Coleslaw, cream cheese & bacon: Iconic US hot dogs


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Turns out people have strong opinions about hot dogs. If you’re from a city that’s known for its hot dogs, chances are you’re loyal to a very specific set of toppings. Have you ever tried putting ketchup on your hot dog in Chicago? We don’t recommend it! Because so many cities have their own version of the ideal dog, we put together this list of famous hot dogs around the U.S. in cities like Atlanta, Chicago, Detroit and more.

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  • In Atlanta, people like their dogs topped with coleslaw, especially if they’re watching the Atlanta Braves play at Truist Park. You’ll see this type of hot dog all over the South.
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  • The Chicago dog is iconic. Toppings include yellow mustard, green relish, raw onions, tomatoes, sport peppers, a pickle spear and celery salt piled high on top of a poppy seed bun.
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  • Home to the Polish Boy, this Cleveland-based hot dog is a kielbasa sausage or hot dog topped with French fries, BBQ sauce or hot sauce and a layer of coleslaw. However, if you’re attending an Indians game, you can expect to see your hot dog topped with Stadium Mustard.
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  • Many cities claim to have invented the corn dog, and Dallas is one of them. As the story goes, Carl and Neil Fletcher introduced one of the very first bunless dogs at the Texas State Fair in the late 1930s. Whether that story is true or not, you can enjoy a delicious corn dog in Dallas.
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  • If you’re traveling to Detroit, be sure to order the Coney Dog, which comes topped with savory chili, shredded Cheddar cheese and raw onions. Now that’s a chili dog.
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    Kansas City

  • We’re entering sauerkraut territory! People from Kansas City are no stranger to hot dogs topped with sauerkraut and melted Swiss cheese served on a sesame seed bun.
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    Los Angeles

  • Los Angeles is where things get creative. In LA, it’s not uncommon to see hot dogs wrapped in bacon and served with grilled onions and peppers. If you like spicy things, you can order yours with jalapeños. Now, if we’re talking about a Dodger Dog, these are 10-inch pork wieners that come in a steamed bun.
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  • You can count on Wisconsin to swap the basic hot dog for a juicy bratwurst. Order one when you’re in Milwaukee to enjoy toppings like spicy mustard, sweet pickles and sauerkraut.
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  • New Jersey said goodbye to the typical hot dog bun and hello to the Italian roll. All dogs are served on these amazing rolls and topped with things like onions, peppers and fried potatoes.
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    New York

  • New York is one of the biggest hot dog cities in the world. You can get these dogs topped with spicy brown mustard and sauerkraut or onions that have been sauteed in tomato paste.
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  • You can order the Sonoran hot dog in Phoenix, Tucson and other parts of Arizona. This dog comes piled high with a bacon-wrapped wiener, mustard, mayo, onions, tomatoes, pinto beans and jalapeños.
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    Seattle dogs are unusual in that they use cream cheese as one of their main toppings. These dogs are often split in half, grilled, topped with grilled onions and served in a toasted bun.


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