Hot Dog Styles Throughout the USA

Hot Dog Styles Throughout the USA

There’s nothing more all-American than a good ol’ juicy hot dog in a bun. But what a hot dog means to you might depend on where you’re from. From sauerkraut in New York to sport peppers in Chicago, have a taste of each region’s take on an old favorite.

Chicago: In Chicago, we like our hot dogs overloaded with toppings!  It isn't Chicago-style unless it has mustard, relish, chopped onions, tomato slices, sport peppers, celery salt, and a pickle spear.  Absolutely no ketchup allowed! 

Detroit: You’d think you’d find a Coney Island hot dog in Brooklyn, but to sample this delicious dog, you’ll need to travel to the Midwest.  A Coney, as it’s affectionately known, is topped with all-meat chili, mustard and chopped onions. Some variations have shredded cheddar on top, as well.   

New York: New York City might just be the unofficial home of hot dogs.  With carts on every corner, finding them is certainly not a hassle, and places like Gray’s Papaya and Nathan’s are world-famous.  Mustard and sauerkraut are favorites in NYC.  Onion in tomato paste is another hot dog topping that originated in the Big Apple. 

This Southwest-style hot dog is called a Sonora.  It's not only wrapped it bacon, but it features more toppings than you can shake a stick at.  Expect to find chopped tomatoes, onions, cheese, salsa or chili sauce, pinto beans, mayo, ketchup and mustard, all nestled into a steamed roll.  You might even find some guacamole and jalapenos thrown in, too! 

Washington D.C.: Our capital city is famous for a dog they like to call a“half-smoke.”  Topped with chili, mustard, and onions, this dog isn’t really a dog at all.  Made of both pork and beef, the half-smoke is actually a sausage with a spicy kick.   

The South: Move further down the country, and you’ll find hot dogs slathered in slaw.  In West Virginia, they’ll add some chili and mustard, while other places may throw in some BBQ sauce.  From Georgia to Alabama to the Carolinas, cole slaw on your hot dog is a must. 

More hot dog recipes:
Hot Dog and Cheese Pie
Hot Dog Chili
Hot Dog Surprise
Hot Dogs and Kraut
Bourbon Hot Dogs

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