My #1 favorite is the Chicago Style Hot Dog. The Chicago style dog is all beef and is steamed or boiled (until it floats), served on a poppy seed bun, and is topped with yellow mustard, chopped onions, a very bright green pickle relish, a dill pickle spear, sliced tomato, and a dash of celery salt. This is called "dragging through the garden." And of course the brand has to be Vienna Beef (absolute best hot dog in the world). The style of serving developed around Maxwell Street during the Depression in Chicago and was a cheap and portable way for working class Chicagoans to get a quick and complete meal on the go. But now just look for the greasiest looking place that might be located around the El and you will probably find a great dog!
A Southern Style hot dog is served with chili (no beans) and cole slaw. Even though I am a Southerner by birth, they are a bit too sloppy for me. But the best place for a Southern style hot dog (foot long) is Peaches at Myrtle Beach!
Maine is famous for their red dye #2 hot dogs in a natural casing. They may give you cancer if you eat too many but you'll die happy, they are great!
I have to confess I don't know much about regional hot dogs beyond the St. Louis arches so if I've left anything out from the great west let me know. I know Dodger Dogs are famous for the steamed bun. And the Happy Days carside style service developed in places like Modesto (Mel's Dinner) but are more know for burgers. I'm sure somewhere in the land of Fruit and Nuts out there they have put hot dogs in sushi or some other new age type format :)
So for now, enjoy your weekend - Happy Holiday!
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