Hot Dog Nation Slideshow

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Brats (Sheboygan and Milwaukee, Wis.)
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Brats (Sheboygan and Milwaukee, Wis.)
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Dog: Bratwurst (large, white, pork-based hot dog), preferably Usinger’s
Bun: A brat bun (Milwaukee) or hard-roll (Sheboygan)
Method: Simmered with onions in beer and finished off on a charcoal grill
Toppings: Onions; Brats are cooked with and finished off with brown or Dijon mustard, never yellow.
The Spot: State Street Brats and Lambeau Field’s parking lot a few hours before a Packers game.

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Flickr/somenametoforget

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Cheese Coney (Cincinnati, Ohio)
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Cheese Coney (Cincinnati, Ohio)
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Dog: Pork or beef hot dog
Bun: Steamed
Method: Boiled or grilled
Toppings: Mustard, diced onions, Cincinnati-style chili, and a mound of shredded Cheddar
The Spot: Skyline

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Flickr/Sarah-Bra

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Chicago-Style Dogs (Chicago)
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Chicago-Style Dogs (Chicago)
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Dog: All-beef frank, traditionally Vienna Beef
Bun: Doughy poppy-seed bun
Method: Boiled or grilled
Toppings: Yellow mustard, sport peppers, tomatoes, a pickle spear, onions, bright green relish, celery salt, and absolutely no ketchup
The Spot: What a question. Superdawg, Wolfy's, Wiener's Circle, Murphy's, Hot Doug’s, Portillo's, and many more. The more interesting question is who makes Chicago's worst hot dogs, and how much better are they than New York's?

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Arthur Bovino

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Hot Doug's Foie Gras Dog (Chicago)
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Hot Doug's Foie Gras Dog (Chicago)
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While not a regional style, the foie gras dog at Hot Doug's does deserve mention among the country's iconic hot dogs. Doug Sohn, the owner of Hot Doug's created this "celebrity" dog in 2006 to flout the ban pushed by Chicago chef Charlie Trotter and Alderman Joe Moore. The ban was repealed in 2008, but the foie gras dog is still on the menu.

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Arthur Bovino

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Coney I-Lander (Tulsa, Okla.)
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Coney I-Lander (Tulsa, Okla.)
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Dog: Mini pork dogs
Bun: Mini steamed buns
Method: Slow-grilled
Toppings: Shredded cheese, chili, onions, and mustard
The Spot: The Coney I-Lander mini-chain

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Flickr/Greyhaw

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Coney Island Dog (Detroit, Mich.)
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Coney Island Dog (Detroit, Mich.)
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Dog: An all-natural beef hot dog with natural casing
Bun: Steamed
Method: Grilled
Toppings and the Spot: Detroit-Style (“wet") means beanless chili with beef hearts, yellow onions, and mustard
. The place for it? Lafayette Coney Island. Flint-Style (“dry”) means chili, diced yellow onions, and mustard
. The spot? Lipuma Coney Island.

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Flickr/mswine

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The Half-Smoke (Washington, D.C.)
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The Half-Smoke (Washington, D.C.)
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Dog: Beef or pork dog, or a combination of the two.
Bun: Grilled
Method: Griddle-cooked
Toppings: With our without chili, and sometimes onion and mustard
The Spot: Ben’s Chili Bowl

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Flickr/theblackdog

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Hungarian Hot Dog (Toledo, Ohio)
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Hungarian Hot Dog (Toledo, Ohio)
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Dog: Pork sausage
Bun: Toasted rye-bread
Method: Grilled
Toppings: Chili-sauce
The Spot: Tony Packos
Special Note: If you’re famous and want to represent, sign a bun. They’ll frame it, and hang it there.

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Flickr/whizc

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Italian-Style Hot Dog (New Jersey)
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Italian-Style Hot Dog (New Jersey)
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Dog: One or two all-beef dogs
Bun: Half a giant Italian-roll
Method: Griddle-cooked
Toppings: Fried peppers, potatoes and onions
The Spot: Jimmy Buff’s

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SimpleRecipes

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Michigan Hot Dog (Montreal and Quebec, Canada)
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Michigan Hot Dog (Montreal and Quebec, Canada)
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Dog: Pork or beef hot dog
Bun: Steamed
Method: Griddle-cooked
Toppings: Spaghetti sauce
The Spot: The Quebecois Lafleur Restaurant chain

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Flickr/Will S.

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Michigan Hot Dog (Upstate New York)
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Michigan Hot Dog (Upstate New York)
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Dog: All-beef natural casing, usually Zweigle’s
Bun: Buttered and crustless Frankfurt bun
Method: Grilled
Toppings: Meat-based “Michigan-sauce,” mustard, and onions
The Spot: Mc Sweeney's Red Hots

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Farkleberries.com/Lenka

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North Carolina Slaw Dog (North Carolina)
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North Carolina Slaw Dog (North Carolina)
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Dog: Red-hots, all-beef natural casing
Bun: Griddle-cooked
Method: Griddle-cooked
Toppings: The slaw topping is tinged red with a vinegary BBQ sauce. Mustard and chili, optional.
The Spot: Slaw Dogs can be found throughout the South
Special Note: West Virginians lay claim to originating the Slaw Dog, but it’s North Carolina where this variation has taken on a bolder hue.

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Troutunderground.com

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New York City Dog (Vendor-Style, "Dirty Water", New York City)
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New York City Dog (Vendor-Style, "Dirty Water", New York City)
Description

Dog: All-beef dog in natural casing, preferably Nathan’s or Sabrett’s
Bun: Steamed
Method: Boiled or Griddle-cooked
Toppings: Sweet Sabrett’s “onions,” mustard, kraut and ketchup
The Spot: Every other corner in Manhattan, Gray’s Papaya and Papaya King take-out joints

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Flickr/churl

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New York City Dog (Deli-Style, New York City)
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New York City Dog (Deli-Style, New York City)
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Dog: Kosher all-beef
Bun: Griddle-cooked
Method: Griddle-cooked
Toppings: Sauerkraut and mustard
The Spot: Katz’s Delicatessen

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Thegluttony.com

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Bonanza Dog (Oyster Bay, NY)
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Bonanza Dog (Oyster Bay, NY)
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Bonanza's may not be a regional style, but the Oyster Bay, Long Island hot dog and Italian ice joint knows how to pile on fun toppings. They make hot dogs the way you'd have made them for yourself when you were a kid if someone had let you. Tangy, spicy, vinegary, salty, chili, cheese, ketchup, and slices of fresh jalapeño — toppings are piled so high that you'll have trouble finding a way to eat it all in one go without spilling all over the sidewalk.

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Arthur Bovino

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New York System Hot Wieners (Rhode Island)
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New York System Hot Wieners (Rhode Island)
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Dog: Chopped from giant all-beef links
Bun: Steamed
Method: Griddle-cooked
Toppings: Meat sauce, onions, mustard, and celery salt
The Spot: Olneyville NY System

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Flickr/Ka

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Pittsburgh Dog (Pittsburgh, Penn.)
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Pittsburgh Dog (Pittsburgh, Penn.)
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Dog: Foot-and-a-half-long dog
Bun: Hoagie Roll
Method: Griddle-cooked and served like a hoagie
Toppings: Shredded lettuce, tomatoes, coleslaw, and tangy provolone
The Spot: PNC Park, home of the Pittsburgh Pirates

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Flickr/bookgrl

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Rawley’s Dog (Fairfield, Conn.)
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Rawley’s Dog (Fairfield, Conn.)
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Dog: All-beef in natural casing
Bun: Grilled
Method: Fried then grilled
Toppings: Mustard, relish, sauerkraut, and cubed thick-cut bacon
The Spot: Rawley’s Drive-In

Credit

Arthur Bovino

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Rippers (Clifton, NJ)
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Rippers (Clifton, NJ)
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Dog: All-beef hot dog
Bun: Grilled
Method: Deep-fried
Toppings: Rutt’s Hut special relish
The Spot: Rutt’s Hut
Special Note: If you want it well-done ask for a “Cremator.”

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Flickr/JDinBawlmer

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Wikimedia Commons
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Rochester White-Hots (Rochester, NY)
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Dog: Large uncured, unsmoked, pork, beef, or veal hot dogs called “white-hots”
Bun: Griddle-cooked
Method: Griddle-cooked
Toppings: Meat-sauce, mustard, and onions
The Spot: Schaller’s

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Wikimedia Commons/DanielPenfield

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Scrambled Dog (Georgia)
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Scrambled Dog (Georgia)
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Dog: Pork or beef
Bun: Grilled
Method: Chopped-up
Toppings: Chili and onions covered in mustard, ketchup, sliced dill pickles, and oyster crackers
The Spot: The Dinglewood Pharmacy claims to be the originator of the Scrambled Dog
Special Note: There are special “scrambled dog” bowls that are similar to banana-split bowls.

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Flickr/Carolina Ruth

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Seattle-Style Dogs (Seattle)
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Seattle-Style Dogs (Seattle)
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Dog: Pork, beef, veggie, or salmon
Bun: Grilled or steamed
Method: Grilled or boiled
Toppings: Cream cheese and onions, with or without kraut
The Spot: Matt’s Gourmet Hot Dogs

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Flickr/KlaraKim

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Coney Island Lunch (Scranton, NJ)
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Coney Island Lunch (Scranton, Pa.)
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Dog: Berk's all-beef in natural casing
Bun: Steamed National Bakery Roll
Method: Sliced in half, "but not all the way through," and grilled
Toppings: Düsseldorf mustard and fresh diced onions (diced by a 1928 Model Hobart Chopper), topped with homemade chili
The Spot: Coney Island Lunch
Special Note: The “Texas Wiener” is based on the heavy Greek-influence around Plainfield, and its chili can be considered an American interpretation of Greek spaghetti sauce. Though not part of the original Texas Wiener, Coney Island also offers Cheddar sauce and sauerkraut as toppings.

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Flickr/JasonPerlow

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Sonoran Dog (Tuscon and Phoenix)
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Sonoran Dog (Tucson and Phoenix)
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Dog: Wrapped in Mesquite-smoked bacon
Bun: Bread
Method: Grilled
Toppings: Beans, grilled onions, fresh onions, chopped tomatoes, mayo, cream sauce, mustard, guacamole, cheese (either queso fresco, shredded Cheddar, or cotija), and salsa (variations include salsa verde, red chili sauce, and jalapeño salsa). (Radishes, cucumbers, chilies, and mushrooms are optional.)
The Spot: El Güero Canelo

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Flickr/Hal Dick

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Dilly Dog (Bucks County, Penn.)
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Dilly Dog (Bucks County, Penn.)
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Dog: Quarter-pound hot dog

Bun: Toasted torpedo roll

Method: Grilled

Toppings: Sautéed peppers and onions, and thin French fries

The Spot: As previously noted by GutterGourmet, Dilly’s has a unique way of keeping track of orders. When you order, you go up to the window and draw a playing card. When the food is ready, the number on your card gets called out.

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Gutter Gourmet

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Dodger Dogs (Los Angeles)
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Dodger Dogs (Los Angeles)
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Dog: Farmer John's skinless, 10-inch long hot dogs made with a pork and beef blend

Bun: Steamed bun

Method: Steamed or grilled

Toppings: No particular toppings, but options include: mustard, ketchup, onions, and relish.

The Spot: Dodger Stadium

Special Note: The grilled dogs are considered to be the real Dodger Dogs. As LA Weekly noted, "in the mid 90's, they tried to switch from grilling the dogs to boiling them. The fans were irate, and this terrible new idea was quickly put to pasture." Also, the "Super Dodger Dog” variation is made of 100 percent beef.

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Flickr/dabruins07

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Ditch Dogs (New York City)
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Ditch Dog (New York City)
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While not a regional style, the Ditch Plains' Ditch Dog in New York City's West Village has won praise for originality. The potato bun is warm and soft with a slightly charred interior. The hot dog is bold and juicy, if almost completely hidden beneath a Gruyère/American/Parmesan mac ‘n cheese. Elbow macaroni lend texture to the creamy cheese, crisped bun, and meaty dog — the ultimate cheese dog. (Read more about the Ditch Dog.)

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The Daily Meal Staff

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Martinsville Speedway's Chili Dogs (Ridgeway, Va.)
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Martinsville Speedway's Chili Dogs (Ridgeway, Va.)
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At least 50,000 chili dogs are sold the day of NASCAR races. Dale Earnhardt reportedly liked to eat them before qualifying (he said they gave him "extra octane"). The recipe is secret, but includes slaw, chili, and onions. How did the connection start? Innocently enough, according to the track's website. Decades ago, a hot dog with slaw, chili, fresh onions and a few other secret ingredients were wrapped in waxed paper and sold in Martinsville Speedway’s concession stands. They've been a staple ever since.

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931wolfcountry.com/Clay JD Walker

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Red Snappers (Maine)
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Red Snappers (Maine)
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Dog: Natural-casing, neon-red beef and pork franks

Method and Bun: Griddled with a toasted, buttered roll, or steamed in a steamed split-top hot dog bun

Toppings: Mustard

The Spot: Simone's Hot Dog Stand

Special Note: Maine's Red Snappers are dyed with FD&C Red #40

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Erin Cooks

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Puka (Honolulu and Koloa, HI)
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Puka Dogs (Honolulu and Koloa, HI)
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Dog: Polish sausage
Bun: Bun-sized breadloaf, pierced and toasted
Method: Grilled
Toppings: Hawaiian relishes and sauces (the two most popular combinations at Puka Dog are pineapple relish, garlic lemon sauce, and guava mustard or mango relish, spicy jalapeño sauce, and lilikoi mustard.
The Spot: Puka Dog

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Flickr/whizchickenonabun

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Pink's (Los Angeles)
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Pink's Chili Dogs (Los Angeles)
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Dog: Hoffy's all-beef with natural casing
Bun: Steamed
Method: Grilled
Toppings: Mustard, chili, and onion
The Spot: Los Angeles (including at LAX), San Diego, and in Las Vegas

Special Note: It’s difficult to choose from a menu with at least 35 different combinations. Interesting specials include: the bacon burrito, the 12-inch jalapeño, the pastrami burrito, and the "America the Beautiful" dogs. But the most expensive (and perhaps the most epic) is Three Dog Night: three hot dogs wrapped in a tortilla, with three slices of cheese, three slices of bacon, chili, and onions.

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Arthur Bovino

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Kolaches (Texas)
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Kolaches (Texas)
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Dog: Sausage or hot dog

Bun: Sweet, flat yeast rolls

Method: Baked

Toppings: Bacon, ham, eggs, chicken, beef, jalapeño, and more.

The Spot: Old Towne Kolaches

Special Note: Kolaches are said to have been introduced stateside by Czech immigrants in regions like Eastern and Central Texas.

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Maryse Chevriére

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Nathan's (Coney Island, NY)
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Nathan's (Coney Island, NY)
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Dog: Natural-casing, beef hot dogs

Bun: Steamed

Method: Griddled

Toppings: Sauerkraut and spicy brown mustard

The Spot: Multiple, but the original is best: Nathan's Famous

 

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Flickr/LWY