7 Iconic City Hot Dog Styles From Across The U.S.

7 Iconic City Hot Dog Styles From Across The U.S.

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A hot dog is just a hot dog no matter where you eat it, right? Not necessarily. Cities across the U.S. claim ownership over special hot dog styles thanks to hyper-specific toppings or special cooking methods. Check out nine of the most beloved styles.

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New York

In New York, the simple dog reigns supreme. A hot dog in the Big Apple is traditionally topped with a spicy brown mustard and either sauerkraut or onions sautéed with tomato paste.

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Chicago

Chicago-style dogs are some of the most well-known and unique hot dogs out there. The iconic dog from the Windy City comes loaded with an array of toppings, but always includes fresh tomato, big spears of pickle, hot peppers, sweet onion, and relish.

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Detroit

Though far from the New York beach and amusement park, the famous dog from Detroit is named the “Coney Dog,” and the beloved city spots that serve them are still called Coney Islands today. Smothered in beefy chili, shredded Cheddar cheese, and raw onion, these hearty hot dogs are an iconic Detroit city dish.

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San Francisco

Hot dogs wrapped in or topped with bacon are popular throughout the western United States, but in the San Francisco area, it’s common to find creamy mayo and other cooling toppings in addition to the smoky bacon. BLT dogs—topped with lettuce and tomato—are the way to go.

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Tuscon and Phoenix

Arizona’s most well-known cities are home to the Sonoran, a hot dog that’s first wrapped in smoky bacon, then topped with pinto beans, onion, mustard, mayo, and chopped tomatoes, onions, and jalapeños.

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Milwaukee

These may not look like the typical hot dog, but they’re the real deal. Ask a Wisconsin purist—tradition demands that these sausages be served on a toasted hard roll (not a hot dog bun), with butter, spicy mustard (not ketchup), sweet pickles (not lettuce), and sauerkraut.

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Dallas

If you’re looking for a truly unique dog, ditch the bun! There’s some controversy over where and when the corn dog was first created, but there’s no denying the deliciousness of the classic state fair food. Two Texans, Carl and Neil Fletcher, are just a few of the many who lay claim to first making and popularizing this now beloved snack. The duo are said to have introduced it at a Texas State Fair (held in Dallas since 1886) in the late 1930s or early 1940s. Regardless of its origins, the corn dog is a delicious twist on the traditional dog that Texans, and Americans around the country, have been enjoying ever since.


Hometown: Novi, Michigan

7-second life story: I’m a Midwestern transplant who discovered my passion for food later on in life, but am now completely, madly obsessed with pork, chocolate, booze, and basically everything delicious that you’re not supposed to love.

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