America’s 10 Best Regional Hot Dog Styles

(Last Updated On: June 26, 2019)
America’s 10 Best Regional Hot Dog Styles

With all the food that America has to offer, there’s no denying the popularity of hot dogs. Americans are estimated to consume about 20 billion hot dogs per year and they’re served in about 95% of US households. 

And there’s no way that hot dogs are only being eaten at home. Americans eat hot dogs in all sorts of places – on the streets, at the park, at a barbeque, everywhere.

So what’s the best type of hot dog? The truth is that each region is famous for its own. Everywhere you go throughout the United States, you’ll find different types of hot dogs special to the region. You’re probably wondering – how different can they really be?

If you’re travelling throughout the United States you’ll find different sauces, meats, condiments, toppings, buns and methods of preparation in every region you visit. Keep reading to discover some of the best American regional hot dog styles, and find out how unique a hot dog can really be. Hint – it’s not all ketchup, mustard and sausage.

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America’s 10 Best Regional Hot Dog Styles

Chicago-Style  

One of the most well-known, the Chicago-Style Hot Dog is served on a poppy seed bun with pickles, mustard, onions, tomatoes, peppers, and relish. Contrary to common tradition, in Chicago, people don’t add ketchup to their hot dogs. Pickles and relish are the way to go.

New York City

Hot dogs in the Big Apple are usually topped with sauerkraut, spicy mustard and steamed onions with a tomato paste. Everyone’s always on the go in New York CIty, so they like to keep their hot dogs simple enough to walk around with or take to the park, yet delicious.

Seattle-Style  

What’s unique about the Seattle-Style Hot Dog, also referred to as the Seattle Dog, is the added element of cream cheese that makes it stand out. It has onions and occasionally jalapenos as well, and it’s common to add sriracha sauce to make it hot and get that extra kick.

Atlanta-Style

Atlanta-Style Hot Dogs are typically served in a top-sliced bun, topped with onions and a ton of coleslaw to make them extra crunchy. And hey, it’s got vegetables – so you can say it’s moderately healthy.

Kansas City

Half sandwich, half hot dog, the Kansas City Hot Dog is served on a sesame seed bun with a pork sausage, sauerkraut, brown mustard, and melted Swiss cheese. This delicious mix will keep you satisfied for a while. 

Tucson and Phoenix Style

Inspired by Mexican cuisine and served throughout Tucson, Phoenix and other parts of Southern Arizona, the Sonoran Hot Dog has a mix of tomatoes, beans, mustard, mayonnaise, minced onions, and last but not least, green chile sauce. It actually originated Hermosillo, a city in the Mexican State of Sonora. 

Jersey-Style

In Jersey the hot dogs are usually deep-fried in a pizza bread or roll. Topped with onions, potatoes, and peppers, this Italian-style hot dog is probably one of the most filling (and spicy) that you’ll find.

Cincinnati 

Cincinnati Chili Dogs are topped with mustard, onions, a ton of cheese, and most importantly, chili. They’re simple enough that you can enjoy one at the park, but delicious enough to leave you feeling fulfilled and fully satisfied.

Philadelphia

While the Philadelphia Hot Dog varies by location, the basic principles are the same. It contains beef, sauerkraut, relish, onions, ketchup, and mustard. The sauces can be spicy or mild and the onions can be raw or fully cooked.

Cleveland-Style

Last but not least, the Cleveland-Style Hot Dog, also known as the Polish Boy, is served with french fries, sweet barbeque or hot sauce, and a layer of coleslaw. It’s usually made with a hot dog or ‘kielbasa’, otherwise known as Polish sausage. 

So there you have it – ten of America’s best hot dogs, by region. If you’re travelling and looking to grab the best-tasting hot dogs, try them out for yourself and see how much they differ by region. Or if you want to try making them at home, search for a recipe and see which combinations you like best. 


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