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Favorite Hotdog Toppings

My all-time favorite hotdog is with some coleslaw and tomatoes...

I also like the sour cream and tomatoes

Also the 7-11 style toppings are good (onions, pico de gallo, jalapenos)

does anyone have any good recipes to share?


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  1. I like spicy mustard and sauerkraut, but it can't be that mushy bland canned sauerkraut- it has to be the good stuff.

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    1. re: happybellynh

      Believe it or not, mustard, mayonnaise and a sprinkling of celery seed makes a great topping..........as does Sabrett's onion sauce for hot dogs (warmed).

    2. # 1: yellow mustard, chopped onion, nuclear green sweet pickle relish, sliced tomato, sport peppers, a dill pickle spear, and celery salt

      #2 yellow mustard, american cheese, chopped onoin, and jalapenos

      #3 american cheese, chili, chopped onions

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      1. re: swsidejim

        #1 is Chicago style and my preferred dog topping combo.

        1. re: Megiac

          you are correct. my favorite as well. Luckily I work outside of Chicago, and can get one of these daily if I want,

          1. re: swsidejim

            #1 is also my all time fave. dont forget the poppy seed bun (though the OP didn't ask about it).

            2nd runner up is sauerkraut with lots of deli mustard on bockwurst in toasted bun.

            1. re: choctastic

              yes, the for me the poppyseed bun is a must.

        2. re: swsidejim

          So very close to mine. #3, definitely. #2, yes though I often don't have jalapenos and #1...well, I've never had a dog in Chicago, so I don't now. Sounds like fun though.

          1. re: ccbweb

            the chicago style dog is kind of like a meal on a bun with all the toppings.

        3. Pardon the interruption - we've moved this thread from the Home Cooking Board to this board. If the original poster or others want to discuss actual recipes for hotdog toppings, please start a new thread on the Home Cooking Board.


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          1. re: The Chowhound Team

            thanks for the clarification!

            I love hotdogs with kimchee, and maybe some onions. Mustard and kimchee just don't seem to mix somehow.

            1. re: KaimukiMan

              Mustard, chopped onion, slaw, and chili.

              1. re: KaimukiMan

                Kimchee is good on things.

                It really is.

                I want to eat a kimchee burger.

              1. If it is a good hotdog then typically just a little yellow mustard does the trick. When I visit home and the hotdogs are grilled and basted with bbq sauce i like to top them with a bit of grilled onion. I will admit I grew up eating boiled hotdogs with ketchup and mustard and these still sometimes hit the spot as well =)

                1. Mustard and habañero hot sauce.

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                  1. re: BobB

                    Mustard relish and hot pepper spread

                    1. re: timmy

                      Bacon, caramalized red onion and a smear of cream cheese.

                      1. re: s9decker

                        ah, Perfect!! in college there was a hot dog stand open after-bars,
                        and cream cheese was one of the toppings... caramelized onion too...

                        we wrap bacon around the dog before grilling.

                        1. re: s9decker

                          Cream cheese?

                          I'm a Chicagoan where hot dogs are a religion and cream cheese would be a mortal sin. Where are you from?

                    2. chili and chopped onion on a fried dog. second best is a lightly grilled then broiled dog wrapped in bacon with american cheese. hardest part, imho, is finding a decent bun.

                        1. Wrapped in fried bolgna with deli mustard and onions....

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                          1. re: Hue

                            Wow, that sounds great.

                            I usually like toasted bun, melted cheddar, mayo, bacon and cucumbers.

                              1. re: savina

                                That sounds like a good combo- something to balance the spiciness of the Sriracha.

                                Me, I make something affectionately referred to as the "spicy stinky dog"- Sriracha, yellow mustard, thinly sliced thai bird chilies, and finely diced raw red onion. Colorful, spicy and delicious.

                              2. Sauerkraut and jalapenos en escabeche!

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                                1. re: Sam Fujisaka

                                  Who needs the dog when you've got toppings like that ...

                                  1. re: ipsedixit

                                    Actually, toss the bun, put the dog, sauerkraut, and Jalapenos in a hot wheat tortilla!

                                2. In Seattle you can get cream cheese on the bun at any of the street vendor stands. I've tried to negotiate this in other cities with no luck. It sounds disgusting but it's amazing...

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                                    1. re: Sam Fujisaka

                                      Stadium Mustard from the Cleveland municipal stadium (its been around like 50+ years and has been requested on 3 space shuttle missions.)

                                      iF you're not in cleveland, you can buy it online. It makes a hot dog a religious experience.

                                      1. re: lorenlpw1

                                        Loren, It must be Bertman's stadium mustard and kraut. The absolute best is when you can get the bun toasted.

                                        I'm from the Akron area.

                                      2. re: Sam Fujisaka

                                        Sam, you understand things! I mean, seriously, there's so much on here about the "proper" way to eat a hot dog. Well, I'm going to say there is none.

                                        Hot dog orthodoxy is just plain silly.

                                        I've had them many different ways and have enjoyed every one (almost).

                                      3. re: LAcupcake

                                        LAcupcake, is this also called a "Lincoln Log sandwich"? I ask because Carmella served up a Lincoln Log sandwiches on the Sopranos last night. It looked like hot dogs & cream cheese on a hot dog bun. I couldn't find anything on Chowhound, Google, or Wikipedia called a "Lincoln Log" sandwich, but I did see find Seattle Style hot dogs with cream cheese, onions and kraut. Cream cheese on a hot dog is new to me...


                                        1. re: The Dairy Queen

                                          I've never heard of it referred to as a lincoln log sandwich before but i suppose that would make sense. Everyone I've ever run this by thinks it sounds absolutely disgusting but it is sooooo good! we're not talking like an inch thick schmear on the bun but more of a really thin spread. give it a try and see what you think. :)

                                      4. Sriracha mixed with mayo on a turkey hotdog

                                        1. tomatoes, onion, mustard, bacon and cheese...

                                          1. Dill pickle spear and yellow mustard on fried dog from Hot Dog Johnny's

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                                            1. re: viperlush

                                              I made a Guadalajara Dog today with sour cream, tomatoes, and onions... mmmmm delishhhhh

                                            2. Is plain old chili and slaw out of the question? I've OD'd on Varsity dogs on many occasions...

                                              1. Chicago "standard" is my first choice, but my "usual" is jardinaire with yellow mustard, onions, and celery salt.

                                                1. my mom used to make a hot dog topping for our annual street BBQ with chopped onion, dill pickles, tomatoes, hot banana peppers, a squirt of mustard, and a bit of OO & vinegar. It was perfection.

                                                  I like mustard, sauerkraut, and onion. HATE relish!

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                                                  1. re: C70

                                                    That one sounds GOOOOOD!
                                                    We're going to wind up putting this thread back on Home Cooking- do you have that recipe?

                                                    1. re: lunchbox

                                                      no recipe- just fine dice all ingredients and mix well. It's best made a day ahead.

                                                  2. Ballpark yellow mustard, a steamy hot dog (kaspers crunchy skin) diced white onions, and tomatoes that are fresh but not gushy on a plain hot dog bun.

                                                    1. No nominations for bacon wrapped dogs topped with carmelized onions, chopped tomatoes, pickled jalapenos & crema?

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                                                      1. re: Eat_Nopal

                                                        Crema? You mean like mascarpone? Mixed with bacon and jalapeños? Please tell me that's some other definition of crema.

                                                        1. re: BobB

                                                          Mexican Crema is more like Creme Fraiche. The frankfurter is commonly wrapped in Bacon... then griddled along with chopped onions. After the wrapped dog is nestled in the griddled bun its topped it carmelized onions, chopped tomatoes & pickled jalapenos. Finally the its drizzled with Crema to balance out the acidity & spice of the jalapenos.


                                                          IMHO, the best way to eat a dog.... anywhere.

                                                      2. Mustard
                                                        Chopped Onions
                                                        Texas Pete

                                                        1. Minced cucumber kimchi with a few strings of fresh shredded Daikon.

                                                          1. I like to top my hotdogs with coleslaw and spicy giardiniera, I call this a southern Italian dog. I also like to top a hotdog with spicy chow chow and brown mustard.

                                                            1. That Sabrett Red Onion Sauce. I can and have eaten the entire jar with or without the hotdog.

                                                              1. Spicy brown mustard, sauerkraut and shredded cheddar cheese.

                                                                1. Kosher dog, spicy brown mustard, POTATO SALAD. Yum. Amazing.

                                                                  1. In my hometown there was a hole-in-the-wall lunch counter by the bus station, and the house specialty was coney dogs. These were hot dogs topped with a meat sauce which was somewhere between a beanless chili and a sloppy Joe mixture. I could never get off the bus without treating myself to one of these. Memorable!

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                                                                    1. re: Sharuf

                                                                      Sabrett makes a product called "Coney Dogs", they are a full sized Sabrett Frank encased inside a knish coating. They come wrapped in a plastic wrapper and are microwavable, nice for a change of pace. There are three flavors too, regular, spicy and something else.

                                                                      1. re: coll

                                                                        Okay, I know everyone is going to disagree with this but I DO enjoy a hotdog with ketchup (plus chili and cheese). I grew up eating hotdogs this way because my parents did (they are form Texas, could this be a southern thing or CA thing???). LOVE the combo. But all the toppings above make me drool and want to experiment. Especially the carmelized onions.

                                                                        1. re: cocktailqueen77

                                                                          Is there something wrong about catsup on a hotdog?

                                                                          1. re: viperlush

                                                                            Remember that ad that said, "Trix are for kids"? Most CHers appear to think that ketchup on dogs is for kids.

                                                                            I put ketchup and pickled jalapenos on my egg sandwiches.

                                                                            1. re: Sam Fujisaka

                                                                              I, personally, like ketchup on things.

                                                                              It makes everything taste like ketchup!

                                                                              1. re: therealbigtasty

                                                                                Thank you!! I LOVE the combination of ketchup, chili, and cheese on a hotdog.

                                                                          2. re: cocktailqueen77

                                                                            i grew up putting ketchup on hot dogs also. infact i still do, but i find myself topping the hot dog with brown deli mustard and onions. most of the time i eat a hot dog is at a dodgers game.

                                                                      2. Some all beef chili, lettuce, Frank's Hot Sauce, extra cheese, pickles, onions, on a sesame seed roll....LOL !!!

                                                                        1. mayo, datil pepper relish and sometimes crushed fritos

                                                                          the dog must be grilled or fried and the bun must be grilled or toasted.

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                                                                          1. re: hitachino

                                                                            Dijon mustard on both sides of the hot dog bun, the dog, chili, sharp cheddar, raw onions, then in the oven to broil to melt and brown the cheddar. The bun gets toasted, too.

                                                                          2. I'm in with the sauerkraut and brown mustard crowd. Although, when I'm back in my hometown of Montréal I'll grab some stimmés (steamed dog and steamed bun) "all-dressed" (coleslaw, chopped onion and yellow mustard).

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                                                                            1. re: mrbozo

                                                                              Coming from Montreal as well, i am partial to those "all-dressed" hotdogs (sweet pickle relish, yellow mustard chopped onions and cole slaw or cabbage depending on the restaurant)

                                                                              Another of my favorite would be another Montreal staple, the michigan hotdog, with some tomato and meat sauce

                                                                            2. In North Carolina they put chili and cole slaw on the hot dogs.
                                                                              My favorites are
                                                                              - brown mustard on a grilled hot dog, grilled bun
                                                                              -ny push cart hot dog with mustard and sauerkraut - that's the nostalgia kicking in, usually I regreted buying them because of the soggy bun effect
                                                                              -the push cart hot dog in my home town used to serve boiled dogs with plain bun (no sogginess, i think they used new england style buns) topped with yellow cheese! mmm.

                                                                              1. Chicago dog!, or split'm fry them,flat on buns or even plain 'ol bread, a ton of WOLFBRAND chili ,mustard, onions,and sharp cheddar mmmmmm, or cold with catsup,tobasco,and american cheese(also split)

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                                                                                1. re: jword2001

                                                                                  Cole slaw, onion, shreaded cheddar. Wiener Factory in the LA area serves it this way and it's outstanding.

                                                                                  1. re: SIMIHOUND

                                                                                    I would put shredded cheese and meat sauce

                                                                                2. A grilled nathans hot dog on a top cut bun with mustard red onion and relish

                                                                                  1. A North Carolina style hot dog is served "all the way." (Yes, that's how the natives refer to it.)

                                                                                    The toppings on a North Carolina hot dog (served "all the way") are mustard, chili, onions and slaw.

                                                                                    If one orders a North Carolina hot dog "no slaw," this means mustard, chili, onions, and hold the slaw.

                                                                                    A note about "traditional" ingredients and preparation of the NC hot dog:

                                                                                    * mustard is usually the cheapo, bright yellow, French's variety (or lesser quality)
                                                                                    * chili (no beans)
                                                                                    * onion is chopped; often yellow onion is used, but sometimes Vidalia
                                                                                    * slaw is often NC barbecue-style slaw (rather than mayo-based cole slaw)

                                                                                    tuh-duh. NC Hot Dog 101

                                                                                    1. #1 fave ~~ grilled Dodger Dog at the Stadium/ w/ ketchup, mustard, & relish

                                                                                      after that ~~ good quality hot dog w/casing ~~ chili (no beans), cheese, yellow mustard

                                                                                      I don't eat the bun

                                                                                      I don't like the sound of a Chicago Dog at all, I've never had one, but I am impressed with the loyalty

                                                                                      1. It depends on the day.
                                                                                        sauerkraut and sweet swedish mustard
                                                                                        sweet relish and sweet swedish mustard
                                                                                        mayo and relish
                                                                                        onion and relish
                                                                                        ketchup, mayo, onion and relish
                                                                                        jalapeno and ketchup
                                                                                        Sriracha and sweet relish.

                                                                                        Thats why hot dogs, brats or sausage can be a universal food......I think I am going to try the kimche for a Korean Dog sounds good.
                                                                                        Just yellow mustard is a little to plain and Chile dogs just are a little to much for me.

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                                                                                        1. re: wineman3

                                                                                          A grilled natural casing all beef dog (Best's from N.J., Usinger's, Sabrett, Boars Head) with just brown deli mustard.

                                                                                          A grilled natural casing beef/pork dog with just quality yellow mustard.

                                                                                          A deep fried natural casing beef/pork dog with mustard and New Jersey style Greek chili sauce.

                                                                                          A deep fried ripper from Rutt's Hut with their unique relish.

                                                                                          A natural casing all beef dog with brown mustard only that is prepared in water.

                                                                                          Depending on my mood.

                                                                                        2. The absolute best hot dog is topped with a spicy, grainy mustard and a generous helping of baked beans (I make my baked beans with melted cheddar cheese, which adds another awsome element).

                                                                                          1. the aforementioned nuclear green relish, grainy mustard and fried onions . . . heaps of relish and onions . . .

                                                                                            the bun is best w a smear of duck fat, face down in the onion skillet till golden

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                                                                                            1. re: cinnamon girl

                                                                                              Yet another use for my saved-up duck fat! Thank you!

                                                                                            2. I'd like to add Guatemalas favorite Hot Dog: "El Shuco" (Shuco actually means dirty)
                                                                                              It's in a charcoal grilled bun, very light and crispy. Then spread some guacamole, some cabbage (just cooked, no mayo), the sausage (many options including chorizo), simple ketchup, mustard and mayonaise. The best include some Chirmol (Grilled skin tomato sauce with parsley, chopped onions, lemon juice, salt and very spicy little peppers called chiltepes)
                                                                                              This is our standard street hot dog.

                                                                                              1. I had a dog once topped with awesome kraut, pineapple jam, bacon, melted swiss cheese and crushed potato chips. Ketchup was optional - I opted out. As bad as it sounds, it was delicious, and I've made this again at home, although my maiden voyage with it was in Panama.

                                                                                                1. Norwegian polser med rekker salat or hot dog w/ shrimp salad. A Nice little doggie topped w. a mayo based sweet North Atlantic (Maine style) shrimp w/ peas, tiny diced potato and a little diced cooked carrot salad. Incredibly delish.

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                                                                                                    1. Mustard (yellow or spicy brown), minced Mazetta yellow hot peppers and celery salt is a great combo.

                                                                                                      So is South Carolina mustard BBQ sauce and diced onion.

                                                                                                      And so is Wolf Brand Chili, yellow mustard, grated X-sharp cheddar and diced onion.

                                                                                                      1. Fresh roasted Hatch green chiles, of course, w/ mayo!

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                                                                                                        1. re: Passadumkeg

                                                                                                          I wonder if there's a green chile hot dog in New Mexico that's similar to the green chile cheeseburger? Hmmm...

                                                                                                          1. re: Passadumkeg

                                                                                                            Mayonnaise on hot dogs? Yikes. I can get a lot of regional variations, but doesn't it cease to be a hot dog at some point? Mayo is enough to drive this Chicago girl to an early grave.

                                                                                                            1. re: chicgail

                                                                                                              Don't go to Europe or South America, if you don't want mayo. I prefer it tremendously over ketchup. When does Chicago Dog cease to be a dog and becomes a salad????
                                                                                                              Broaden your horizons a little.

                                                                                                              1. re: Passadumkeg

                                                                                                                Well, we agree on something. Ketchup doesn't belong on any hot dog any more than mayo does. But if you like it ... it's your hot dog.

                                                                                                                I don't expect to find a great hot dog in Europe. I wouldn't even consider looking for one, ordering one or eating one. The worst hamburgers I ever tasted were on that side of the Atlantic.

                                                                                                                European sausages? Sure. Hot dogs? Out of the question.

                                                                                                                By the same token, I wouldn't expect to find great chewy, crunchy authentic Italian pizza in Bangor.

                                                                                                                1. re: chicgail

                                                                                                                  <I don't expect to find a great hot dog in Europe. I wouldn't even consider looking for one, ordering one or eating one. >

                                                                                                                  That's a shame. The best hot dogs that I have eaten have been in Europe (Reykjavik, Prague, Paris).

                                                                                                                  Ketchup is just another condiment, no needs to be scared of it.

                                                                                                                  1. re: viperlush

                                                                                                                    omg - the hot dogs in Reykjavik with crunchy onions! The best. If only they had good mustard.

                                                                                                                2. re: Passadumkeg

                                                                                                                  Si/Sim, P-keg. Chile has the completo:


                                                                                                                  And I've never seen a Rio place that didn't have mayo. Not ketchup but mayo.

                                                                                                                  1. re: c oliver

                                                                                                                    Thanks, Cath, I've eaten them in Chile and a cousin in Bolivia w/ papaya.

                                                                                                                    1. re: Passadumkeg

                                                                                                                      Somewhere (non-digital) there's a picture of me in Santiago chowing down on a completo - for breakfast. Mmmmm.

                                                                                                                      1. re: c oliver

                                                                                                                        In Bolivia street carts were ll over w/ "dirty water" panchitos; spicy little doggies w/ competition for creative toppings.
                                                                                                                        Mango, papaya, avocado, pickled onions and MAYO!

                                                                                                                  2. re: Passadumkeg

                                                                                                                    Mayonnaise on my turkey dog is the only way I'll eat my dog with red onions, dijon mustard and a little squeeze of ketchup..
                                                                                                                    Mayonnaise is king!

                                                                                                                    1. re: Beach Chick

                                                                                                                      Mayo is the best on French fries and green chile cheese burgers too.

                                                                                                                      1. re: Passadumkeg

                                                                                                                        love dipping my fries in mayo and love a good tomato sandwich with mayo oozing out with Lay's or Kettle chips, squished inside the sandwich for the crunch and salt factor.
                                                                                                                        I cannot eat a burger unless it slathered with mayo and a side of mayo to dip.
                                                                                                                        Have you had a TJ style dog Pass?

                                                                                                                            1. re: Beach Chick

                                                                                                                              Oh, those were the ones that LA food inspectors made illegal from street carts. I've made them at home. I just called them LA bacon dogs. I thought Traders Joes!?

                                                                                                                        1. re: Passadumkeg

                                                                                                                          Mayo with some Cholula is good also.

                                                                                                                    2. re: chicgail

                                                                                                                      The addition of mayo suddenly makes a hot dog not a hot dog? I'm bewildered.

                                                                                                                      1. re: tommy

                                                                                                                        I agree, Mr. T.

                                                                                                                        Franks are emulsified, just as mayo's emulsified, and they blend in way that's not scary.
                                                                                                                        Add some onions, good mustard, some cheese, and some chili,
                                                                                                                        and I'd share that good dog with the sweet Virgin Mary.

                                                                                                                        Sometimes relish, and sauerkraut. But those strong ones I'll desist
                                                                                                                        when I'm dining with Mary, 'cause she might slap my wrist.

                                                                                                                        It's a balance, when dining with VM, twixt the bravely topped dog, and the bland.
                                                                                                                        If I go way too far and dig deep in those jars, she might grab a Nun's ruler and rap on my hand.

                                                                                                                        1. re: tommy

                                                                                                                          Tommy, I'm not talking about frankfurters or sausages.

                                                                                                                          Here in Chicago a hot dog is a Vienna Kosher-style -- or it's not a real hot dog. For me, putting mayo on a hot dog is a little (no, actually a lot) like putting mayo on corned beef or pastrami. You might do it. You might even like it. But it's certainly unconventional (maybe even weird).

                                                                                                                          1. re: chicgail

                                                                                                                            You still maintain that putting mayo on a hot dog makes it "cease to be a hot dog"? Still bewildered.

                                                                                                                              1. re: Passadumkeg

                                                                                                                                I do like mayo.
                                                                                                                                Don't like it on hot dogs. Or corned beef. Or pastrami.

                                                                                                                                  1. re: Passadumkeg

                                                                                                                                    Achtung? "Attention" in German?

                                                                                                                                    Is that a non-sequitor or do you intend it mean something?

                                                                                                                              2. re: chicgail

                                                                                                                                I believe most outside Chicago would actually say the same about your beloved
                                                                                                                                dog drug thru the garden. What's up with a salad on top of your hot dog?

                                                                                                                        2. In Peru and Bolivia, one can get silpancho; French fries and hot dog chunks deep fried together and smothered w/ ketchup & mayo. Yum.

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                                                                                                                          1. re: Passadumkeg

                                                                                                                            Also a favorite snack in Ecuador, where they are called salchipapas. This midwestern girl had never seen mayo on a french fry either 'til she went to South America. The beauty of international travel!
                                                                                                                            Growing up (in Michigan), it was always pickles at our house, never relish. I'm not sure why. I still prefer pickles to relish.

                                                                                                                            1. re: tokyo

                                                                                                                              Hot dog vendors in Sao Paolo, Brazil, take hot dog toppings to a new level. There are some 30 toppings or so at many street vendors. The most popular (and delicious) are mashed potatoes, corn, a cream cheese called, 'catupiry', vinaigrette (basically a fresh relish with chopped peppers, tomatoes, onions, white vinegar or lime juice, s & p, and possibly cucumber), as well as mayo, and finally topped with hickory stick potatoes. This is a meal on a bun...sometimes you can even taste the dog. We love the vinagrette salad and often make it at home with Sahlen's weiners from Buffalo.

                                                                                                                          2. Check out Korean hot dogs.
                                                                                                                            Real Seoul food when I visit out boys.

                                                                                                                            1. An old Jewish deli fave- brown mustard and potato salad., or the Cape Breton "whistle dog" wrapped in bacon, w melted cheese, yellow mustard and a slice of dill pickle.

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                                                                                                                              1. re: kencod1

                                                                                                                                I just can't see bacon being an old Jewish favorite

                                                                                                                              2. In Providence they have New York System weiners, which have nothing to do with New York. It is a natural-casing wiener on a side-cut hot dog roll, yellow bran deli mustard, chopped yellow onions, celery salt, and a sauceless hamburger meat "sauce". Delish.


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                                                                                                                                1. re: GraydonCarter

                                                                                                                                  "yellow bran deli mustard" - typo or is this a kind of high-fiber mustard I haven't seen yet? ;-)

                                                                                                                                  1. re: BobB

                                                                                                                                    Bob & Gray you must try Raye's Mustard of Eastport, Me. Excellent grainy mustard. Bob you'll find it in Alston, for sure. I lugged it all the way to NM.

                                                                                                                                    1. re: BobB

                                                                                                                                      Ya. I copied that from the recipe and now that I think about it I think they used yellow mustard, not whole grain mustard.

                                                                                                                                      Mustard Bran is a real thing, though: Flour made from the hull of the mustard seed. Very very very small seeds.

                                                                                                                                    2. re: GraydonCarter

                                                                                                                                      One of my fond memories of living in Rho Dieland. I love how they line them up on their arms to put on the topoings. I always found it odd, tho, that they didn't use New England style buns.

                                                                                                                                      I also used to love the ones from Ben's Chili Dogs in Newport.

                                                                                                                                    3. Bar Harbor Real Ale Mustard from Rayes Mustard of Eastport ME and some chopped onion OR Saurkraut....THE BEST!

                                                                                                                                      1. When we were little, my mom always made us hotdogs slashed down the middle, stuffed with sharp cheddar, wrapped in bacon, broiled and then served with mustard. And she ALWAYS lightly buttered the bun. Mom was trendy 50 years ago! But I also love a good ole Southern Junk Yard Dog , with cole slaw, chili, relish, onions and mustard!

                                                                                                                                        1. chicago style is my favorite but sometimes i like them with just mustard and onions or chili and cheese

                                                                                                                                          1. I like a grilled natural casing Hofmann's German style frank with Woeber's Sandwich Pal Jalapeno Mustard. Sometimes I will add onions and/or home-made chili, all in a grilled New England bun.

                                                                                                                                            1. Grab the frankfurter along length of its axis
                                                                                                                                              and with knife run four slices longitudinally.

                                                                                                                                              Then lay sweet sausage down on its side
                                                                                                                                              and give some more scores along every half inch.

                                                                                                                                              Then roll them with loving in in cast iron pan of eight or ten inches
                                                                                                                                              applying the heat to seared gentle quarters.

                                                                                                                                              There then becomes choice of the type of the bun
                                                                                                                                              I prefer mine besteamed in the microwave
                                                                                                                                              Then lathered quite heavy with mayo and mustard and diced onions.

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                                                                                                                                                1. re: Passadumkeg

                                                                                                                                                  For sure I have explored in my mayo addiction
                                                                                                                                                  into the realms of a pinchfull of curry.

                                                                                                                                                  but my previous post of mayo mustard onions
                                                                                                                                                  neglected my penchant for freshly cut cheese,

                                                                                                                                                  Them Dogs deftly sliced then searingly fried
                                                                                                                                                  with aformentioned buns and their toppings

                                                                                                                                                  Are top of realm rendered Dogs.

                                                                                                                                                1. re: maxevan

                                                                                                                                                  You must be a Mainah! Red snapper, neon red dogs, w/ Maine shrimp in shrimp cocktail sauce!

                                                                                                                                                2. My favorite is a Nathan's (Coney Island only) hot dog with saurkraut, relish and lots o' mustard!
                                                                                                                                                  Every once in a while I'll get onions (sauce type) too.
                                                                                                                                                  FYI: In Reykjavik, Iceland hot dogs are called Pylsurs and are served with crispy, fried, minced onions. They add a nice crunchy side to the dog. At 3 AM on weekends there will be a line of clubbers at the hot dog trailer.

                                                                                                                                                  1. I like them all.
                                                                                                                                                    Slaw dogs
                                                                                                                                                    Chili cheese dogs
                                                                                                                                                    Mustard kraut dogs
                                                                                                                                                    Corn dogs
                                                                                                                                                    Sabrett onion dogs.
                                                                                                                                                    Ketchup, mustard and relish dogs.
                                                                                                                                                    Chicago dogs (without the tomato)

                                                                                                                                                    Aside from the chicago dog's poppy seed bun, my only requirements are a skin on dog and a new england style top split bun.

                                                                                                                                                    1. Spicy Mustard and Sauerkraut.

                                                                                                                                                      1. My favorite is the chili cheese dog without mustard. I like mustard, but for some reason I don't like it in combination with chili.

                                                                                                                                                        I had some hot dogs in Copenhagen once. They were served with ketchup, not mustard, though what they called "ketchup" tasted nothing like Heinz or Hunts in the US, and came out of a toothpaste tube. Apparently that's how many condiments are packaged there. It was more like a very bland tomato sauce and was much thinner than US ketchups.

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                                                                                                                                                        1. Deputy Dog from Woodys in Hartford Ct. is delicous. Foot long home made all beef hot dog, topped with Pulled pork, bacon (optional), Two slices of sharp Cheddar and BBQ sauce!
                                                                                                                                                          I usually go for a Mayo, Ketchup, Honey Mustard and pickle dog.

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                                                                                                                                                          1. re: Mianardozzi

                                                                                                                                                            Are you really Dagwood Bumstead in disguise. Sounds delicious!!

                                                                                                                                                          2. Mayo, sweet pickle relish and shredded cheese.

                                                                                                                                                            1. Nothing. I like to savor the taste of the hot dog itself without it being buried under an avalanche of toppings.

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                                                                                                                                                              1. re: mucho gordo

                                                                                                                                                                What about not an avalanche of toppings? Do you use a bun, or just eat it from the plate.

                                                                                                                                                                1. re: tommy

                                                                                                                                                                  bun is ok because it really has no taste and doesn't overshadow the meat. I also like to cut the dog up, throw it into a pot of beans and heat it all together.
                                                                                                                                                                  Can you really taste the hot dog underneath mustard, relish, ketchup, etc or do you just taste the toppings??

                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: mucho gordo

                                                                                                                                                                    I'm able to taste different components. Like pizza. Or a hamburger. Or steak diane. Or any other dish made with 3 ingredients.

                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: tommy

                                                                                                                                                                      That's my point, tommy. The different components have a much stronger taste than a relatively mild hot dog. They do not enhance the flavor of the dog but overpower it.

                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: mucho gordo

                                                                                                                                                                        So I've been eating hot dogs for decades and never even tasted one! Oh no! LOL!

                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: tommy

                                                                                                                                                                          I'm telling you how it is for me, tommy. If you can tast the meat through all the other stuff, then I'm happy for you.

                                                                                                                                                                    2. re: mucho gordo

                                                                                                                                                                      If you can't taste the meat under the toppings, I suspect it means you're eating crappy hot dogs.

                                                                                                                                                                      I got three dogs with everything from Giuseppe's in Nonantum (a Boston suburb) yesterday, and the onions, relish and mustard had been brought together in a lightly-cooked sauce that tamed each ingredient a bit, making them less harsh, sweet and vinegary, respectively. It was an interesting variation, but I'm not sure I'd go for it every time.

                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: Jenny Ondioline

                                                                                                                                                                        Even top of the line dogs have a rather mild taste. At most, they're 1/4 - 1/2 inch in diameter. Most places don't make the sauce you refer to; they just put out various condiments / toppings which usually have high vinegary content and a much stronger taste. That little bite of meat can't begin to compete and is easily overpowered. To me, toppings don't enhance the basic ingredient, they cover it up.

                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: mucho gordo

                                                                                                                                                                          Is mustard one of these highly vinegary condiments that you refer to?

                                                                                                                                                                          Mustard is eaten with all types of cured, smoked sausages all over the world.

                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: tommy

                                                                                                                                                                            Yes and I'm fully aware that it is served 'round the world. Even I use a bit of spicy, brown mustard on some things such as corned beef or pastrami; meats with a more pronounced flavor than a hot dog has.

                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: mucho gordo

                                                                                                                                                                              Yes, and not only mustard, but saurkraut, it is so vinegary, I always remove 95% of the kraut from my coney dog.

                                                                                                                                                                2. My uncle used to eat them raw which creeped us 8yr olds out all the time.

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                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: Just Plain Craig

                                                                                                                                                                    Hot dogs are cooked before you buy them. Not sure if that was the case for your uncle's hot dogs.

                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: tommy

                                                                                                                                                                      I lived in Fairmont, WV for two years and loved the hotdogs and
                                                                                                                                                                      "sauce" - could eat four for lunch, no worries. Normally we have
                                                                                                                                                                      onions, mustard, and sometimes kraut. My son on Martha's
                                                                                                                                                                      Vineyard got me on to Mama's Lil's pepper sauce for hot dogs
                                                                                                                                                                      and it is just excellent. You have to have curry catchup with white
                                                                                                                                                                      wurst - non other.

                                                                                                                                                                  2. The perfect hot dog is of course each to their own
                                                                                                                                                                    but hopefully feast triumvirate.

                                                                                                                                                                    There is dog.
                                                                                                                                                                    There is bun.
                                                                                                                                                                    There is toppings.

                                                                                                                                                                    Within those big three
                                                                                                                                                                    might we all just feel free
                                                                                                                                                                    to dollop the dog to our liking?

                                                                                                                                                                    Last time around
                                                                                                                                                                    that I chowed doggy down
                                                                                                                                                                    I took look at Trifecta
                                                                                                                                                                    in hope that the sausage and bun and the toppings
                                                                                                                                                                    would yield up a dog most perfecta

                                                                                                                                                                    Treatment of sausage
                                                                                                                                                                    Treatment of bun
                                                                                                                                                                    Splay of the toppings and condiments

                                                                                                                                                                    Good dog done

                                                                                                                                                                    1. A couple of spoonfuls of Spaghetti-os on top with nacho cheese sauce on the bottom or vice versa. Maybe some diced onion for texture.

                                                                                                                                                                      1. - Two/three sliced tomato wedges

                                                                                                                                                                        -Two thinly sliced white onion

                                                                                                                                                                        - Two long wedges of sliced pickle

                                                                                                                                                                        - Mustard

                                                                                                                                                                        - Tabasco

                                                                                                                                                                        - Salt

                                                                                                                                                                        And that's it!!

                                                                                                                                                                        1. Wow! Nobody mentioned my favorite yet.

                                                                                                                                                                          Natural casing dog + savory chili + crispy, tart sauerkraut + spicy mustard = happy, happy me!

                                                                                                                                                                            1. My top 3:

                                                                                                                                                                              1. Chili, cheese, and crushed fritos
                                                                                                                                                                              2. Giardiniera pepper mix and cream cheese
                                                                                                                                                                              3. Cheese sauce and crushed potato chips

                                                                                                                                                                              1. To top a dog: spicy brown mustard, onions, hot relish, kraut and hot peppers. All on a toasted bun.