United States of Franks: A Guide to Regional American Hot Dog Styles

From coast-to-coast, the mighty hot dog takes many different forms.

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Photo: Robert Sietsema for First We Feast

As we discussed yesterday in the kickoff to hot dog week, one of the greatest joys of the all-American frank is its endless mutability. Travel around the country and you'll find that while everyone is bonded by a fundamental love of hot dogs, conceptions of what a hot dog should actually look and taste like vary drastically.

Chicagoans smother their Vienna Beef franks with a laundry list of toppings, folks in Arizona pimp their wieners with Mexican-inspired toppings, and if you're from certain parts of New Jersey, your dogs better be deep-fried and stuffed into Italian bread with a gang of potatoes.

While there are too many regional hot dog styles to list here, these are the most notable variants from coast-to-coast that should be on everyone's hot-dog bucket list. How many have you tried?

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  • SZMatheson

    and after explaining the Chicago dog, all Chiagoans finish with “NEVER KETCHUP!”

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