It’s National Hot Dog Day in the USA! There are millions of ways to dress your hot dogs. In fact, there are probably as many ways to top that puppy as there are people in the USA! For the most part, that depends on where you grew up, because different regions tend to generate their own styles.
Arguments Arise When Discussing The Best Way To Dress A Hot Dog
My wife and I have been joyously married for thirty-plus years. However, very early in our relationship, we had our first argument over how to dress a hot dog! I know, how trivial. She topped my franks with mustard and ketchup. KETCHUP!?! Well, I got a little loud over that. No respectable hot dog lover puts ketchup on a hot dog. Of course, she correctly pointed out that if I didn’t want ketchup on my dog, then get a different one and dress it the way I wanted it. The wife is always right, right?
Here in Las Vegas we have friends who grew up all over this great country of ours. I bet each one of your friends likes different condiments on their hot dog than you. Heck, I even know someone who likes them plain! I grew up in New York City, so I’m partial to hot dogs dressed with spicy brown mustard and either sweet onion sauce or sauerkraut. My wife grew up in West Virginia, so she likes hers topped with chili, cole slaw, and mustard.
Have You Tried All Of These Regional Varieties Of Hot Dogs?
The National Hot Dog and Sausage Council (yes, there is such an organization) has a pretty comprehensive list of regional varieties of hot dogs on Hot-Dog.org. That is where I’m getting the descriptions of all of the delicious dogs below:
Atlanta and Southern U.S.: Topped with cole slaw and chopped raw Vidalia onions
Kansas City: Topped with sauerkraut and swiss cheese. Sounds like a Reuben sandwich to me.
Colorado: The “Rockie Dog” is a foot-long frank topped with grilled peppers, kraut and onions.
Boston: The famous “Fenway Frank” is served on a New England style bun and then topped with mustard and relish. Sometimes, they add baked beans. Now you know why they call Boston “Beantown.”
New Jersey: Their “Italian Dog” is served on thick pizza-style bread and topped with onions, peppers and deep friend potatoes.
Philedelphia: An all-beef hot dog with a fish cake inside the bun as well. What? Philly, I love your cheese steaks but this one is a little weird. This offering is topped with sweet vinegary slaw and spicy mustard.
California: There are many styles of hot dogs throughout the state, but the most popular one is a bacon-wrapped frank topped with grilled onions and peppers.
Alaska: A Reindeer dog perhaps? It’s actually a sausage made with caribou meat, often topped with grilled onions sauteed in cola.
Scroll down to check out seven more deliciously dressed regional varieties on National Hot Dog Day in America!