I like hot dogs.
I know there are lots of folks out there that don’t like them, but given the choice this weekend for a burger or a dog…the dog won out every time!
That got me to thinking about the different kinds of hot dogs. I think I may have mentioned that my absolute favorite is the Varsity Hot Dog which you can only get in two places – Atlanta, Ga or Athens, Ga.
Varsity Hot Dogs are made with the hot dog and bun, of course, and then a helping of their chili is added with a line of mustard. Adding onions is optional.
That got me to thinking about how other folks eat hot dogs, so I thought I’d put together a little post of the most popular types along with a few of my other favorites.
- Chicago Style Layered with yellow mustard, dark green relish, chopped raw onion, pickle spear, sport peppers, tomato slices and topped with a dash of celery salt and served in a poppy-seed bun.
- New York Style Topped with spicy brown mustard and sauerkraut or sautéed onions with tomato paste.
- Coney Dog Beef hot dog topped with an all meat beanless chili, diced white onions, yellow mustard and shredded cheddar cheese. (A true Coney uses made-in-Michigan products).
- Kansas City Sesame seed bun, sauerkraut, melted Swiss cheese, caraway seeds and Thousand Island Dressing.
- Denmark Long hot dog in a bun, pickle chips, remoulade, ketchup, mustard, fried onions, and chopped onions.
- Philippines Bright red naked dog served with banana ketchup, rice and a fried egg.
- Guatemala Bacon-wrapped hot dog in an avocado-coated corn tortilla, shredded lettuce, cabbage, mayonnaise, and chopped onions.
- Brazil Split roll, pico de gallo, corn, grated parmesan, shredded carrots, diced ham, cilantro, and shoestring fries.
- Bagel Dog Hot dog wrapped in everything bagel dough, baked and served with mustard.
- Seattle (It’s really a Polish sausage split in half) with cream cheese, sliced raw jalopenos, chopped cabbage, and sriracha.
- Dodger Dog Footlong in a long bun, ketchup, mustard, chopped onions, and relish.
- The Polish Boy Grilled kielbasa sausage on a helfty roll. Topped with cole slaw and french fries with both bbq and hot sauce.
- Danger Dog Most commonly found in Los Angeles, these dogs are topped with grilled onions, ketchup, mustard, mayonnaise, and grilled jalapeno.
- The Sonoran Found in Arazona. This dog is wrapped in grilled bacon and placed on a bolillo roll. It comes with pinto beans, chopped tomatoes, onions, mustard, mayo and jalapenos.
- Italian-Style These dogs are deep friend and stuffed into half=rounds of pizza bread along with sautéed onion, bell peppers, and friend potatoes.Georgia/Carolina Classics (in other words – other hotdogs that I like)
- The Slaw Dog We make our slaw sweet and chopped very fine (normally, I detest sweet mayonnaise; however, hotdog slaw is usually made with sweet mayonnaise. Down here, it’s usually Hellmann’s). Add mustard, raw onions (cut into small cubes) and then add all-meat chili.
- The Scrambled Dog Dinglewood Pharmacy, Columbus, Georgia. Chopped-up hot dog smothered in chili, onions, and pickles and served with oyster crackers.
- Nu-Way Wieners (warning site opens up with their jingle) Macon, Georgia. We called this “red dogs” and you get them “all the way” which means mustard, onions and chili. You can also get their slaw dog or a combination of slaw and chili. No matter hot you get them, Nu-Way Wieners are my second favorite hotdogs.
- Dodo’s Pool Room Milledgeville, Georgia. Back in the day, most girls wouldn’t admit to going to a “pool room” to get hot dogs. It never has bothered me, I marched myself right on in there just to see what the fuss was all about. Local legend has it that the reason the hot dogs are so good there is because they never wash the chili pot. Note: I haven’t been to Dodo’s in quite some time. While researching for this post, I realized that Dodo (a well-known character in Milledgeville) has passed away and there are new owners taking over the business. I don’t know if they will wash that pot or not, but I know many in Milledgeville sure hope they don’t.
- Carolina Style Folks in Carolina don’t play, they just go ahead and add chili, slaw and onions. No need to ask for one of the other, you get both on one dog. (Wendy’s sometimes carries a Carolina Dog)
I was going to label this #21, but it isn’t. It’s in a category all to itself. The little place that you see in the pictures is from a hot dog restaurant called Hub Diggity. The Dane and I started going to this restaurant when it was a little spot with a strange cattywampus layout and a couple of stools. The owner, Bobby, had a dream of owning a hot dog stand. Today, that dream has been fully realized and he owns Hub Diggity, rated top hot dog spot in Spartanburg, SC. The Dane loves the brats on the pretzel bun. They also have lobster rolls and my favorite, the regular hotdog with mayo, ketchup and chili.
So tell me, with all the variety, how do you like your dogs?
Thanks for stopping by!