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Over the past month, Windsor Terrace residents have noticed an unusual sight - people walking around with big hot dogs topped with fragrant chili or sauerkraut sometimes both.

The source is Hot Diggity Dog, which opened on Prospect Park West in November.

"The neighborhood loves us," exclaims owner Billy Grillas (pictured).

The Sheepshead Bay native says his family owns the Off Shore Diner in Bay Ridge, "So I knew I’d end up doing something with food."

Grillas chose to specialize in hot dogs, because, he says, he’s always looking out for the perfect frank. "You can get a burger or a slice anywhere," he says, "but a good dog is hard to find."

"I only use Boars Head all-natural beef dogs, and I make all the toppings myself," he says. The most popular dog so far has been the "Brooklyn" (mustard, sauerkraut and house-made onions), while the "Windsor Weenie" (a dog wrapped in pastrami and topped with sauerkraut, Swiss cheese and mustard) comes in a close second.

At the moment, dining is stand-and-eat only, but seven stools have been ordered. "They’re supposed to be here before Christmas," says Grillas.

He also offers a "Billy cheese steak" (Philadelphia style with onions, peppers and white American cheese) and house-made veggie, turkey and chicken burgers. But his heart belongs to franks.

Hot Diggity Dog (263 Prospect Park West between 17th Street and Prospect Avenue) accepts cash only. Items: $1.75-$5.75. The shop is open daily from 11 am to 9 pm. Free delivery in the neighborhood. For more information, call (718) 499-0008.

Updated 4:00 pm, November 10, 2010
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