Do You Know Your Hot Dogs? Here Are 6 Types From Cities Across the U.S

Do You Know Your Hot Dogs? Here Are 6 Types From Cities Across the U.S

Does the mention of meat on a bun at the ball park, or just on the grill in the backyard, make your mouth water? Check out these favorites, listed by city.

July is full of good wonders. Not only is it National Blueberry month throughout the U.S (Canada gets it in August), but it’s also America’s countrywide month for celebrating the hot dog.

The skinny, delicious meat on a bun was first invented in Germany and spread to North America as immigrants traveled across the ocean to start a new life on American soil.

Traditionally, hot dogs are made from pork or beef and topped with condiments like mustard, ketchup and relish. As many of you know, the simple dish provides an easy way to grab a quick, filling, (if not always nutritious) bite to eat, on the go, that come in all types.

Restaurants like Wvrst in Toronto, Canada give diners the option to really go out on a limb with hot dogs. Hungry eaters can order bison, pheasant, duck, lamb, wild boar, elk, rabbit and even kangaroo as their hot dog meat. Hey, you can’t say they didn’t offer it!

For a taste of hot dogs across the U.S, check out this list of famous street meat by region:

1) New York

Hot dogs have their own personality all the way across the U.S.

No list of hot dogs is complete without New York’s traditional dog. You might eat one any way you like in the Big Apple, but many go for a hot dog topped with mustard, and sauerkraut or onions.

2) Chicago

The Windy City leaves little behind when it comes to dressing up its street meat. You’re likely to find yours is treated like a burger, here. It will come loaded up with fresh tomatoes, hot peppers, sweet onion, pickles and green relish. You’ve got your salad and meat to go, in Chicago.

3) Kansas City

If you’re in Kansas, you might find yourself opening up to a grilled Reuben hot dog. Said to be a combination of a hot dog bought at the ball park, and a classic Reuben sandwich, it involves an all-beef hot dog topped with melted cheese, caraway, sauerkraut and Thousand Island dressing.

4) Atlanta and the South

According to, some the best hot dogs in Atlanta are found out in the suburbs. What are they comprised of? A good old all-beef wiener on a bun, topped with ketchup, relish and mustard. Nothing beats bare bones tradition.

5) Austin

Hot dogs have their own personality all the way across the U.S.

Some people dispute this fact, but Texans will argue that the corn dog was first introduced to humanity at the Texas State Fair in the late 1930s to early 1940s. Made by deep frying a hot dog coated in cornmeal batter, these guys are a crowd pleaser across the country.

6) Philadelphia

You can find just about any type of hot dog you’re craving in Philadelphia, but you may want to spring for a Philly Cheeseteak dog if you’re there. Topped with onions, red and green bell peppers, roast beef and cheese, it’s a delight.

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