Hot dog consumption reflects regional differences

by Bryan Salvage
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DOWNERS GROVE, ILL. — Americans consume an estimated 7 billion hot dogs in the summer season between Memorial Day and Labor Day, according to the National Hot Dog & Sausage Council. To celebrate one of the biggest grilling holidays of the year — Labor Day — Ball Park Franks presented the following top-10 hot-dog consuming cities in the U.S. and the hot dog recipe famous for each city, based on data from Information Resources Inc.:

  • New York, N.Y. — New York City's street-cart dog is boiled and then served with a special onion sauce and deli-style yellow mustard or in some cases, sauerkraut;
  • Los Angeles, Calif. — This hot dog is wrapped with Mexican-style bacon and includes grilled onions, jalapeño or bell peppers and salsa;
  • Baltimore, Md./Washington, D.C. — The Monumental Dog is an all-beef frank topped with banana peppers, onions, diced red peppers, sliced pickles and served on a steamed potato hot dog bun that has been spread with mayonnaise;
  • Philadelphia, Pa. — The Philly Combo consists of an all-beef hot dog and a potato fish cake topped with mustard and onions;
  • Chicago, Ill. — The Classic Chicago Dog is served in a poppy seed bun with yellow mustard, green relish, chopped raw onion, fresh tomato, a pickle spear and topped with a touch of celery salt;
  • San Antonio/Corpus Christi, Tex. — The Tex-Mex dog is topped with salsa, Monterey Jack cheese and chopped jalapeños;
  • Boston, Mass. — The Fenway Frank is boiled and grilled, then served in a New England-style bun topped with mustard and relish;
  • Harrisburg/Scranton, Pa. — This area is home to the Texas Weiner, which has nothing to do with Texas. This hot dog is deep-fried and served with Greek sauce consisting of a smooth, slow-cooked meat sauce spiced with cayenne, cinnamon, allspice, cloves and cumin;
  • Miami/Ft. Lauderdale, Fla. — This city's hot dog is modeled after a Cuban recipe, which includes lettuce, avocado, mojo sauce (a sauce combining garlic and olive oil) and pineapple; and
  • Charleston, S.C. — The Carolina dog is served with chili, coleslaw, mustard and onions.



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