For lunch I grabbed a bite at the local hot dog stand. When asked for condiments I went with my go to of onions and then added cream cheese. The vendor called it a Seattle Dog. I had never heard this before and was wondering where it came from.
I've heard of the Seattle Dog thing before and always wondered about it. I was born here and never, ever heard of cream cheese on a hot dog. Personally, I suspect it's some strange idea the the crazy idea of a Seattle roll at a sushi place with hard smoked salmon and cream cheese can somehow transfer over to hot dogs.
For me the ultimate Seattle dog was always a Bavarian Meats wiener [or even better, a smoked wiener] with sauerkraut and hot sweet mustard on a crusty roll. You can also wrap the dog in lefsa if you are a Norwegian Seattle type.
I just started hearing a hot dog with cream cheese called a "Seattle Dog" in the past yer or so--before that, never. I'd been attributing this to my tragic lack of hipness.
No idea how it developed, but it's been around for a long time. I remember back when I turned 21 (err...more than 10 years ago) we got them at hot dog carts in pioneer square when stumbling out of a bar or club. Actually, we often skipped the actual hot dog and just got the cream cheese in the warm hot dog bun and ate it in the cab on out way home.
There's a restaurant on First Avenue in Pioneer Square called Mediterranean Mix which seems to lay claim to the invention of the so-called Seattle Dog. Without being too familiar with the place, I can't vouch for the veracity of the claim.
205 1st Ave S, Seattle, WA 98104
This does appear to be a legitimately local style. I've never seen it outside Seattle but it's been a staple of local hot dog carts for a long time. No idea if MedMix is the responsible party.
They are good under certain (inebriated) circumstances.