It was on Coney Island in NYC where the hotdog was said to have first been introduced to the world and since then it has been exported to almost every corner of the globe in some way, shape or form. Yet nowhere more so than in the US are hot dogs eaten so religiously, and almost every region has its own variety. Here are 5 of the best!
5. Kansas City: At Kauffman Stadium (home of the Kansas City Royals), this hot dog, an ode to the Reuben sandwich, comes topped with melted Swiss cheese and sauerkraut and is tucked into a sesame-seed bun.
4. Atlanta: At the Varsity’s famous drive-through, Atlantans order their hot dogs “dragged through the garden” – in other words, slipped into a top-sliced bun and blanketed with coleslaw.
3. Arizona: The Sonoran is a hot dog wrapped in mesquite-smoked bacon then cooked on a grill or on a griddle or comal, then topped with beans, grilled onions, fresh onions, tomatoes, mayonnaise, cream sauce, mustard and jalapeño salsa or sauce and served on a bolillo roll and often with a side of fresh-roasted chili.
2. Chicago: Residents of the Windy City like their hot dogs dressed to thrill: Yellow mustard, relish, chopped onion, tomato slices, sport peppers (spicy pickled green peppers), a pickle spear, and a dash of celery salt sit atop a frank nestled in a poppy-seed bun.
1. Detroit: Called a Coney Island, after the place where hot dogs were first popularised, this Michigan frank is served smothered in all-beef chili, raw white onion, yellow mustard, and shredded Cheddar at beloved city institutions, like Lafayette Coney Island.
Honourable mentions must go to the Dallas Corndog and the Maine Red Snapper!