack's owner, Jack Hurley, will read to 50 students from the St. James Santee kindergarten, as part of Jumpstart's Read For The Record, which celebrates literacy and promotes early-childhood literacy.  In addition to reading, Jack will donate a book for each student to read.

Jack's Proudly Sponsors The Mt. Pleasant Warriors Baseball Team
The Mt. Pleasant Warriors Baseball team is made up of 10 & 11 year old boys who love the game.  They practice 4 times a week and play in local USSSA tournaments two weekends a month, along with other local teams.

Eat This Tonight: The Best Wieners In Town
Charleston City Paper
For an out-of-this-world creation, go to Jack's Cosmic Dogs, voted Charleston's best since the turn of the century. Jack's serves up intergalactic fare at two different Lowcountry locations, and dogs range from $2.25 to $3.35. You can grab an Orbit City Dog with homemade chili, creamy cheddar cheese, freshly diced onion, and spicy mustard; nom on a Planet Dog with Jamaican relish, a sweet relish made with red peppers, watermelon and onions; or indulge in a classic Cosmic Dog made with Jack's original blue cheese slaw and famous sweet potato mustard.

Best Charleston Restaurants 2013
Urban Spoon

Meals On Wheels
Where Traveler

Charleston's Best Cheap Eats
Southern Living
The Galatic Dog at Jack's is loaded with chili, cheese, slaw, and spicy mustard, and that reality hits the spot after a long day.  I always order one without a bun for Dottie.  Bring your four-legged friend along and grab a spot on the patio.

Out Of More Than 20,000 Restuarants, AAA Names Jack's Among "50 Inspector Picks For Budget Dining"
It's cool, it's kitschy, and it consistently wins the local vote for "best hotdog." Located on the road to Folly Beach, Jack's Cosmic Dogs lists 14 hot dog options, but it's the original Cosmic Dog that Food Network star Alton Brown hailed as "The best thing I ever ate." What's the secret to this dog's success? It comes slathered with owner Jack Hurley's own sweet potato mustard, a mix of molasses, mustard seed and sweet potatoes.Garnish a basic or vegetarian dog with up to nine toppings, or select from one of 15 signature dogs at this popular stop for beachgoers and day trippers. In keeping with the '50s décor, described as ―The Jetsons meet Happy Days,‖ find the Cosmic Dog with blue cheese slaw, Krypto Dog with spicy brown mustard, Galactic Dog with chili and cheese and Neutron Dog with pepper jack and jalapeno slaw. Hand-cut fries, custard ice cream and long neck sodas are the only other offerings. Featured on the Food Channel, Jack‘s was developed by the owner to train high school entrepreneurs. Inspector Tip: Be sure to get the steamed bun.

Twelve things you didn’t realize you needed to know about the 2012 PGA
5)  When the Ocean Course was announced as the PGA site several years ago, I predicted then it would be the worst major venue since PGA National, which was stultifyingly hot and had bare greens when it hosted the 1987 PGA. So far, my prediction is right on track. Although I did hit Jack's Cosmic Dogs for dinner last night, which helped.

Southern Fried Ride
Men’s Journal
If anything I know, the closer you get to the ocean, the worse the food gets. That’s why I was shocked and slawed to find Jack’s Cosmic DogsJack’s serves up the best hot dogs I’ve ever had.   Ever!  

Feasting on Asphalt
Food Channel
“Jack’s is the perfect roadside restaurant.” 

The Best Thing I Ever Ate - Alton Brown
Food Channel
“If I was on my death bed, I could eat 2 maybe 3 Cosmic Dogs.”

The Best of the Best
The View    

Out Of This World Dogs
Southern Living Magazine
Jack Hurley knew that if he built a way cool hot dog stand, they would come.  And so they have.  Jack's is no ordinary hot dog shack...

Big-Finds Poll Ranks Jack’s Cosmic Dogs As A Top Local Favorite
Of course, there are plenty of other epicurean Edens in our 2007 Local Secrets, Big Finds round-up, so don’t feel you have to book your ticket to Charleston just yet (although if you do, make sure you also check out Jack’s Cosmic Dogs in Mount Pleasant).

Cosmic Condiment
Charleston Magazine
Sweet and tangy, with a smoothness coming from the 'taters, a decidely mellow note from molasses, and a zing from the mustard...

Eat This Tonight: Galactic Dogs, Eggy & Leggy Pies, and Twinkie Milkshakes
Charleston City Paper
If you've ever been to Jack's Cosmic Dogs, then you know that they offer some pretty crazy topping combinations on their hotdogs. From blue cheese slaw to the signature sweet potato mustard, nothing will tickle your taste buds quite like a snack from one of their two locations.

Chill Out with These Cool Treats
Charleston Magazine
Head to the Mount Pleasant or James Island locations to take your pick from the basics-chocolate and vanilla-or go for something sassier, like orange creamsicle swirl. If you really want to indulge, ask for Moon Pie Magic, featuring soft serve atop a warm, gooey pie drenched in chocolate. Yum! 

Take Me Out To The Ballgame
Charleston Outdoors
Jack's Cosmic Dogs will deliver all of the nostalgia and flavor you crave...the experience will leave you with a lasting impression.

Traveling Charleston
Heaven for hot doglovers, Jack's has 20 different kinds on the menu, sweet potato mustard, and decor reminiscent of Fonzie's garage.

Jacks Serves Up Plates Of Hot Dogs And Nostalgia
Charleston Post and Courier
"Happy Days" meets "The Jetsons" at this hip hot dog joint. I have to admit I was a little skeptical about gong to review a hot dog joint.  But at Jack's there is one word, dude: Cosmic.

I Came, I Slaw, I Conquered
Trippy Food
As if their Cosmic Dogs and fries weren’t enough, they also offer root beer on tap from Old Dominion Brewery.  The rooty-tooty fresh and bubbly brew is served properly in frosted mugs and did more to evoke old-timey soda fountain goodness than any soda I’ve ever had.

Jack's Owners Hope That More Coastal Areas Go To The Dogs
The Post and Courier
What gives Jack's an edge is its ambience: classic 1950s, space-age lore and its friendly staff.

Charleston Dishes Up
American Eagle Latitudes

Celebrate veterans day!

FREE hot dog for current military and Veterans with military ID.

buy 3 jars, get 1 free

Add some zest to your holiday recipes. buy a Jack's Sweet Potato Mustard 3-Pack, get one jar FREE.

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Jack now has Instagram account, where he shares his photography and videos. Find out what the Big Dog is up to.

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Our Cosmic Team

Get to know the people behind Jack's! Read profiles on our team members, covering their favorite menu items to future aspirations.

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